Tag Archives: Science

Hibernation & The Black Bear

The children in the home room have been showing curiosity around dark and colder nights, like what happens to the animals? We got our creative heads on and developed a small world hibernation cave and have been learning about the animals that hibernate in the winter, and how we can accommodate them.

The children have been busy creating animals and their homes all week using natural resources to help keep them warm during hibernation.  Today the children have been enjoying making the black bear. They have been learning what happens when the weather grows cold and food supply dries up, and how the black bear hibernates for the winter.

We have also been extending our learning further today, looking at different stories about hibernation, including ‘The Great Big Sleep’ . The children enjoyed listening to the story, learning how the bear was getting ready for his winter sleep and how the squirrel just wasn’t sleepy.

A Rainbow in a Jar 🌈

This morning in the Discovery room the children wanted to do a science experiment exploring liquid. The name of the experiment was Rainbow 🌈 in a jar and the learning intention for the children was to be introduced to the concept of density of liquids.

4 liquids were used which were all of different densities.  They included golden syrup, fairy liquid, oil and water. The children then had a discussion as to which liquid had the ‘thickest density’. They correctly named the golden syrup to be the first liquid in the jar.

The golden syrup was then poured into the jar followed by the fairy liquid, water and oil. A rainbow effect was then created in the jar. The children enjoyed naming the colours of the liquids and especially watching each coloured liquid sit on top of each other.

One child then asked what would happen if the jar was turned upside down. We all watched when the jar was turned upside down and watched all the colours merge together and a nice turquoise colour was created. However our experiment concluded that once the jar had been shaken that the liquids would not go back to their original layers straight away but instead stay mixed up together. Over several hours the liquids separated again.

The children enjoyed their rainbow in a jar science experiment, why don’t you try it at home with your little one.

Super Science!

This morning in the Discovery room the boys and girls took part in a science experiment. This experience was to introduce the children to the mathematical concept of volume. Within this experience some children practised their measuring skills, while others were encouraged to share  their knowledge of primary colours and what happens when you mix colours together.


Some of the children have been exploring 3D shapes  and shared their knowledge by discussing what 3D shapes the containers represented.

The children listened carefully to instructions while we explained that 500mls of coloured water would be added to every container on the water tray. The children then had to decide if they thought the container had enough space inside to hold the volume of water we were going to be pouring in.

Great fun and giggles was had watching the smaller containers over flow with the coloured liquid.

Lastly,  we mixed the coloured waters together to see what would happen and guess what colours would appear.  Why don’t you try the volume experiment at home?

Volcano o’clock

Some of the children in the home room today were asking questions about the “volcano on the TV” which has sadly been on the news. We talked about what a volcano is and what happens when it erupts! We decided to experiment and make  our very own exploding volcano using a mixture of household objects to see what would happen!! We used clay, vinegar and bicarbonate of Soda with a water bottle. Ready… steady… blast off!! “The flames are very red like on the TV!” We also used a range of media such as  the iPad to research different volcanos from all around the world and see what the flames looked like. Maybe the children could look for some books at home about volcanos? Or other natural disasters? It could make for some interesting discussions! Let us know what you find. Good luck everyone 🙂

Bubbles bubbles and more bubbles

At Cart Mill we have been having lots of fun with bubbles.

“How do you make giant bubbles”

Some of the children wanted to make giant bubbles. So we decided to experiment to see what we could use to make giant bubbles.

“how about that hola hoop?”

We mixed some water and washing up liquid and used our hola hoop, but our bubbles just kept popping.

“I think we are going to have to look up a special recipe.”

We used the internet to find a recipe to make giant bubbles. We also watched some video’s of The amazing bubble man. The children were fascinated with the bubble tricks Louis Pearl created.

We made up our recipe and started experimenting trying out different techniques to creating some amazing bubbles.


 

 

Bubble, bubble, bubble, POP

What a beautiful sunny week it’s been here in our Cart Mill garden. The children have been so busy all week. We have been taking part in a wide range of learning experiences, such as arts and crafts, throwing and catching games, science experiments and singing and performing shows on our very on stage. But we saved the best for  last.  BUBBLE PAINTING.

The children mixed paint with the bubble mixture and dipped in the bubble wand. Then it was time to blow the mixture and create unique, one of a kind masterpieces.

It was so much fun seeing the different patterns we made by blowing the paint through the various shapes wands.

We talked about the marks they made when the water droplets landed on the paper and what happened when we the colours began to mix on the paper, resulting in a tie-dye effect.

It was so much fun making our arts and craft science experiments in our sunny garden. I wonder what we can create next.

Have a lovely weekend everyone can’t wait to hear all about it when you come back next week.

Let’s Explore Colour Mixing

Today in the nursery garden the children have been exploring colour mixing. We used yellow, blue, red and white paint to mix experiment and see what other colours we could make.

“ I put the blue and the yellow together and made green!”

“ I put lots of blue and a little red, I think it looks purple”

Exploring what happened when we added white paint.  “ It’s gone pink” when mixing the red and white.

“I tried blue and yellow and it’s green”

“The orange is yellow and red, i needed lots of yellow”


The children were using their fine motors skills to use the pipettes and collect the paint to add to individual tubs.  They also used the colour wheel to and learn and explore colour.

 

 

Floating boats!!

Today in the garden the children took part in a little experiment. Following on from our floating and sinking activities some of the children wanted to make boats to float. We made boats out of different materials. We used egg cartons and cupcake holders as our bases.

First the children decorated their own sails for the boats.

“Mine is a triangle!” ……..  “Mine is all yellow cause that’s my favourite colour!”

The children then decorated lollipop sticks each to attach their sails to their boats! They attached the sails to the lollipop sticks using blu tack.

“I’m pressing it hard!”

We then attached our sails to our boat bases. We made a cardboard one and a plastic one each!

We then tried to sail our boats in the water tray! We made great predictions.

”I think both my boats will sail!” …….  “This one will be faster!”

”I don’t want mine to sink!”

The children quickly noticed that the egg carton boats were all sinking whilst the plastic boats were all sailing. The cardboard boats were absorbing all the water whilst the plastic ones floated on the top of the water! We now know that if you put cardboard in water it will sink and get ruined!

”Ahhhh my boat is all floppy! ……. “Mine is super fast!”

 

 

 

Forest Fun!

We had lots of fun exploring our new Forest school site this morning.   The children noticed that the river was “going really fast” and had “lots of water in it”. The children thought this might be because it has been raining.

We have been investigating floating and sinking. We collected some stones, sticks, long grass and leaves to experiment which would float and which would sink.

We had lots of fun throwing our stones into the water. We found that the stones sank to the bottom of the river. We discovered that the bigger, heavier stones made a bigger splash sound and made “lots of big circles” and that the smaller, lighter stones made smaller splashes and “little circles” in the water.

 

Next we decided to try our grass and leaves. We discovered that they all floated! The smaller bits of grass and leaves floated away faster than the longer grass. We had lots of fun watching them race down the river. The small grass and leaves won the race!

One of the children made a fantastic boat using a large leaf and some small sticks. We were  so delighted to see it float in the river!

We decided  to explore further up the river and discovered a brilliant slide! We had lots of fun climbing up and sliding back down!

After so much fun, it was time to have a wee snack before heading back to Cart Mill for lunch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We made our own pond

We read a story about pond life and the children each chose something that they thought would be in a pond eg grass, sticks, pebbles, dirt fish,frogs and butterflies.

The children then had fun making up their own pond and adding the insects and objects found around the garden. The children were deeply engaged in discovering where frogs could live and what they could hop to in the pond. They learned that frogs start off as tadpoles and fish live underwater. We also learned about floating and sinking as small sticks float, pebbles sink and grass floats.