Ice and Oil- Fun Preschool Science


For this project you will need the following:
Ice cube tray
oil (any oil…I used vegetable oil, baby oil would work well too)
water
Food coloring or liquid water colors
Jar
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Last year I did a project with the kids called color explosion using food coloring oil and water. I thought it would be fun to revisit it changing it just a little bit. The outcome was fantastic!

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This project was a lot of fun it was very cool to see how the ice melted down and to watch the droplets of color at the bottom of the jar.
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Mikey loved perdicting which color would melt next
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We talked about why the ice water would melt and fall down and about the density of water and oil. We also talked about the density of the lamp oil which unlike the water melted up instead of down. The lamp oil part of this project was kind of complicated. I would advise against it. We loved this project and will be doing it again just without the lamp oil.
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The beautiful colors were mesmerizing it was really a very pretty project as well as being educational
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This was a lot of fun and we will definitely be doing this project again. It was fun, easy, and pretty cheap. Plus we already everything we needed at home.
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I love kitchen Science!
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Have you tried a project like this? I would love to hear about it leave a comment telling me what you did and how it went.
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Predict, Measure and Pour

While searching for something to do on a boring morning at home. I came up with a simple project that was fun and completely free.
Here is what you will need:
something to pour- we used birdseed, rice would work, beans, waterbeads etc.
A container to keep your pouring material in
empty clean jars/ containers in different sizes, shapes and so on
a measuring cup or spoon
funnel to make pouring easier on small containers
a bin to contain it all or a table cloth/ mat something to make clean up easier for you

VARIATION:
Use a marker, rubber band, or washi tape to make a mark on the jar. Ask how many scoops to make it to that point? Then how many more to make it to the top?

We did this project outside. Just because I like doing projects like this outside it could easily be done inside. I had the kids predict how many scoops it would take to reach the top of each jar. These were all jars I had saved from around the house. Some were the same volume containers just in different shapes to fool the kids. We used a 1/2 cup measuring cup to measure and pour. The kids got better about predicting as we went on.

There is real learning going on in this simple, and fun activity. We talked about which bottle they thought would hold the most birdseed and which they thought would hold the least.

So what did they learn? They learned how to measure, how to make comparisons. How to make judgements based on prior knowledge and based on assumptions. They were also developing hand eye coordination all the while.

Have you ever done a similar project with your kids? What did you do and how did it go? Leave a comment I would love to hear about it.

Science Table: Ocean Theme


Materials Needed:
seashells
safety mirror
Discovery Bottles
Ocean Theme Safari LTD Toob
I set up a fun interactive Ocean themed science table for Mikey’s preschool class. The children were able to explore the shells make comparisons in size, type, and color. They could view the tops and the bottoms of the shells with the mirros which gave them a new perspective. They moved and explored the different Discovery bottles. I made the Beach Discovery Bottle, the Ocean Wave Discovery Bottle, and the Jellyfish in a bottle. The small world was made with sand and select shore animals from the safari ltd line. The blue plastic material was actually bought at a recycling plant.

Weight Guesstimation


First I collected some eggs make them all the same color and size.

Put items inside with significantly different weights. I measured each and would add buttons, pebbles etc where needed to make the weights differ even more

I had my kiddos pick up each egg and then put them in order from what they thought was heaviest to lightest.

They then weighed the eggs to see if they were right