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.
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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Today was our magical Leprechaun rock hunt.
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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
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
We found this Mystical Tree awhile back & decided it was a good day to try it.
We started it just before nap & saw nice growth by the time A was up.
It was neat watching the crystals grow & turn the color of the tree limbs. And interesting that it was white on the trunk.
SKILLS: Patience, Observations, Science, Predictions
11:pm (A saw it in the morning & called it the broccoli tree! )
The concept behind this is too advanced for A, but it is a neat visual.
Take wooden toothpicks & break in half, but not apart. Place then so their center (folded) parts touch. Drip a little water at a time on the center & watch the toothpicks move apart.
(This works because the the water travels through the toothpicks using capillary action)
SKILLS: Observation, Fine Motor Skills, Water Properties