With spring in the air here (sometimes...) I love thinking about how we'll be getting outside again, playing in the dirt, looking for worms and planting a garden. Toddlers and preschoolers, with their natural curiosity, are the perfect age for studying nature. Today for Saturday Science, I want to share some ideas for encouraging and nurturing that curiosity about nature.
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These cute sweet treats have been floating around Pinterest. They looked easy enough so we gave them a try. Peeps + race cars? Oh, Kay was very pleased!
Our spin on it was that I wasn't going for "Pinterest-perfect." I did one as an example, and then let Kay have free reign. I'm glad I did, because, wouldn't you know, that girl has some creative ideas!
I was excited to try this idea out with Kay. She's always open to a bit of process art and if it's messy, all the better!
I filled up some plastic eggs with washable tempera paint, adding a splash of water to each one. Since they have holes on both ends, I didn't deliberately mix the paint and water, just quickly closed them up and set them on a plate.
My one mistake was trying this on a windy-ish day. Not a smart idea. The paper kept flying away, so we held it down with a rock.
I wanted to title this "Marble Runs for Dummies" or something similar, but didn't want to be unintentionally insulting. Of course, the insult really goes to me. I love the super-simple, no creativity or talent required things - probably because of my lack of creativity or talent! Fortunately, I've found that simple works best, so it's all to the good!
I post simple, sometimes ridiculously obvious, activities on this blog. And the reason behind that is that sometimes adults forget that simple is often best or we forget the little games or toys we made up as children, lost in the fog we see childhood through. (For example, hand-print turkeys or ghost lollipops - classics!)
This game certainly follows this pattern. But where as a kid I would just think about "Was it fun?", as a parent I also look at it as "Look at all they learn from this!"
Chromatography is so cool!
Go ahead, ask me is I even knew what it meant a month ago!
So...what is it? Simply a technique used to separate mixtures. And since markers are mixtures of colored dyes, they are the perfect introduction to this kind of science for preschoolers. (Got the definition from Science for Kids!)
The nice weather finally found it's way to New England and Kay has been taken advantage by riding her bike and swinging on her swing constantly. On the schedule for tomorrow...picnic! I hope it's as lovely where you are!
Our yard is always messy. My husband is a "collector" (read "semi-hoarder") and our backyard is where he stores his...well, let's just call it junk, shall we? Tools, scrap metal, buckets galore, all ooze out of the garage and onto the grass. (On the plus side, we always find cool stuff to use for crafts and activities in the garage!)
Kay came across a ladder that had similarly been left out and started playing on it.
Kara from ALLterNATIVElearning is creating an Ultimate Earth Day Education Guide with posts on various topics related to teaching children about helping the earth. I feel fortunate to be a part of such a great resource.
Check out our ideas for repurposing plastic bottles.
Then let me know - do you have any other ideas for reusing them? How do you help your children learn about recycling and reusing?