Christmas Party - Kid Games and Ideas November 27 2017
Simple Machine Science for Kids: Launching Ping Pong Ball Snowmen by Buggy and Buddy
Whenever I invite my kids to participate in science experiments, my main goal is NOT to make sure they master a set concept, but simply to allow them to explore the activity in their own way. Giving this freedom to children inspires them to make predictions and critically think about the world around them in a pressure-free setting.
We don’t really get snow in our neck of the woods so we have to create our own imaginary snow activities~ like our indoor snowy toy car ramp, or like this activity- launching ping pong ball snowmen!
Materials for Launching Ping Pong Ball Snowmen
- Ping pong balls (Optional: Draw snowmen faces on the ping pong balls with Sharpiesto make this science activity winter themed!)
- Wooden yardstick
- Something to use as a fulcrum (Examples: coffee can, large wooden toy block, a log, or a brick )
- Small plastic cup
- Strong tape (like packing tape or masking tape)
- An open space to do the activity (like your yard or a nearby park)
- Optional: Paper and pencil for science journaling
1. Tape a plastic cup to one end of the yardstick. (We started off with just a few pieces of tape, but soon realized we needed to add quite a bit more to keep the cup from flying off the yardstick. Really tape that baby down with some strong tape.)
2. Grab your ping pong ball snowmen, your yardstick (with cup attached) and whatever you’re using as the fulcrum (in our case a coffee can) and head outside. Find an open space (like your yard) to set up your activity.
2. Place the yardstick over the coffee can (or whatever item you’ve found to use as the fulcrum).
3. Put a ping pong ball snowman into the cup.
4. Give the snowman a little pep talk before his launch.
4. Push down on the opposite end of the yardstick quickly (with either your hand or foot) and observe what happens to the ping pong ball.
5. Allow plenty of time for children to explore launching the ping pong balls. Optional: Encourage children to record what they are noticing in their science journals. Younger children can illustrate what is happening with simple pictures.
6. Depending on the age and interest of your child, introduce the terms lever and fulcrum. (A lever is basically a stick or rod that uses a pivot point or fulcrum to move something. In this case the yardstick is the lever, the coffee can is the fulcrum, and the lever is moving the ping pong ball.)
7. Invite your child to observe what happens to the ping pong ball when changing the position of the fulcrum. Older children can use the markings on the yardstick to record the location of the fulcrum in their science journal and how each location affects the distance the ping pong ball travels.
This activity can be a great learning experience for any age! Theo at 2 years old had a blast launching his ping pong ball snowman! He felt proud being able to set up the activity on his own and gained experience with cause and effect.
Lucy, age 5, was determined to see how she could set the lever up to get the ball to go the furthest by changing the location of the fulcrum after each launch. And she was very excited to find out what would happen when she launched lots of snowmen at once. She made all kinds of predictions as she explored our lever activity!
Want to Go Even Further?
Related activities to extend the learning for various ages.
- Play on a seesaw at your local playground. How is the seesaw the same and different as your ball launching lever? Do you think the seesaw is a lever? Why or why not?
- Where do you see levers being used in your everyday life? (Some examples: scissors, seesaw, pliers)
- Go online or to the library and research first class, second class, and third class levers.
- Design and build a smaller version of the lever we made today.
Hey Cancer! It's Going to Get Ugly December 01 2012This December, Team Ugly is honored to be ambassadors to the new Stand Up 2 Cancer campaign called "Hey Cancer! It's Going to Get Ugly!" The campaign runs from today, December 1, 2012 through December 31 and encourages folks to don their ugliest and tackiest holiday gear to help raise funds for innovative cancer research.
Pinterest + Ugly Christmas Sweaters September 08 2012
Yep, now you can spend countless hours scrolling through and pinning items that are relative to ugly Christmas sweater parties on Pinterest. We've already started a few boards and have found some really cool ideas that we want to share!
ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer December 20 2011
Interview with The Mulberry Lane Show - Enjoy! December 14 2011
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Guests Friday, December 9, 2011 December 09 2011
Hey everyone! Be sure to tune in tonight (or set your DVR) to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Team Ugly will be the second guest tonight following Bill O'Reilly. We will discuss our new book, The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book, as well as share ideas and tips for you to have the best Ugly Christmas Sweater Party of all time!
Wear your ugly Christmas sweaters and gather 'round the living room.
See you all tonight!
Where's the Ugly Sweater Party At? December 02 2011
We've always enjoyed hearing from our fans and customers about upcoming parties, so we wanted to invite you all to share with us when/where your Ugly Christmas Sweater Party will be this year.
If you're hosting or attending a PUBLIC party, let us know:
Date / Time / Location / Fundraiser or Benefit / Etc.
If you have a flyer made up, send it along or post it to our Facebook page. (www.Facebook.com/UglyChristmasSweater)
This is the season for Ugly - You're INVITED!!
Ugly and Tacky Accessories Are Here November 27 2011
Team Ugly is happy to announce the new collection of Ugly and Tacky Accessories to add to your Ugly Christmas Sweaters and Party Door Prizes! Hurry! They won't last long - only $7.00 EACH!
We have Christmas Tree Hats - Reindeer Antlers - Blinking Red Reindeer Noses - Elf Shoe Covers - Goofy Christmas Tree Hats and Santa Hats! Everything you need, we have it! Check them all out over on our Accessory Page
New Design = More Ugly Christmas Sweaters August 11 2011
Right now, you should be reading this update via our newly designed site; we hope you like it!
You may also see a few test Ugly Sweaters, as Team Ugly is putting the final touches on the design and page layouts, which requires the new site to be live. Thank you for being patient with us and for all of the great feedback over the recent months.
New inventory (actual Ugly Christmas Sweaters that are available for purchase) will be live on the site by September 1, 2011. If you have any questions, or would like to get in touch with us - be sure to use the Facebook, Twitter or Email function buttons at the bottom right of each page.
Have a great August! More updates will follow...
We raffled off $100 Visa Gift Card, Patrick Kane Blackhawks jersey, a spa package, iTunes Gift Cards and we even sold a few dozen Ugy Christmas Sweaters; all of the proceeds will be donated to The Shriners (www.shrinershq.org) to help children receive the proper medical attention they deserve.
The party was rockin' as Sixteen Candles put on one heck of a show!
Here are a few pictures from the event, enjoy!
Ugly Sweater 12 Pack July 26 2011
Team Ugly is proud to present, the "Ugly Sweater 12 Pack".
Don't just go to an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party...BE THE PARTY!
Office Party? Done.
Family Gathering? Done.
Random Party while waiting in line at Starbucks? Done.
Just picture how awesome you will be showing up with the Ugly Sweater 12 Pack. Did we tell you that you can customize what sizes you want? How will you feel when a Ugly Sweater 12 Pack arrives at your door? Answer: Pretty awesome.
November 25, 2010
Ugly Christmas Sweater Giveaway July 26 2011
We're excited to announce that we'll be giving away one Ugly Christmas Sweater everyday this month!
We invite you all to "Fan" us on Facebook and enter the "Name It to Win It" contest by commenting your most creative and funny name for the Ugly Xmas Sweater that we post.
Get started now! Good luck!
November 1, 2010
Spring Into Some Ugly! July 26 2011
It's never too early to start planning your next Ugly Christmas Sweater Party! The Windsor Star (Canada) is getting a head start, and they were kind enough to give UglyChristmasSweaterParty.com a mention in today's newspaper.
March 29, 2010
300,000 Page Views in 30 Days?....Woah! July 26 2011
We didn't think this was even possible...guess we were wrong! Thanks again to everyone for stopping by the site!
December 18, 2009
Ready to Party? We Are July 26 2011
Along with our good friends at the Zombie Club, we're holding an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party & Fundraiser this Saturday night!
We Did It!!!! July 26 2011
100,000 Page Views in one month!!!
A Social Affair July 26 2011
Along with some new Ugly Christmas Sweaters, you will also notice two more new items to the site:
You can now Fan us on Facebook and/or Follow us on Twitter...be sure to join in on all the fun, as we would love for you to upload photos of you and your family and friends sporting your ugly goods from UglyChristmasSweaterParty.com!
Thanks for helping kick off the season with a great start! We can't wait to hear from you soon!
Already over 200 Fans on Facebook...that only took a few days :)
November 23, 2009
Team Ugly's Favorite Holiday Movies July 26 2011
Team Ugly believes that tradition is what makes the holiday season the best time of year, and we think one of the best traditions is watching our favorite holiday movie.
To us, 'tis the season once we've enjoyed the following classics:
By the way, what are your favorite holiday movies?
Brian's pick:"A Christmas Story"
Why "A Christmas Story"?
I love this movie for a number of reasons and can relate to Ralphie on a few levels:
I am from Northwest Indiana, which is where the movie takes place, and just like Ralphie yearned for a red rider BB gun with a compass in the stock and a thing that tells time, I yearned for a Bears pullover Starter jacket. As we all know - Ralphie got his gun, but I never got my Bears jacket :( . Then again, I avoided shooting my eye out, so we're even.
Adam's pick:"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"
Rudolph is an inspiring tale that lets everybody know that no matter how many times you get left out or get made fun of, you can still end up being awesome.
Kevin's pick:"Die Hard"
Why "Die Hard"?
While "Die Hard" is not your traditional Christmas movie, I'd like to point out that if it wasn't for Christmas officer John McClain would not have been at Nakatomi Plaza on that fateful night. Also, there is something about watching Bruce Willis shoot bad guys in the face and blowing stuff up that makes standing in the long lines at the mall much easier.
There you have it folks, these are our favorite holiday movies, let us know what yours are!
November 15, 2009
A Truckload of Ugly Sweaters Arrives July 26 2011
The first batch of 2009 Ugly Christmas Sweaters are in!
Be sure to check back often and tell your pals.
More to come soon...
November 12, 2009
Out with the Old, In with the New July 26 2011
Last season the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party website enjoyed huge growth, as media outlets like CNN, MSNBC and newspaper websites across the county covered this slightly new and very popular holiday tradition.
My goal over the next few months is to travel near and far to gather up a fresh batch of Ugly Christmas Sweaters; featuring the most awful designs, patterns, actual Christmas tree lights that light up, etc.
If you happen to still have your ugly sweater from this past holiday season and you'd like to advertise it on my site, please feel free to contact me, using the links below.
September 26, 2009
Wow! The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party is Taking Off! July 26 2011
As I logged on to get the website ready for the 2008 season of Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties, I was amazed to see how popular this website has become. Thank you for ALL OF YOUR EMAILS and SUPPORT!!
I hope to improve the resources this site offers, and in the meantime, please feel free to contact me with any questions or special requests, and don't forget to send pictures of your Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties!
November 24, 2008