The children in the toddler room were excited to find worms in the garden this morning. They investigated further with magnifying glasses and they looked underneath the logs.
Today we decided that we were going to complete an experiment in the snow. This was conducted at the grass area behind Cart Mill where we wanted to find out who could go further in the snow! It was a very serious experiment which involved a group of children, and also a couple of CDOs, taking turns to slide down the snowy slope and see how far they got. We also decided to investigate if we travelled further on our puddle suits or on some black bin bags. The results of the experiment clearly showed the bin bags made us all go faster and the bigger ‘children’ went further!
The children have been developing their observation skills through exploring blocks of melting ice outdoors. They discussed and investigated some of their findings about the properties of ice. They also predicted how long it would take to melt the ice. They decided to experiment with different methods of how to make the ice melt.
Firstly they used cold water to make the ice melt and their second choice was using warm water to see if the ice would melt faster. The children were excited to see the ice melting and discover what letters were hiding inside. Everyone was able to work cooperatively with their peers. The children have also been developing their vocabulary through touching the ice and describing the appearance of it, some of boys said it was “smooth” and “slippery”.
The ice age arrived in the garden today at Cart Mill. In our icy world our budding dinosaur hunters investigated what had been frozen in the glaciers. Not deterred by the cold our intrepid
palaeontologists chipped away at the lumps of ice to reveal some very well preserved dinosaur skeletons!
We continued with our theme from last week ‘Ada Twist Scientist’ and have encouraged the children to experiment with oil, coloured water, vinegar and baking soda. The children mixed the oil and water and observed that the substances did not mix. The vinegar and baking soda experiments gave the children a surprise. They discovered that they have a strong reaction when mixed together – an explosion. The children had a most enjoyable time asking lots of questions and most of all having fun.
This week is book week scotland and we are focusing on the book ‘Ada Twist Scientist’ by Andrea Beaty. Ada is a very curious girl who wants to know why things happen. Recently a large spider came into the Family Centre and the children wanted to know why the spider had come in.
The children were made aware of different types of insects and what they eat. They were then aware that dropping food on the floor attracts flies and as spiders eat flies the spider had come in to the centre to eat the flies.
The children then were given specimens of insects to examine and made representations of them with playdough. The very curious children had lots of fun looking at the insect specimens and making playdough models.
Science in action! Play allows the child to research.
The children have been interested in Jack and the Beanstalk. The children have enjoyed listening to the story and have been asking questions about how plants and flowers grow.
Nathan was able to identify the plants roots and explain to his friends why plants have roots. ” They need the roots to get the water and grow big”.
The children have started to create their own fact book about various plants and are planning to grow their own beanstalks next week!
The children couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw not only 1 but 2 beautiful rainbows beside our family centre . This sparked a lot of discussion around colours within a rainbow and a wee rendition of the rainbow song. Winter is an excellent time for observing the seasonal changes, at times we have windy weather, rain, sleet, snow and a mixture of all of them at one time!
Over the last 2 mornings in the garden , the children have discovered ice on the ground and in puddles. They have been exploring how it looks and feels. Ice and snow provide excellent provocations for learning as the children are intrigued by how it forms and how it melts and how cold it feels next to their skin.
Experiences like this offer opportunities to explore many different lines of development. Stephanie and the children talked about how some people live in very cold countries and the children learned about Antartica.
As we have been using our firepit there was a lot of chat about how people keep warm in cold climates.