Today's Topic: Mirrors + Reflection
--mirrors (in a variety of shapes and sizes. For safety reasons, choose plastic instead of glass where possible.)
--flexible craft mirror (optional, but fun! I got by with just two and there was minimal arguing.)
--half images (create your own, or feel free to use mine)
--DIY Periscope kits (note: I purchased only one set of 12 kits and put together 4 periscopes before class and used the rest of the small mirrors by themselves for kids to do experiments with.)
--flashlights (I had two on hand and e-mailed parents inviting them to bring one from home)
--bright colored paper or cardstock
Sorry! / Landa, Norbert
What Kids Do:
younger siblings were content to just check themselves out in the giant foam mirror blocks (hooray for a baby-friendly part of this lesson!).
or drawing your own half-pictures:
Adult Challenge of the week:
Ask "What could you change?" to foster the idea of experimentation. (i.e. Don't just tell your child what to do, let them play around themselves and make their own discoveries. They are so much more exciting that way!)
--a few extra flexible craft mirrors and print-outs of the half pictures might have been nice. They were very popular!
Variations to try:--apparently, mirrored acetate (sold as gift wrap) has interesting reflection properties, but I couldn't find any.
--I also introduced the concept that things other than mirrors reflect by pointing out that if you hold brightly colored paper near your chin you can see the color reflected there.