Kindergarten Readiness – Pirates in a Tub

Rub a dub, dub, pirates have fun in the tub. Or in the kiddie pool. Backyard pools are a fun place for some more science. Using some various shaped containers, watch how water changes it shape to fit in the space. Show your munchkin how the water loses that shape when it is poured. Where did the shape go? Does water always pour down. Use some empty containers with holes in the bottom or sides and see where the water comes out. Try small holes and big ones. Squeeze the containers and watch the water spurt. Try making a waterfall. Does the water have some force? How does it water feel? What does the water do if an adult gets in the pool, too? Adults need science time, especially in hot weather.  Doesn’t that feel good?

Kindergarten Readiness – Pirates #9

No cat o’ nine tails, today. Nor walking the plank although it is time for some water play, as in float and sink.  A kitchen sink or table or big bowl on the lawn are great locations for pirates to play. Round up some little items: a plastic spoon and fork, a cork, a small rock, a coin or two, an old toothbrush, a piece of paper, a popsicle stick, a metal spoon, a rubber duckie, etc. First predict if an object will float or sink. Why might it do that? Then, test and observe. Is this the same as the prediction? This activity gives children a chance to use some important science skills, hypothesizing or predicting, testing, and verifying the hypothesis. In reality, kids are doing this all the time. They predict that they can jump from the coffee table to the couch, test it and verify by landing on the couch or the floor. Kids are scientists very often in a day! What other experiments can you do?

Kindergarten Readiness – Pirates #8

A Nature Collection

What do pirates collect? Treasure. What do kids collect? Tra…, well, they call it treasure. Seashells, rocks and coins are obvious items to collect. As are stickers, cars and trucks, and ponies. But there are other things, too. Collections can be all kinds of different objects from one place, one event, or from a trip or holiday.  A collection can be all one color; a small foil tart container, a bit of silvery wrapping paper, some sparkly ribbon, a mismatched orphan spoon, and a shiny new dime make a silver collection. Kids use all kinds of vocabulary to talk about their collections. Explaining why one item can be part of a collection and another one can’t be gives children an opportunity to use reasoning skills. Organizing, choosing, evaluating, and comparing are a few other skills used in making a collection. We might call what kids collect just trash but the skills used are anything but. Can you share some suggestions for collections?

Kindergarten Readiness – Pirate #6

Why does it take pirates a long time to learn the alphabet? Because they are always at C (sea). One way to practice letters is with play-dough. This helps for all kids, but especially for those who learn best by touch as opposed to visual or verbal learners. Roll out the barrel, er, I mean roll … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Pirate #6

Kindergarten Readiness – Pirate #5

Pirates start with the letter P. The letter P makes a ‘puh’ sound. What else starts with this sound? Pants, pig, purple. Some children may be able to name things on their own that start with the same sound; other children may need an adult to supply a word and ask if they start the same. For example, do … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Pirate #5

Kindergarten Readiness – Pirates for Learning

Each summer, our community hosts an international race of bathtubs! These were started by a former mayor who used to dress up as a pirate, Black Frank. Pirates are such fun for kids andthey can be used to promote all kinds of learning. The Usborne book That’s not my pirate is fun for wee little ones and older pirates, … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Pirates for Learning