Science

STEM 3 Little Pigs

Today after school we decided it would be a great day to do our 3 Little Pigs Activity.

To prep for this I wrote down my ideas, did a bit of searching, and came up with my ideas. Here I have a few options depending on time & how it is going. The nice thing about this is I now have some ideas set for future days if needed. 🙂

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Kiwi Crate: Arcade Claw

We enjoyed another one of our Kiwi Crates today. This one was about arcade games. A was so excited about this she started it first thing in the morning in her PJ’s. 🙂 The first step she started was creating a pom pom guy.

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Space Exploration: Part 2

Our space exploration continues. Today we finally had some time to break out our paint. With our Kiwi Crate there were watercolor stickers of each of the planets. After reading the story that came with the kit, we talked about what each of the planets looked like (& had pictures for reference). Then A proceeded to paint the planets. S also painted some pictures.

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Space Exploration: Part 1

We got a new Kiwi Crate the other day. This time I decided to use it as part of a larger Project Based Learning unit. So we started off with sitting on the stairs & “seeing that our house has floated into space”. Then the (pretend) phone rang and it was mission control asking A & S for their help in building a rocket ship & exploring space. In addition to their rocket ship they also built their Control center.

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The Rainbow Explosion

You’ve got to try this! All you need is: milk, food coloring, cotton swab, & rubbing alcohol!

We got the book Exploring Kitchen Science for Christmas. Last week I pulled it out & let A look through it & pick out some she would like to try.

Today we tried the Rainbow Explosion. This was a great experiment because: we had all of the ingredients at home, prep was little, & results were immediate. Before we started we made predictions about what would happen.

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Float or Sink

A found an empty water bottle & wanted to put stuff in it.  She started with a rock & then wanted to add water,  so we did.  Which of course lead to the discussion of,  “what happened” & “why”.  (It sunk & because it is small).  Which lead to other objects being put in & making guesses as to what would happen.   
It was fun watching them make guesses,  usually based on what happened before.  Then they started shaking it,  which lead to observations & discussions about was happening.   Fun,  impromptu exploring life! 

SKILLS: Observations, Predictions, Float/Sink.

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Peep Catapults

I have been trying out events and activities that correspond to a business idea I am working on.  We have now successfully hosted two.  (See details of our first here).

This event was Peep Catapults! After we had it all set up outside,  mother nature decided to change our plans so we hurried and moved it all inside.

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Magical Leprechaun Rock Hunt 

Today was our magical Leprechaun rock hunt.   


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Loose Leaf Tea Sensory Play

A is always excited to play with certain things when S is napping.  Many days,  like today,  that involves some sort of sensory play. 

After cleaning out our cupboards I realized we had a lot of tea that we do not like.  So that became our material for the day. 

We started off with the tea and chop sticks and making patterns/ letters.  Which lead to burying the chop sticks.  Which then turned into scooping the tea and pouring it in & out of the bag.  Then finally it made it to the typical A question,  “what happens when we add water?”  So we did.   I love watching & listening to her line of thought & questions. 

SKILLS: Self-directed play,  Cause & Affect, Fine Motor 

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Skittles Experiment 

So A was excited about the skittles from Halloween .  So we decided to do a little experiment (or as she called Magic)!

Did you know that if you places skittles down & then slowly pour warm water around them,  the colors run!  

A & I each took a plate & arranged our skittle.  I put a piece of watercolor paper under mine to see what would happen.  

It was fun watching how excited A got as she watched she colors appear!  The watercolor paper absorbed some of the color,  but it was very faint.   

After we watched the colors spread out,  A had fun looking at the skittles and how they changed. 

SKILLS : Color changes,  Observations,  Describing, Fine Motor 

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