Category Archives: Science

Exploration Ice Blocks

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Submitted by: Mandy White

Let little ones explore textures, colors, temperatures and more!

Goals:

  • To learn about different textures
  • To practice matching skills
  • To learn about the different forms of water: gas, solid, liquid

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: ice cube trays, plastic containers, Liquid Watercolor™ and various materials (glitter, colored sand, colored rice, leaves, flowers, rocks, small sticks, etc.).

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Fill the different compartments with a little bit of the different materials you gathered. Carefully fill the tray with water. Add some drops of Liquid Watercolor™ to some of the compartments. Allow to freeze overnight.

Step 2.
The next day, empty the ice cube tray into a clear plastic container. Allow the children to touch and feel the cubes and encourage discussion about how the different materials frozen inside of them feel.

Step 3.
Use tweezers to help you explore the different ice cubes, while also practicing the pincer grasp.

Furthermore:
Ask the children to match cubes with similar attributes (colors, size, materials, etc.), or try practicing fine motor skills by stacking the cubes.

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Craft Tube Shark

craftsharkCelebrate Shark Week by creating your very own shark using common materials.

Goals:

  • To practice using fine motor skills
  • To engage in discussions about sharks
  • To engage in pretend play

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: BioColor® paint, craft tubes, wiggly eyes, glue, tape and paper.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Cut a triangle out of one end of a craft tube. Keep both triangle pieces.

Step 2.
Tape and glue (a little of both work best) one of the triangles to the uncut side of the craft tube.

Step 3.
Help the children carefully cut a slot in the top of the craft tube. Make a small fold along the long end of the second triangle piece and insert it into the slot. Tape the folded part of the triangle to the top underside of the craft tube.

Step 4.
Paint the craft tube and triangles grey. Allow to fully dry.

Step 5.
Cut strips of sharp teeth out of white paper and glue to the cut side of the craft tube.

Step 6.
Add final details to your shark. Use black marker to draw gills and then add wiggly eyes!

Step 7.
Optional: Glue a stick or straw to your shark to turn it into a puppet!

Furthermore:
Read books about sharks, or watch programs on TV to learn about these fascinating creatures!

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Iceberg Melt

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Submitted by: Kate Parker

Using icebergs made from paint, children watch the melting process and make observations of the combination of colors, flow of the melting colors and the elapsed time needed for their “icebergs” to melt.

Goals:

  • To practice measuring
  • To understand the difference between liquids and solids
  • To hypothesize about the new colors created when colors are mixed
  • To create art and patterns from the melting “iceberg” paint
  • To discuss where real icebergs can be found

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: small paper cups, markers, water, BioColor® paint colors and a covered working surface.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Give each student a small paper cup and have them write their name on it. Students should add their own mix of BioColor® paint to their cup. Freeze overnight.

Step 2.
Have the children guess (i.e., make hypotheses) what will happen when their icebergs begin to melt and blend together. What new colors will be created?

Step 3.
Tear away the paper cups to release each iceberg. Place the icebergs on a plastic tray, panel or another type of water container.

Step 4.
Observe the melting icebergs. Which hypotheses proved to be true? Encourage the children to develop new hypotheses as they observe.

Furthermore:
Discuss further scientific principles that can be observed while the icebergs are melting. For example, solid water (ice) floats on liquid water. Do the melting paint colors blend the same way they do on paper?

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Swirling Solar System

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Submitted by: Mandy White

Hang swirling BioColor® planets on a hoop for hands-on learning about the solar system!

Goals:

  • To investigate color blending
  • To learn about the planets in our solar system

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: BioColor® Clear Ball Ornaments, BioColor® paint, a hoop, foam sheets (for planet rings) and yarn or string.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Locate a book or Web page with pictures of the planets to use as a reference.

Step 2.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of BioColor® paint to each ball, using colors that resemble each respective planet. Close the ball tightly and swirl the paint around to cover the inside.

Step 3.
Optional: Use tape to attach foam rings to Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.

Step 4.
Hang the planets from a hoop and have them orbit the Sun in the center.

Furthermore:
Discuss the different attributes of the planets, such as size, composition and whether or not they have rings. View pictures from the Mars Rover Curiosity and discuss how the surface of Mars compares to the surface of Earth.

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Specimens and Potions

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Submitted by: Gaby Merediz

Explore outside to create a special jar of specimens and potions for Halloween.

Goals:

  • To engage in imaginative play
  • To explore outside in the fall season

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: an empty jar (jam, peanut butter, mason jar, etc.), Liquid Watercolor™, wiggly eyes, paint brushes or paint droppers, various cups for paint and water and natural items found outside. Lead a nature walk outside to gather acorns, twigs, plants, grass, dead flowers, etc. Provide the children with a small bag to use to collect their items.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Fill the empty jar about half way with water. Pour, mix and add Liquid Watercolor™ to the jar until you get the desired color.

Step 2.
Add items collected from outside to the jar.

Step 3.
Glue or attach self-adhesive wiggly eyes or other decorations to the outside of the jar.

Step 4.
Use the creepified jar to decorate for Halloween!

Furthermore:
While working, talk about the different items that were collected on the nature walk. Try to discuss and identify each item. When mixing colors in the jar, talk about color blending. What new color does two other colors create?

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Leaf Man

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Submitted by: Penny Sommers

Explore the fall season and gather materials to create a personal Leaf Man.

Goals:

  • Work cooperatively when hunting for materials to build a Leaf Man
  • Learn about the different types of things that can be found outside during the fall season

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Large sheets of heavyweight paper (at least 9″ x 12″), glue, and an assortment of leaves from outside with which to create a Leaf Man. Lead a nature walk outside to gather leaves. Provide the children with a small bag to use to collect leaves.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Spread the collected leaves on a work surface.

Step 2.
Arrange the leaves on top of a sheet of paper in the shape a Leaf Man. When you are happy with how your Leaf Man looks, carefully glue the leaves to the paper.

Step 3.
As the children work, discuss the different types of leaves and the trees they come from.

Step 4.
Optional: Enhance your Leaf Man creation with paint or other embellishments.

Furthermore:
Read and discuss the book The Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. For future projects, use collected leaves to create an array of different creatures.

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Fossil Footprints

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Submitted by: Meghan McKinney

This activity uses puffy paint to make fossil-looking dinosaur footprints.

Goals:

  • Practice fine motor skills, including painting and stamping
  • Create a sensory-filled, 3-dimensional piece of art

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: White glue, puffy paint in your choice of color, foaming shaving cream, mixing bowl, spoons or craft sticks, poster board, and a selection of dinosaur footprint stamps or any other kind of stamp available.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Spray shaving cream into mixing bowl. Add white glue and mix. This mixture should be 2 parts shaving cream, 1 part glue.

Step 2.
Add paint to the mixture to give it color. Start with half a cup of puffy paint, and add more if necessary.

Step 3.
If necessary, add more glue and shaving cream to maintain “puffiness.”

Step 4.
Provide each child with a sheet of poster board (cut to a smaller size, if you like). Drop a scoop of the paint mixture onto each sheet of poster board.

Step 5.
Have the children gently spread the mixture over their poster board with a spoon or craft stick. Don’t move it around too much, or it will lose its fluffiness.

Step 6.
Give the children a variety of stamps and let them make dinosaur tracks. Or, they can carefully draw in the puffy paint with their fingers. When the paint dries, the tracks will look like they have dried in the mud!

Furthermore:
Read a book about dinosaurs and the scientists who find and dig up real fossils!

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