Well, we tried to freeze bubbles once again today, and although still not what I was aiming for, we did at least have some success this time! There is more learning in scientific failures than immediate successes, right?! ;) We learned that smaller bubbles work better than bigger ones, and that we had to keep them protected from even the slightest breath of air. Mostly, as soon as we would start to see the tiniest bit of crystallization/freezing, the bubble would pop. Seeing them pop in these temperatures was pretty cool, too though - instead of just disappearing, they would send out a little poof of frosty, flaky bubble shards. But, see how these two bubbles are cracked, dented, and broken, but still there? They're frozen...we did it!
Excited to see how the kids explore this mini pumpkin/gourd volcano setup this afternoon! Gourds, seeds, baking soda, and colored vinegar...should be fun!
We decided to start our pumpkin harvest this week, but we had a problem... "How are we going to get the pumpkins way up on the top of our tunnel?" Hmmmm...not a problem for long with this group of problem solvers! :)
Need a safe sensory material for a group of toddlers who still like to explore new things with their mouths? OATS are a great option! We have been enjoying scooping, dumping, pouring, piling, sprinkling, pinching, sifting, and measuring oats this morning!
We had a visit from a hummingbird today! We got to watch it zip around from flower to flower drinking nectar, we could hear the humming sound its wings made, and it even stopped to rest near us...what an exciting, spontaneous natural science lesson!
We are very excited to have brand new monarch caterpillars to observe! Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants since that is a food source for the caterpillars. We were fortunate enough to find a couple of brand new caterpillars, and even an unhatched egg! We are looking forward to keeping them in our butterfly house with a fresh supply of milkweed so we can watch them grow and change!
We had some big messy fun with cornstarch & water outside this morning! A great sensory activity, and science lesson, too, since the mixture creates a "non-newtonian fluid" which has properties of both liquid and solid.
We are going to enjoy every last bit of summer weather!
More ways to join the fun!:
Welcome to Hilary's Home Daycare & Preschool! Take a look through these pages to get a glimpse of what our days are like! If your child is currently enrolled in Hilary's Home Daycare, be sure to check out the "Look what we did today!" section often to join in our fun!
Currently, Hilary's Home Daycare has no childcare positions available. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please submit a message under the "Contact Me" tab. Be sure to include the words "waiting list," your child(ren)'s age(s), and the best way to contact you for an interview, should a spot become available. Thank you!