This week, I introduced the phases of the Moon to our Future Scientists. We covered the New, First Quarter, Full, and Last Quarter Moon phases.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we decided to create beautiful crystals! The kids designed their own shapes and were able to take home a gift for a loved one.
Last week, we went outside to observe the signs of winter. It had been really, really cold around here so the kids had been inside for several days. They were very happy to get out in the sun and snow!
Although it was FREEZING outside, we decided to create our own ice cream!
Today, we created our own “puffy paint.” It was a great lesson on states of matter and change. The kids had a ball with this one……
Locally, we have had lots and lots and LOTS of snow lately. We definitely have snow on the brains! Due to extremely cold temperatures, we decided to create snow indoors. Here is what we did….
With all of the freezing weather that we have had lately, I thought it was time to discuss water in its solid state-ice! We began by discussing the difference between water in it’s liquid state and in its solid state. The night before, I filled one paper cup, per child, with water and stuck it in the freezer.
We talked about how slippery ice is and what could happen if you were to step on ice. Next, we talked about how important it is to melt ice so people and cars may get to their destinations safely. But how?? How can we melt ice when it is cold outside? This was our question for the day…
It can be difficult to hold the attention span of preschoolers on one topic for forty-five minutes. However, this activity did!!! I actually had to stop the scientists so we would have time to record their observations in their journals. I highly recommend doing this experiment. I was thinking that next time, I may put something in the ice that the kids need to get to, such as a plastic toy.
Sometimes it is difficult to hold the attention of a group of preschoolers. However, this activity kept them exploring for forty-five minutes! This week we explored color mixing!