Showing posts with label science. Show all posts
Showing posts with label science. Show all posts

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Density Science Experiment

I love science!  It's important for kids to ask questions about their world and experiment.  For this preschool activity I had 5 different liquids separated into cups: water, vegetable oil, dish soap, rubbing alcohol, honey.  I dyed them different colors to make it easier to see how they separated.

I handed out a paper that had two different vases on it.  One asked the kids to color what they thought would happen.  In the other vase they were supposed to draw what actually happened.

Here was one of the finished papers.  (I love the little flowers in the vase for her guess on what would happen.)

The colors didn't separate as well as I would have liked.  Perhaps I didn't let it settle long enough.  The only colors the kids could see were yellow, black, and orange.  It worked out okay though because I used this experiment for a Halloween activity (so the colors were perfect).

I got the idea to do this density experiment from the pin I found of the Steve Spangler Science site. This site is FABULOUS for science experiments for kids.  I spent hours looking at the videos of his experiments and browsing the site.  If you need a science fair project or are just looking for something fun to do with your kids this is the place to go.

More preschool fun:
Humpty Dumpty Lesson
Candy Corn Bar Graph

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bug Preschool Lesson

Focus: Counting, Science - Curds and Whey, Art, Pretend Play, Team Building & Sportsmanship

Things you'll need for this lesson:
  • Exploring bugs activity - magnifying glasses optional
  • Dead or alive counting game - at least 10 plastic bugs
  • Little Miss Muffet science - milk, vinegar, see-through cup
  • Spider web team building activity - yarn
  • Egg carton spider craft - egg carton, black paint/paint brushes/paint shirts or aprons, jiggly eyes, black pipe cleaners, glue gun
Exploring Bugs Activity:
It was a beautiful day.  I gave each of the kids a magnifying glass (I found them at the dollar store).

(Before going outside set up some ground rules about sticking together and where they can go.)  We headed outside to see how many bugs we could find. We talked about their similarities and differences; we counted them; we talked about their colors.  The kids had fun running all over the place finding bugs.  The girls were more hesitant about getting close to the bugs than the boys.  

Dead or Alive Counting Game:
Once we came inside we played a math game.  I grabbed 10 plastic bugs and threw them in the air. When they landed we counted how many were dead (lying on their backs) and how many were alive (standing on their feet).  Each kid had a chance to throw the bugs.  

Little Miss Muffet Acting Game;
I taught the kids the poem Little Miss Muffet.  I let them pretend to be either the spider or Miss Muffet.  The kids loved scaring each other and running away.  

Curds and Whey Science Activity:
After acting we did this Curds and Whey Science Experiment.  We poured our milk into a see-through glass, added the vinegar (it was stinky) and we waited.  The kids watched the curds form.  

Spider Web Team Building Activity:
I gathered the kids and we formed a circle.  I held a ball of yarn and tossed it to one of the kids.  They held onto the yarn and then threw the ball to another kid.  We did this over and over until a web formed between us.  

Egg Carton Spiders;
The kids put on their paint shirts or aprons and headed over to the table.  I set up some egg cartons and black paint.  The kids painted the egg cartons.  When they finished painting they added jiggly eyes.  I hot glued some pipe cleaner legs onto their dry spiders.  

The kids really loved this activity.  And didn't those spiders turn out so cute?!

Pre-Kinders has lots of other fabulous bug lesson ideas.  

Happy teaching!

More preschool ideas:
Humpty Dumpty Lesson
Ugly Duckling Lesson

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Color! Color! Color!

One of my favorite units to teach Princess' preschool group last year was on color.  Pinterest was a lifesaver for this lesson.  First, I talked with the kids about all of the different colors of the rainbow,  primary and secondary colors, and mixing colors.  I used this color wheel to help the kids visualize the relationship between primary and secondary colors.

Next, we played a game I invented. I hung streamers from the ceiling (one streamer for every color of the rainbow) clear down to the floor.  I would then shout out a color or say, "A primary color!  A secondary color!  Etc."  The kids would run to a streamer that fit the description as fast as they could. The kids loved the game and we played for a long time.  I wish I would have thought to take pictures!

We did a color science experiment I saw on Pinterest next.  You fill a bowl with milk and add a drop of food coloring of each of the primary colors to opposite sides of the bowl.  Then you squirt in some dish soap and watch the magic happen.  The colors start to mix before your eyes!

The kids took notes of their observations.

For snack time we ate a fruit rainbow and I made some magical color changing drinks.  All you do is put a drop of food coloring of different colors at the bottom of some clear plastic cups.  Allow food coloring to dry.  When you are ready to serve you pour a cup of clear liquid over the food coloring.  The colors will all be different and the kids will be amazed.

The kids eating the fruit rainbow and enjoying the magical color changing drinks.

Aren't colors fun?

After snack time we did some color lacing cards, talked about warm and cool colors, and made color patterns.  This site gave me the inspiration to make lacing cards.

I got the idea to make the warm and cool color pattern sheets from these cute pattern pom-pom caterpillars.  Princess loves the lacing cards and Goofy loves the pom-poms that go with the color pattern sheets.

We finished off the day with this wonderful color spectrum song I found on  The kids had so much fun trying to run to the different colored streamers as fast as Professor Ludwig Von Drake sings them.  We did this over and over again.  Enjoy the video!