One of my favorite hand-eye coordination/visual tracking exercises: BUBBLES!!! Also great for relational mathematics vocabulary like smallest & biggest, and of course the science of surface tension! Plus, isn't there just something so magical about bubbles?! :)
BIG excitement here today!! The nest we discovered in our playhouse on Friday now has four beautiful eggs! We had a great discussion about what these eggs will need and what might happen with them over the next few days and weeks. So far the kids have agreed that we will stay away and let the birds borrow our playhouse for awhile so we don't scare away the mama bird and she can continue to care for her babies. :)
We had SO much fun discovering the science of air flow today! Cause and effect, predictions, communication, cooperation, vocabulary, and visual tracking (a skill essential for future reading) were all exercised through this great PLAY!
We had tons of fun experimenting with our brand new pendulum today. This fantastic idea from Play Counts was an awesome lesson in physics, structure and stability, cooperation, teamwork, vocabulary, and so much more!
We tried out a new SLIME recipe this week! Just equal parts clear Elmer's glue and liquid starch. It seems to be just as fun to play with as our usual recipe, but doesn't stick to clothing as much...win, win!
One of my favorite things about having family childcare in my own home is that we are completely free to follow the interests of the kids. Today, one of our friends asked if we could bake something for our snack...so of course, we did! We decided on these Double Chocolate (black bean!) muffins. It was a fun culinary experiment, we had a great time making them together, and they gobbled them up at snack time! The recipe we used can be found here: http://veggieandthebeastfeast.com/2014/11/13/double-chocolate-black-bean-muffins/
One of our friends came in this morning asking if we could please do some science today! :) So, we had a really fun discussion about what we would need to "do science" and then got out an assortment of our favorite materials and got to work. We filled some ice cube trays with plain water, colored water, and colored vinegar. We also had flour, epsom salt, baking soda, and of course some tongs, droppers, and safety goggles. :) We had a great time being scientists and making discoveries!
We had big fun with paint bubbles this morning! Bubbles are always fun...add a bit of paint and some paper for print-making, and it's extra exciting! :)
We had fun with the beautiful science of salt and ice this morning! I prepared some ice in several different sizes and shapes, and put it out for the kids along with some coarse salt, Epsom salt, liquid watercolors, and droppers for the kids to experiment with. The results are amazing!
The kids requested some "feet painting" again today! Messy, sensory play is not just FUN, but it is so full of benefits for young children: they rely on sensory input to learn about their environment. Sensory play helps build neural connections that support thought, learning, and creativity. It supports language development, cognitive growth, fine/gross motor skills, problem solving/reasoning, and social interaction. And when kids are engaged, they are learning!
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