Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Preschool Science wtih Mother Goose Time - Light

Day 7 is all about Light and it is the second day of a new week in which we learn all about a new scientist and inventor.  Last week was Alfred Nobel, and I learned more about him than I ever knew, and this week we are learning about Isaac Newton.

When I first read the story about Isaac Newton the boys both piped up, we have a friend named Isaac!  It just so happened that Isaac (our friend, not the inventor ;) was here on the day we were finishing up the light activities.

On light day we shined a light through a glass of water to try to make a rainbow.  We didn't have much luck.  I tried adding a white paper around the flashlight but stopped at that point because we have seen many rainbow.  I talked about spraying water from a hose and seeing the rainbow in the water.

Next we made a Color Paddle with the provided supplies from Mother Goose Time.  In the center is red cellophane.  We shined flashlights through it and we looked through it to see what it would do to the things around us.  We talked about what it meant to be translucent.  I shined a light against a solid shape piece and then a translucent one and kept using that term over and over.  I told them that it was a fancy science word and they would impress people by using it.  Then Lachlan asks "what's that word again?"

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Reactions

It seems that it has become a bit of a routine to set out trays of activities when our friends are here.  This month is all about Science, and we are having so much fun.  Day 4 was all about Reactions.

While the kids were busy playing I set up the trays in more of a station format on the table.
Here is the Baking Soda Reactions activity. 
I still needed to cut out the storytelling pieces for this one.  I actually found the storytelling set in the next days bag.  So I was a bit confused at first.  This went with the Alfred Nobel Storytelling activity. 
This was the set up for the Firework Salt Painting art project.  I tried it out to make sure I had the paint the right consistency. 
 Here is a look at the table as a whole and all the mess around it. 
Now it was time to get the kids involved.  Cody started with the baking soda and vinegar.  We started with the discussion question "Are all clear liquids water? How do you know?"  It didn't take long, when I asked them to smell the liquids, to figure out that they were both NOT water. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Mixtures

We have not zoomed through the Science Lab, like I had hoped.  We just got to day 3, which is all about mixtures.  I've had the discovery bag out for quite a few days now, opened and ready to dive into.  But our days have been busy.  Finally I decided to set out all the activities on our colorful trays and put them out on the counter.  I haven't done this in a while.  I seem to do this more during the summer because it's more of an open invitation and they can choose when they are ready to stop the summertime play and do a little experimenting fun.  

Prepare yourself, this is going to be one of those "picture stories" I often write because I have 37 awesome pictures that walk you through our day.  
These bath tub color tablets were recommended by another parent or blogger, I can't remember.  But they have been a lot of fun in the bathtub and worked perfect for this experiment.  A lot better than food coloring or paint. 
Here is the whole counter set up and ready to go.
I wonder who will notice the fun on the counter first?