Will your child be ready for kindergarten?
Will your child be ready for kindergarten?
Since it’s apple season, there are lots of fun activities that kids can do for all different kinds of learning and play. Do you know if you put an apple in water, if it will float or will it sink? That’s some simple science that is quite exciting.
Kids love to try this and the only equipment you will need is a kitchen sink, or bowl of water on the table, and an apple. First, before trying, ask your child to say if an apple will float or sink. This gives kids a chance to predict or make a hypothesis. Use enough water so the apple doesn’t just sit on the bottom of the sink or container and pop it in. What happened? Did the apple sink or did it float? This step is called verifying a prediction.
After doing this the same way a few times, kids can check if the result changes by putting the apple in upside down, or sideways. Now what happens? If you have a different color of apple, do you think it would float or sink? For younger preschoolers, this might be enough but older ones might like to try using other fruits such as a banana, orange, or grape. If there are some veggies in the fridge that need washing, kids can see what they do. Will a carrot float or sink? How about a potato?
Children are natural scientists and are experimenting all the time to see what might happen or what they can do. Sometimes, kids need to be reassured that it’s okay if they guessed one thing and something different happened. There is no right or wrong answer. We guess or predict first because that helps us think about what we already know.
Hmm, now that the apple is really clean, do you know how to make it disappear? (You eat it!) What else can you do with an apple?
A friend of ours has an apple tree and the apples are ready to be picked. She invited us over to pick some and it was a highlight of the day. There was lots of science and nature, and it seems quite magical that a little tiny seed can grow into a big tree with more apples. Experiences like these are not possible for every family, but you may have different ones. So much learning can happen for kids in any adventure.Continue Reading
Supporting your child to develop kindergarten readiness does not mean you need to turn the house into a preschool. There are many learning and play activities that you can do at home. This science experiment is simple, uses ordinary materials, and is kid-tested for fun. Use some water in a bowl or sink. The waterContinue Reading
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Apple. Apple who? Knock, knock. Who’s there? Apple. Apple who? Knock, knock. Who’s there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad I didn’t say apple! Kids love knock, knock jokes and they also love stories. Many books for this age level contain both fantasy and dialogue. For this last apple activity beforeContinue Reading
Higher level thinking and problem-solving skills, which are all part of helping your child get ready for kindergarten, can be developed at home, in the kitchen, with whatever is available. In this case, it’s some fruits and veggies used in a patterning activity. Patterning is an important skill for math, language and learning to read.Continue Reading
Making applesauce (from the apples in yesterday’s blog) is a another terrific science activity. Of course, it’s a great cooking activity, too, but also helps kids practice organizing information and forming a conclusion. Children do this all the time. Remember, how many times they loved pushing over a tower of blocks? But this thinking skill is something that gets easier with practice. JustContinue Reading
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 discoveringContinue Reading
For our apple activity #6 that’s helping kids prepare for kindergarten, slice a yellow, green and red apple. Let family members or a group of kids taste each of the 3 colors. Ask each person to decide on a favorite. How many people like each color? What color is the most popular choice? Is thatContinue Reading
There are some terrific children’s stories and books about apples or with apples in them. Eating the Alphabet and A is for Apple are yummy examples. The Very Hungry Catepillar munches an apple, too. I’d love to pick a few from The Apple Pie Tree. Dr. Seuss has 10 Apples Up On Top. One Upon AContinue Reading
Apple activity #4 is a science experiment. Will an apple float or sink? 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.Continue Reading