May 21, 2013
May 14, 2013
A concept that incorporates Science, Technology (tools), and Engineering (all sorts of fun "problems" to solve!): magnets are also great fun!
Today's Topic: Magnets
--lots of metal "stuff" (we used: paperclips, small bits of pipe cleaner, metal paper fasteners, keys, coins, thumbtacks, an old (fairly clean) bicycle chain, juice concentrate lids, metal washers, bolts and screws, a metal hole punch, and probably a few more things I've forgotten)
--plastic containers with tight lids to put some of the more dangerous loose bits into (thumbtacks, I'm looking at you!). Empty water bottles would work well, I used deli-type containers since that's what I had on hand.
--some non-metal stuff (we had glass marbles, bouncy balls, plain wooden building blocks, metal (but not iron) coins and keys, and some metallic confetti)
--a few special things (all optional, of course): plastic cases with iron filings, test tubes with ferrofluid, magnetic Tegu blocks, magnetic marbles, magnetic putty (you can theoretically make your own if you prefer)
--magnetic wands, horseshoe magnets, magnetic pincushions, "donut" magnets... as large a variety of (preferably non-choking hazard sized) magnets as you can collect.
Magnets : pulling together, pushing apart / Rosinsky, Natalie M.
Note: I'm not particularly crazy about this book for a read-aloud-to-young-children option, but it was the best I could find after much searching. Anyone know of any picture books that deal with magnets or magnetism?
May 7, 2013
Patterns are early algebra, plus they give us the power to predict what's going to happen next--strong stuff for preschoolers!
Today's Topic: Patterns
small sticky notes in a variety of colors
buttons, beads, lids from drink bottles, colored pasta or anything else that could be made into a pattern
rubber stamps and stamp pads
Pattern fish / Harris, Trudy
(This book was perfect for today's topic! It had rhythmic patterns, color and shape visual patterns, built in the "what comes next" concept seamlessly and even had a bit of a plotline!)
Apr 23, 2013
Exploring the power of downhill!
Today's Topic: Ramps
--Cove molding, cut to approximately 12" & 18" lengths (available at hardware stores, they are often willing to cut it for you. Click the link above to see the type of silhouette you should be looking for.)
--Small balls of all kinds--rubber bouncy balls, large wooden beads, marbles--nothing too large for kids to hold easily in one hand
--toy cars (optional)
--nonslip shelf liner (optional. I used some donated mousepads...)
--carpet tubes (optional, but free to get from carpet stores and tons of fun for kids!)
Chicken chickens / Gorbachev, Valeri
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