And the ice could not hold out against the sun. The first link melted.
We have a mold for making ice shot glasses. I knew it would be perfect for water play in the summer. And I was right. So here is our fun water beads and ice shot fine motor tray. Liam played with this for over 20 minutes.
He worked hard at using the tongs to pinch and pick up the waterbeads and then place them into the colored ice cups.
I used what I had on hand and that was black water beads. When we do this again I think I will use a multi color pack and try and have the kids match the waterbead color to the ice glass color.
Mikey decided these were baby snake eggs. I thought they looked more like frog eggs. But to each his own. The kids played with this for over an hour!
I made a new wind tunnel for the kids, and its awesome. This Wind Tunnel is even easier to make then the first wind tunnel I made. And you can leave it on all day if you like!
They love it! That’s right we all love the new wind tunnel.
I made it out of some packaging material. Specifically this it made out of the packaging material to keep the corners of a refrigerator from getting bumped and dented. So make sure you check out your local appliance stores. I have a great one by me that will save boxes etc., f you just call and ask.
The kids will play with the wind tunnel for an hour plus. Taking turns stuffing scarves, balloons and more into the tube while the others ran around trying to catch whatever came flying out of the tube!
Liam’s favorite were the balloons. I used small water balloons that I blew up with just a little bit of air.
You can see it flying up at the top of the shower curtain. Yes I hung a shower curtain in my garage. Behind it is our garage food storage. The garage is another play area for the kids as well as our functional garage. I wanted the space to be for them though. So I try and make it look as inviting to them as possible. The curtain also works as a curtain for the plays they put on. But I digress, we are here to talk about a wind tunnel.
The cardboard packing material from a fridge (just one needed)
Clear projector paper (10 pieces)
Clear packing tape
Scarves, balloons, tissue paper, paper cups, paper umbrellas
- This experience is best in the indoor classroom
- The set up attach projector sheet paper two side by side with clear packing tape. continue to do this until you have enough to cover your packing material which will be your backing. now attach all your sheets of clear projector sheet 2X1 together. Once they are all connected in a long row attach them with clear packing tape to the packing material backing. Punch holes in the backing with a screw driver so that you can slide zipties through. Use the zip ties to secure your wind tunnel to your desired post.
- You can initiate the activity during the morning meeting by asking how can we explore ways wind can be used as “force”. The provocation will be the setup and the invitation to explore. “How can they use air to make these items move?”
- The children might participate by sending the items provided through the wind tunnel and then by trying to catch the items as they fall down.
- The open-ended questions may be as follows: “I wonder what is happening here?” “How have you seen the wind move things outside?” “What do you think makes the wind move the items?” “How might we slow items down?” “I wonder how might we measure how fast items are moving?” “What might sink what might float in the wind tunnel?”
- The language introduced will include the following FIVE words: Velocity, aerodynamics (air flow), air current, air Drag and Force.
- To support the children’s learning further I would explore wind with them outside if there is any that day. I would also create another wind tunnel that works differently with this wind tunnel it has an open top and children will explore balancing materials in mid air. Here is a link to when I did this with my son. http://familylicious.com/how-to-make-a-wind-tunnel/
- Simplify- To meet the needs of a new “explorer” I would allow them to explore the materials and test them out to see how they move in the air current.
- Extension- To meet the needs of a child who needs a more complex level. I would challenge them to think of new items that they think might move in the wind tunnel. Items I have not provided. I would then have the child test there hypothesis by using the item in the wind tunnel.
- California Preschool Foundation Areas that might be covered
- Developmental Experiences:Number Sense: 1.5 Math:
Use the number name of the last object counted to answer the question, “How many …?”
We will pass scarves and balloons in the air stream of the wind tunnel.
You ca assess by asking questions about how many balloons/ scarves they were able to pass through and observing and recording their answer as they attempt the experience.
Manipulative Skills: 3.2
Begin to show fine motor manipulative skills using hands and arms such as in-hand manipulation, writing, cutting, and dressing.
Placing the scarves and items into the wind tunnel takes fine motor manipulation. Especially for scarves they need to be bunched into a ball to pass through. I will assess by observing how the children use the materials.
Observation and Investigation 1.5
Make predictions and check them, with adult support, through concrete experiences.
Have the children making predictions before testing out each item for the first time though the wind tunnels.
Assess by asking open ended questions and observing the answers given.
Document the learning by recording anecdotal observations and by taking pictures.
And if you want to check out my other wind tunnel follow this link.
The paper towel absorption was such an interesting science experiment we decided to try another paper towel experiment
We filled 3 glasses equally with 1/2 cup of water and liquid water colors
We then put our paper towels in folded several times over to create strips.
We watched as the liquid moved up the paper towels
And into the empty cups between each glass with liquid
The empty glasses started to fill with liquid from both glasses next to it
Kaia tried keeping track of which colors moved the fastest
By the next day the glasses that were empty were now even with the ones that were full
We now had a green cup, orange cup, and purple cup.