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Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in Blog, February Themes, Groundhog Day, Math & Science, Science, Shadows |

Making Shadows on Groundhogs Day

Making Shadows on Groundhogs Day

We had a great time making shadows on groundhogs day. Groundhogs Day is a great time to explore shadows.

We have a great little groundhog pattern available at Printables! Print it out, add color, tape it to a craft stick. Send the kids under a table that has paper draped over one side, with a big bright flashlight. Does the groundhog see his shadow?

Kaplan Early Learning Company has this great blog post on making shadows on groundhogs day or any day.

Making Shadows on Groundhogs Day

These little shapes are just stencils taped to craft sticks. Cut shapes from black construction paper so they look more like shadows. A big 9 volt flashlight propped up in a clear plastic shoe box will shine light right where needed. Simply drape a large sheet of paper over a little table. The kids love climbing under tables anyway, this just gives them a purpose.

Making Shadows on Groundhogs Day

A couple little chairs invite the audience to watch the shadow show. Make sure each child gets a turn to do both.

Making Shadows on Groundhogs Day

The kids learn quickly how to make the shadows interact. More shapes can be made with only the kids hands and fingers.

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Disney Shadow Video

My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson 

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Autumn, Blog, Bulletin Boards, Math & Science, November Themes, Science |

Preschool Science Activity Ideas – Fall

Preschool Science Activity Ideas – Fall

Nature is full of preschool science activity ideas! You just need to know where to look. One of the early science classes children are given in elementary school is called Earth Science. The science of the Earth is actually only nature. Young children can learn a lot about nature. Having a broad basic understanding of the outside world early will help them succeed when the reach that elemntary Earth Science class. So here we go.

Bringing Nature In To the Preschool Classroom

Fall Gourds -Fun Preschool Scrience Activities   We put this tray in our science center for further exploration after everyone had a turn to look closely with the magnifying glass at circle time.

Depending on your location fall will look different than fall in other locations. What ever changes that take place outside…bring some samples into your classroom. Maybe mangos become ripe in fall near you, or oranges are being arvested now, even if it’s just a small tray of dried up leaves and some sticks! Bring one or two samples into the classroom for your children to observe. Put a child safe magnifyng glass on the tray and pass it around at circle time.

These are just a few of the things we bring samples of into the classroom in the fall.

Dried Corn Prescool Science Activity Ideas- Fall Dried Corn To Husk -Fun Preschool Science Activity Ideas  Milk Weed In A Jar- Fun Preschool Science Activity Ideas Fun Preschool Science Activity Ideas - Pumpkin Seeds

Don’t forget to show your how the children how to use the magnifying glass to make the object appear larger. Hold the maginfying glass close to the object and look through, don’t hold it up to your eye.

 Science Activities For Fall

Growing Sweet Potatoes

Chestnut Counting Preschool Science Activity Ideas   Grow A Sweet Potato - Fun Preschool Science Activity

You’ll need a sweet potato, or a piece of one. four toothpicks, clear plastic cup, water.

Poke the toothpicks into the sides of the potato at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 so they can hold the top portion of the potato out of the water. Submerge the potato untill it’s resting on the toothpicks. Keep the cup watered enough that the botom of the potato is always wet.

Have the children make observations as the potato changes. You might want to have them draw in their journals or on clipboards like real scientists!

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Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in August Themes, Blog, Engineering, Science, Tech |

Preschool S.T.E.M. Is STEAM

Preschool S.T.E.M. Is STEAM

Preschool S.T.E.M. Is STEAM

“Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist.” -Carl Sagan

Because the world has moved into the Information Age the focus in education has shifted to S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Smart preschools have found ways to incorporate STEM’s different disciplines into children’s daily activities, with one important addition…art. Add Art and you turn STEM into STEAM curriculum. Preschool S.T.E.M. is STEAM. Since art is already integral to preschool curriculum you’re probably already offering these domains of learning (and more) in your classroom daily. Lets take a look.

Here’s a nice video showing young children as they are introduced to STEM activities during a typical day at school. the narrator says “Many early childhood teachers are already implementing STEM practices, in their classrooms, and the don’t even know it.” Many of us do know that what we’re teaching qualifies a STEM and/or STEAM. Below you’ll find a collection of photos showing how simple activities can qualify as STEM/STEAM.

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Preschool S.T.E.M. Is STEAM – Science

Preschool S.T.E.M. is STEAM Science Pipette, colored vinegar, baking soda  Science – This child is using a pipette to experiment with colored vinegar and baking soda. You could try it with water first and compare what happens with the vinegar. The children could predict what they think will happen.  (Hint Bubbles happen!)

Preschool S.T.E.M. is STEAM - Steve Spangler Windbags Science – This child is catching air in Steve Spangler’s Windbags. Fun science!

Preschool S.T.E.M. Is STEAM – Tech

Preschool S.T.E.M. Record Player Spin Art  Technology – This technology might be outdated in the MP3 era but the kids love it! We use an old record player to spin paper plates and paint while it turns.

Preschool S.T.E.M. is STEAM- Observatory Field Trip  Technology – We took a field trip to a nearby observatory. If you have an internet connection you can find many sites to show kids space. NASA is a beautiful place to visit online.

Preschool S.T.E.M. Is STEAM – Engineering

Preschool S.T.E.M. is STEAM - Diamond Pyramid Building Blocks  Engineering – The blocks this young girl is using can build pyramids and so much more! We keep these at the table.

Preschool S.T.E.M. is STEAM - Building Blocks  Engineering – These building blocks are made of durable cardboard. They are light weight and allow the kids to build over their heads. When they fall no one gets hurt.

Preschool S.T.E.M. Is STEAM – ART

Preschool S.T.E.M. is STEAM Magnet Art  Art – We are making marble art with magnetic marbles. Put a few different colors of paint in small cups, use a spoon to dip the marbles in the paint. Place the paint covered marbles on a paper (use a plastic tray). Use a magnet wand or any magnet to move the magnetic marbles around the paper.

Preschool S.T.E.M. is STEAM - Art - Open Ended   Art- Open ended art supplies are available all day, all year. We upgrade the supplies as the children’s abilities develop. We start with crayons, washable markers, scissors, and glue. Later in the year we add water color paint, shape hole punches, pattern scissors… The easel is always open as well.

Preschool S.T.E.M. Is STEAM – Math

Preschool S.T.E.M. is STEAM - Math Graphing Apples  Math – Here we graphed how many classmates liked each of three different kinds of apples. We all tasted each color apple and made the graph while some of the children were still chewing!

Preschool S.T.E.M. is STEM - Math Numbers 0-9  Math – October is fire safety month so we work on calling 911. After they’ve all had a turn I put the flannel board and numbers in the Math/Science Center for open ended play.

The point of all this is that these are the activities child care and preschool teachers do with children every day. We actually incorporate many other aspects of learning. These pictures also depict fine and large motor development, social skills, and many other developmental skills that are inherent in the learning taking place. Teachers in early childhood education incorporate S.T.E.M. and STEAM into the curriculum every day, even if they don’t realize it!



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Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in Blog, Butterflies, Blog, Science |

Metamorphosis ?

Order your caterpillars at Insect Lore

Caterpillars  The caterpillars are tiny when you unbox them. Watch them and wait…

Butterfly's life cycle  Have magnifying glasses at the ready! This set of butterfly life cycle can be purchased here.

Caterpillars Growing They’ll get big fast! Keep waiting…

remove from lid Remove them from the paper once they’ve all made their cacoon. More waiting… Until one day you’ll see…BUTTERFLIES!



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Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in April Themes, Art, Blog, Science |

April Showers

April Showers

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

April showers bring May flowers. Bring this concept to life with these fun activities.

Firsst mix a little white glue and blue liquid watercolor. Have the kids use droppers or pipettes to place drops of rain across the top of their paper, then hold the paper up to make the rain flow down the page. Add cotton ball clouds while the glue is still wet.

Rain Songs

 April Showers

Another fun activity for a rainy day is to open an umbrella, have a few kids get under, have a few others, outside the umbrella,  use spray bottles with water to make it rain. Don’t let them get too carried away though, because soon they’ll all be drenched! This is really fun outdoors if you live in a warm climate. Try it with bare feet!

Rain Books

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