Today's Topic: thermometers!
a variety of thermometers. I found some at the dollar store and at Big Lots and I e-mailed participants to ask if they could bring any thermometers they had at home that were appropriate for sharing (i.e. not germy medical thermometers).
hot water (I asked the coffee shop next door to make a carafe of hot water
red chenille stems
this printable thermometer
Temperature : heating up and cooling down / Stille, Darlene R.
What I thought kids might do:
--make their own toy thermometers
--measuring the temperature of hot water, ice water and room temperature water
--measure their own body temperature and compare the temperatures of different parts of their body (we avoided the usual inside the mouth/armpit/unmentionable areas and instead I suggested the inside of the elbow or behind the ear)
What the kids actually did:
Made their own toy thermometers! (Note: one astute mom pointed out that 0 degrees Celsius doesn't actually line up with the 32 degrees Farenheit on this free printable. Sticklers for accuracy, beware!)
other kids tried: transferring ice cubes from one cup to another (2 year old)pouring water from one cup to another
another perennial favorite activity: cutting straws into bitsand threading them back onto the pipe cleaner
Adult Challenge of the week: Ask your child to predict what they think the results will be!
Hindsight Tip: waiting for thermometers to finish measuring the temperature is slow, and hard for preschoolers. I still think this is a good activity, but a heads-up to the parents to expect some antsy-ness while waiting and maybe some filler activities or questions might have been useful.
Variations to try:--to further introduce the conversation about hot/cold temps being high or low on a thermometer, try this worksheet
--track the outside temperature for a week (or a month) and note the changes
--is a mitten warm by itself?
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