This week we have all been little ‘scientists’ starting a wide range of experiments. Connor suggested to the group we should put things in water, freeze it and watch things come out when it melts away. We all decided to put in sea creatures and watch the liquid turn into a solid and then back into a liquid again; we talked about the whole process and how temperature plays a big part including our body heat when we touch the ice. Tracey asked a good question ‘is water or ice heavier’? So we decided to find out using scales. The children were surprised to find ice is heavier than liquid but when the ice melted the scales became even or ‘the same weight’.
The group has also been looking closely at what floats and sinks. We have established plastic does float so we got a container to float on top of the water ‘how can we make this plastic container sink’? Asked Amy ‘We can put things in it’ said Molly. We filled the container with lots of coins and heavy objects from around the room and slowly watched he container sink to the bottom.
We have also been looking at things that absorb water by testing a range of objects. The most interesting experiment has been our ‘dragon and fairy eggs’ which absorb water and become larger in water and shrink in the hot sun. They are also a wonderful sensory/relaxation experience replacing the jelly baff. Our favourite books of the week have been the ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ and ‘Picasso’ all about a green tree frog who could camouflage until he fell into a jar of coloured jelly beans! Charlie told us we could camouflage by using the clothes we wear so we went around the room searching for surroundings we could hide and camouflage ‘just like seahorses, octopuses, lizards and frogs’ said Lily, Lachlan B, Linus, and Jack. We are learning so much at kinder and enjoying it all at the same time!
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona