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.

Harbor Breeze Cruises: Whale Watching with Children

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*I received tickets for whale watching in exchange for this post. This did not change my opinions which are solely my own and may differ from others.
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I love whale watching when Mike and I were younger we used to go once a year. Since we had children we have not gone. I for whatever reason thought they were to young to go on a whaling boat or perhaps they would not understand what they were seeing. Plus a 3 hour tour on a whaling boat with my kiddos was a little scary to say the least. Thinking of all the what ifs kept me from giving my children an experience that I myself loved.
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We often visit our local Aquarium. My kids are always enthralled by the wonderful exhibits at the Aquarium of the Pacific. If you have not visited and you are anywhere near the Long Beach Area you need to check it out. It is especially fantastic for young children. On our last visit my children were so excited to see and learn more. When you walk out of the Aquarium you can see the bay and the boats. Kaia started asking about going to see whales and dolphins in the ocean. So our first Whale watching Tour was booked with Harbor Cruises.
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My children were thrilled. We chose there outfits the day before (layering is essential when Whale Watching). I packed the snacks, drinks, and sun block. We got there early and had fun talking about what we saw in the Marina. The different boats, birds and DOLPHINS. Yes we saw wonderful marine life before even stepping foot on the boat. We knew this would be a good day.
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Once we were on the boat their little faces lit up. They had smiles from ear to ear. During almost the entire tour we were surrounded by Dolphins and Sea Lions. We even got to see a baby dolphin and its mother. The entire trip was filled with my children yelling out in excitement “Did you see that?!”, “I saw one!”, “Mommy, Daddy I love you!”.
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This was such an amazing experience for my family even Liam would smile and kick his legs when he saw a dolphin. We had been surrounded by a Mega Pod of Dolphins. My children got to experience seeing these wonderful creatures in their own element. They saw dolphins leaping and playing through the water. They saw sea lions bobbing in and out and swimming on their backs looking straight up at us.

This experience will not soon be forgotten by my children. As I type my daughter is drawing pictures of the dolphins she saw on the tour. I know we will be going every year now and I am so excited I can share in this experience with my children. The wonder, delight and the exceptional learning opportunities are priceless. Our children are active learners they need active experiences to capture and create lasting memories.

Here is my list of Whale Watching Essentials with Children

Sunscreen
Dress in layers
Water resistant jackets (in case of ocean spray)
Snacks and Water (most boats offer snacks and drinks, I prefer to bring our own)
No skid shoes (boats can be wet and slippery, even when they aren’t the rocking can put you off balance)
Camera

There you have it, my list of whale watching essentials. Anything I left off? Have you ever taken your kids whale watching? How did it go?

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.

Water and Ice Play Date

We had an awesome play date that was a Water and I ce theme. The day before Kaia and I spent the afternoon making lots of ice filled with hidden treasures. We used bowls, muffin tins, ice cube trays and random plastic containers (like empty yogurt container)

Finding treasure in the ice. The kids discovered that throwing the ice down at the ground would break the ice and set free the treasures.

We talked about how the ice felt and how cold it was

We also added ice to our sand table. Kaia and I had talked with Kaia earlier about how in some parts of the world people build with ice. So she was excited to add “ice building blocks” to the sand

We had a sink and float table

the kids predicting what would sink and what would float

We of course had the water wall open and ready to play with. the kids especially like the funnels

I had two pools set up one with ball pit balls and the other with spongee balls and water squirters

The kids loved sitting in these and just playing with the water and floating toys

I have to admit these colorful pools were very tempting

I also froze tempera paint the day before and had that available for the kids to paint with. It was fun usually I use frozen watercolors but I liked the difference in texture these were more crayon like

I also had two slides set up with small low blowup pools connected at the bottom so the kids would slide right into the pools

This was another favorite

And last but not least we had our kid wash out and ready. Really with a water party how could we not?!

I also had spray bottles filled with water and roller brushes our for dipping in water and painting the walls and floor with!