The Apple is the Star of the Show for activity #7. Cutting an apple in half from top to bottom shows the long view of the core and the seeds. Have you ever discovered the star inside an apple when you cut it across the middle horizontally? It has 5 seed-holding points. Kids love discovering something new. Encouraging these discoveries makes learning exciting and inviting. This isn’t important only for kindergarten readiness; it’s important for a life-long love of learning. Now, what to do with the cut halves? Rub a little lemon juice on the cut part and save them for tomorrow’s apple activity. Any guesses what happens to the apple, tomorrow?
Use a clear, transparent bowl of water or just run some cool water in the sink. First, talk about (predict) if the apple will float or if it will sink. Next, test your guess (hypothesis) by putting the apple in the water. What happens? Were you surprised by the result? Next, try putting the apple in with the stem pointing down. What happens, now? Point the stem sideways and check again.
Try a different color of apple. Does this make any difference?
Extend the activity by using a banana, or a grape or an orange or some other fruits and veggies. ***Remember, predict first and then find out.
Bobbing for bananas? Going for grapes? Doesn’t seem as much fun as apples.
What do other fruits and veggies do?
(Planting seeds or a tree in honor of someone can be a meaningful way for a child to remember and for a family to share memories.)
For Apple Learning Activity #2, choose a big, crisp, juicy apple to eat. Instead of tossing the core, save it and find the seeds. Count how many seeds. Do apple seeds look like apple trees? What other foods have seeds? Compare some other seeds to apple seeds and see how they are the same and different. Late summer is a perfect time to find seeds outdoors, perhaps in a garden or a park. Exploring nature, even in something as small as an apple, is another way of helping your child prepare for kindergarten.
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 … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Pirates in a Tub
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, … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Pirates #9
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 … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Pirates #8
Books, drawing, math, reading, cooking, and other skills have all been part of the moose on the loose series. Another simple activity that you can do in minutes at home is basic science. Given the likelihood that your child has not yet seen a live moose, use an animal that is familiar, such as a … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Moose #9
An apron in a store window said “Let’s make a moose in the Kitchen. What a great idea so today’s tip is a quick, Non-messy fun with kids project. Let your munchkin help you wash some fruit, an apple, orange, strawberries, etc. Bananas are a good soft fruit for practicing slicing, using a plastic knife. … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Moose on the Loose
Parents’ trash can be kids’ treasure. Children can make a treasure out of almost anything, but whatever it is can be the start of a collection. And collecting is another way to build readiness skills. The most obvious one is categorizing: to what group do all these things belong? Another is sorting, for instance, these … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Collections
Everything including the kitchen sink!! The kitchen sink is usually a fine place for some basic science but just because some things can go down the drain, a big plastic bowl may be a better ‘sink’ today. Yesterday was so much fun playing in the water in the sink that here is another idea. This … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – More Water