We have been doing Valentine themed activities this week and finding out what the day means to the children.
In the science corner we’ve kept to our theme to help us explore what happens when we put paper into water. We learned new vocabulary and discussed hypothesis.
We tried to guess what would happen when we put our folded hearts into water…there were lots of fabulous theories; “it’ll change colour”, “it’ll explode”, “it’ll sink”, “ it’ll get sugary, break apart”
The paper opened back up into a heart shape. We discussed why this happened – the paper absorbed the water causing the fibres in to paper to expand and push the paper apart. One child asked if there was more water would it sink. So we decided to find out and added a bowl that was deeper. Again we tried to guess what would happen. “It’ll sink” “it’ll float” “it’ll make waves”
Again the paper opened up “it’s opened up because we drop it in” one child exclaimed. Another child agreed saying “yes because we put it into the wet”.
The children continued to explore this for the rest of the morning.
After observing some children tinkering on the workbench it became apparent that they would require some guidance on how to use the workbench and tools. So an old wooden table was brought in as a life learning experience to help the children develop an understanding of how we can re-use and fix things.
During this 2 week experience some of the skills the children have been developing are; language, cooperation, listening, problem solving, measurement, tool safety and risk assessment.
Working together to prepared the old table by washing it ‘to make it clean’
We all took turns sanding the table to take the’ old wood away’ & reveal the wood underneath ‘smooth’
Measuring the table legs to make sure all ‘4 legs’ are the same size ‘else it will wobble’
We are learning how to use a saw safely
‘only with a grown up’ & ‘look at the saw’
Protecting the table with beeswax ‘it soaks it up’ & ‘taking care’ of the table so ‘it last a long,long, long time’
We worked together to screw the shorter legs back on the table.
Playing with our beautiful new table ‘ you sit on the cushions’ & ‘like this …..legs under the table’
The children are very proud of their new table ‘I did this’