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Halloween Treat Learning Activities: Simple Science

Halloween treats are sweet to eat and just as sweet to use in some simple science experiments with toddlers and preschoolers. There are lots of great ideas on the internet and this is from someone else, but I have no idea who to thank for this suggestion.

This science fun comes in two parts and needs 2 gummy bears and 1 small bowl of water. First, you can ask your child if a gummy bear will float in water or if it will sink. It looks very light but try one and see. Did it float or did it sink?

Next, you can ask: Will a gummy bear change when it’s put into water? Put one bear into the water and leave one out to compare. The hard part is waiting for some change. This takes quite awhile so maybe set the timer for 30 minutes and then an hour and check when it rings. Has anything happened? Usually, the bear in the bowl will soak up some water and swell, but this might take a couple of hours. Sometimes, you can see little bubbles around the bear. Does anything happen to the water?

simple science with candyYou can ask your child why s/he thinks the bear that was in the water is bigger than the one out of the water. Do kids get bigger when they have a bath or go swimming?

It’s fun to repeat this experiment with other candies, like Smarties and M&Ms. Will they float or sink? Do they get bigger or do they dissolve? What happens to the water this time?

Science and kids are a sweet combination. Kids are curious and ask lots of questions. Would you believe that kids ask more than 300 questions a day? I wonder who had the patience to count. What other science activities can kids do with Halloween treats and candies?

Halloween Fizzy Ghost Science Fun

Have you ever tried making your own ghosts? We made some active ghosts as we played in the kitchen using ordinary, everyday ingredients and a bit of chemistry. Make a paste of baking soda, freeze in ice cube trays, and add 2 googly eyes. Pop out the frozen ghosts and use vinegar in an eye-dropper to fizz and bubble. Continue Reading

For Children, is Science Academics or is it Play?

How much science do you think children need to know before kindergarten? And why would it be important before starting school? Those are great questions, and if they answers aren’t exact, it makes for an interesting discussion. We usually assume that kids have some basic, general science knowledge. If they don’t know, we wonder if it’s because of a lack of experience or a possible indication of a learning challenge. Continue Reading

Children Have a Need and Hunger to Explore

As parents and caregivers, we are also responsible for the raising of children’s minds. The ancient philosopher Plutarch said: “The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.” It might be that we had enough fire on the weekend–the wood got damp and the fire smoked more than burned,Continue Reading

What Makes Childhood Magical? Part 17: Magic aka Science

Kids CAN make their own magic! It’s called science… Kids are natural scientists, curious and wanting to know. Days spent figuring things out, trying, exploring, and asking questions are a big part of what makes childhood magical. I’m sure it’s no surprise to many parents that children ask more than 300 questions a day! AskingContinue Reading

Science Fun and Learning in the Kitchen

If you need to spend some time in the kitchen today, and want to keep an eye on kids at the same time, an ice cube can be a great toy. Not only are ice cubes great fun, but they help support early learning and development and kindergarten readiness, too. A few ice cubes inContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness: Science Fun with Shadows

As children play and discover, they also learn about the world and develop skills and knowledge they will use beyond kindergarten readiness. Besides rainbows, children love to play with light and shadows. Do you remember playing  with shadows? The weather doesn’t always cooperate,but if it’s sunny where you and your child are, see if youContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness: I Spy Something Green

For a St. Patrick’s Day, science, nature, green, and kindergarten readiness activity, how about an I Spy activity? Time in nature is a treasure that enriches us in all kinds of ways. For kids, outside play also helps them develop their connection to nature and gives them an opportunity for both fun and learning. Today’sContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness: Science in an Orange

Science and kindergarten readiness fun and learning do not need to be something that kids do, it can be something they eat! Today’s play-of-the-day is both a make and a taste with little ones sharing in the activity as much as is appropriate. With so many food items available prepackaged or processed, kids do notContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness and Science Melting Fun

Kindergarten readiness and science fun can happen anytime, even at the breakfast table. After needing to use an ice cube to cool down the oatmeal, we used some other ice cubes for some fun and learning. Have you heard the saying that something is about as exciting as watching paint dry? Well, the same couldContinue Reading

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