Today some of the children in the discovery room wanted to make an explosion. We decided to try and make one using lemons and tangerines. We placed the orange and tangerine onto a plate and then took the tops off and squished the insides of the fruit to bring out some of the juice. We then squeezed some washing up liquid into the juice and added some food colouring and a teaspoonful of baking soda. After we did this, we watched as the fruits exploded with colourful bubbles! It was so exciting!!
We talked about the science and how the experiment worked. Citrus fruit contains citric acid which has a chemical reaction when it mixes with the baking soda due to form carbon dioxide, which is a gas. Once the citric acid and the baking soda have neutralised each other the reaction stops and no more gas is made. The children had so many things to say about the experiment including:
“ I think the lemon has more citrus acid in it than the tangerine because the lemon has bigger bubbles”
“I want my explosion to be rainbow colours”” Look the blue and red has turned black”
“I need more baking powder I want a big explosion “ “ It feels slimy if you touch it” “The lemon smells nice”
Today the children used pipettes to draw up coloured ink and then dropped it onto the paper. They then used a straw to blow patterns. The children noticed the colours changing as the inks merged. They also noticed that the ink behaved differently on different materials eg “ It’s more watery on the tin foil” “ It doesn’t make patterns on the bubble wrap”
The children talked about the colours they were using and which was their favourite they were able to work together and showed great turn taking skills waiting for their turn of the pipettes.
In preparation for Halloween the children asked for something slimy and gooey to explore. The children decided that jelly would be best. The toddlers helped to make the jelly on Thursday evening, they measured and stirred following my instructions closely. The children then hid some natural autumnal items and some not so natural inspired by Halloween in the jelly.
The children used all five senses to explore the jelly. Some used tweezers to take the objects out of the jelly developing their fine motor skills, others dived straight in with their hands. The children used lots of descriptive language. “”So sticky and cold””Jelly is delicious “ I’ve got an orange jelly” “I see a pumpkin “”This one has a pine cone in it” “This jelly feels good it’s wobbly and wet” “A bug it’s hard and black” “let’s see how many flowers we can get out”” I see three spiders they are tiny”.
Today the children found a packet of marshmallows and were keen to explore and investigate them.
Using an iPad they researched what things they could make. We found a recipe for marshmallow playdough so we chose that.
The children measured out the marshmallows and poured some vegetable oil into a bowl.
The recipe asked for the marshmallows to be melted and the children asked how they would do this. They talked about it and used the microwave in the staff room to do this.
After 30 secs the microwave pinged and they were excited to see what the marshmallows looked like. They noticed that they had all melted but looked hot.
They brought the bowl back to the playroom and added some cornflour to the mix. Using their super muscles they took turns at mixing it.
The children enjoyed exploring the texture of this new play dough and by adding dried oranges and lemons added to their sensory experience.
Our toddlers had such sensory fun this week, they loved being barefoot in the paint.
Look at the smiles showing their enjoyment.
Look at our hands!
From birth to early childhood, children use their five senses to explore and try to make sense of the world around them.
It’s an important part of early childhood development, and providing opportunities for children to actively use their senses as they explore their world through ‘sensory play’ is crucial to brain development.
Learning through sensory exploration comes naturally to babies and young children, which makes sense when you consider that the skills they’ll come to rely on to build an understanding of objects, spaces, people and interactions are yet to be fully developed.
As adults, our senses provide us with vital information that we use to inform decision making thousands of times a day. We may take this ability for granted and barely notice it, but it’s for this reason that helping children to learn about their own senses is so important.
The children in the Toddler Room are always very expressive and creative so when we found some very colourful finger paints in one of the cupboards in the playroom they were keen to try them out.
At first they were very careful, using only one finger, testing out each colour.
They experimented with different colours, making swirls on their paper.
Very quickly they started to use their whole hands, feeling the paint between their fingers.
Small swirls with one finger became huge swirls and mark making with a whole hand.
All the children had loads of fun painting with their fingers and hands and were very excited to see their finished artwork hanging up drying ready to take home.
Last week the children showed a keen interest in making their smoothies so today we explored fruit slices in the water.
The children helped to slice up the fruit learning how to use the knife safely. Once we started cutting into the fruit the children noticed how the fruit smelled.
“The orange smells fruity and sweet can we eat it”
“The lemon smells fresh”
“This lime smells sour”
We squeezed some of the fruit into the bowl.
The children had great fun squeezing, pouring, filling and creating their own fruit juice and also exploring volume and capacity at the same time.
“I am going to make orange juice for everyone”
“I’ve made some orange juice”
“Mine smells yummy”
We made sandcastles and decorated them with shells….how pretty
What a lot of fun we had today 🥰
Today in the Science Area, the children were asking about experiments and thinking about what would happen if they mix different substances. They talked about what kinds of things they could create.
They decided that they would like to make some slime. They researched that they would need to make this.
Contact Lens Solution
First the poured some glue into a bowl.
They added some shaving foam, then the food colouring. They decided to used blue and yellow.
They gave their concoction a good mix then added the contact lens solution. The mixture became very sticky.
They enjoyed mixing it with their hands. Encouraging the children to use their hands promote a sensory experience.
The toddlers have being trying out lots of new techniques and methods of painting. We have used bubble wrap, tin foil, cling film, rollers ,sponges,brushes and even our bodies. We have used our hands,feet, legs and arms which was great fun. We having been using our muscles to squeeze the paint out the bottles and learning all about the different colours we can use.
In the nursery today the children explored and developed their fine motor skills and science through colour mixing.
Making clouds of soap for bath time.