It’s homeschool madness at the Freeman’s ya’ll!
One thing I really I want to do over the coming years is to introduce my children to all the natural world wonders. I have been having a lot of fun setting little “themes” for our homeschool preschool projects this month!
This week we have been learning about waterfalls and have focused on Niagara Falls…
Online Photos, Videos and a Virtual Tour of Niagara Falls
You can find spectacular photographs of Niagara Falls on the Internet. One website is appropriately called Niagara Falls. It is the official site of the city of Niagara Falls in Canada. The photo gallery has over 150 pictures of regional sights, highlighting (of course) the Falls.
The virtual tour (CLICK HERE to view) introduces you to the geography and majesty of the most powerful waterfall in North America from the perspective of a helicopter (or a bird.. or a drone.. or a flying superhero? Whatever…)
Get the family together, turn on the computer, and before anyone can ask “are we there yet?” you’ll be barreling towards Niagara Falls. SPEAKING OF “barreling”. So apparently people going over Niagara Falls in a barrel is a thing?
After impressing upon my children the inherent dangers of waterfalls, I turned to YouTube for some close up videos of the falls.. just to have a Niagara Falls suicide pop up… oops! THAT was fun brushing off so as not to alarm the kiddos. “Oh, that silly man! He went swimming by a waterfall. That probably hurt, he shouldn’t do that huh?” *nervous chuckle*
And then I had to launch into ANOTHER “waterfalls are dangerous” spiel. Hey, I read Death in Yosemite recently, and after reading countless real stories of grown men and MANY young kids swept over falls from wading in water within a football field distance from waterfalls, I am making sure my kids have a healthy respect for these dangerous natural beauties!
Waterfall Themed Crafts and Activities for Children
So after the safety spiel I then let my kiddos play a free online video game where they can play a character paddling a canoe down a waterfall. (Okay, so I need to work on my safety spiel consistency here…) But seriously though, this game was really cute, and really easy.. my 4 year old was able to maneuver through the first course and had a blast, and I even had fun helping her out! CLICK HERE to check it out!
After informational photos, videos and games, we also put together a waterfall paper craft, using blue tissue paper and white mini pom poms on kraft paper to make a waterfall. It was more of a sensory game for my 2 and 4 years old.. they had fun ripping the tissue with their hands, crinkling it up, and spread glue with their fingers to make the waterfall shape. Gluing the pom poms was also a great for developing fine motor skills.
Some Fun Facts About Niagara Falls
While I didn’t go into too many details on Niagara falls with the girls (they were pretty wowed by the whole “it’s a waterfall” concept, so fact just flew right over their heads..) but for the adults here are some fun facts! (One of the coolest things about homeschooling is re-learning all these things myself!)
Niagara Falls is located on the Niagara River, on the border of New York state and Ontario, Canada. It is divided into three separate waterfalls, known as The Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. Niagara Falls:
- Is 167 feet, at the Horseshoe Falls
- Attracts 12 million tourists each year
- Can produce over 4 million kilowatts of electricity
- The Niagara River flows at about 35 miles an hour
- 3,160 tons of water pour over the falls each second
- The water gushes over the falls at a rate of 32 feet per second