Posts Tagged With: Science

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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Our favorite slime yet! 

Ater our last slime we decided to try another one that would stretch better.  So this time we tried Saline Slime by Little Bins for Little Hands.  This is by far our favorite slime so far! (Easy to make,  not too sticky/ messy).

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Butterfly Chromatography 

This is Spring break for our County. So it means it is a good time to host another event.  

Today was Butterfly Chromatography. Markers are made up of different colors.  when you put them on some paper and have water travel up the paper, the different colors separate. 

We started off with the story Gotta Go Gotta Go! I love seeing how excited and engaged the kids are! 

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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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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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Mystical Tree 

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 

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11:pm (A saw it in the morning & called it the broccoli tree! )

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