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?
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?
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?
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
This weekend was a watery one at our house. We watched the ship on which our son is stationed and 30 others in a Fleet Review. Then, the next day we had a picnic down at the beach with our granddaughter. It just seems to flow (pardon the pun) to suggest a water-play activity for today. … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Kids & Water
After April Showers, the rain leaves great puddles. Yes, puddles can be another learning opportunity–but stay out of the road so you don’t become part of one! Next time it rains, go for a walk and check out all the different shapes. Are puddles round or square? Maybe, their shapes look like something else: a … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – April Showers and Mud Puddles