Today I handed A & S this cardboard covered in aluminum foil & told them they had to figure our what was inside, WITHOUT opening it up.
It was interesting watching them try & figure out what to do. Finally she started pressing on it. Then her response was, “there’s a bump.” So I encouraged her to continue.
Finally she figured it out!
Categories: Art, Homeschool, Independence, Senses
Tags: Art, Curiosity., Fine motor skills, Friends, Homeschool, Independence, Learning, Observations, Patience, Problem Solving, Senses, Sensory, Touch
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.
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.
We were working on activities for the upcoming baby shower we are hosting. (Stay tuned for that post). This moment it was cutting tissue paper for woodland animal themed sun catchers. So A was having fun cutting & tearing the paper, (Fine motor) and then putting it in a large pink bowl. (Which can you believe I got in college and I still remember that?) Then A looked at it and said, “What happens if I add water to it?” (questioning) So….
I said, “Let’s find out!” So A ran and got the eye droppers and filled a cup of water and brought it over to the counter. A proceeded to slowly at first add water, then after a few times with the dropper, she poured in the rest. Then she sat there and played with it with her hands. (self-directed play)
I find it very interesting listening to her as she does these activities. (describing) Sometimes she makes up stories, sometimes she describes it to me. After a little while I asked her what happened with the water. She told me that it is like play-dough because it made a ball and it gets squishy. (observations) These are great observations!
SKILLS: Self-directed play, Fine motor, questioning, describing, observations
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! )