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Because sometimes we just need a day to splash and get muddy!!
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We have been discussing Spring! The children have been sharing things that they have seen outside that tell us Spring is here…although you wouldn’t believe it the last couple days! lol Mrs Oakley read a book that mentioned pussy willows; the children said they didn’t know what they were…so Wednesday I brought in some pussy […]
During circle Wednesday, we read the book, “The Snowy Day”. It is about a little boy who wakes up to snow and goes outside and explores his neighborhood. He plays in the snow, makes footprints and shakes a snow covered branch. He also tries to join older children in a snowball fight but finds he is too young. At the end, he makes a snowball and puts it in his pocket for later and heads inside. In the morning he checks his pocket and his snowball is gone…
This sparked a conversation about his snowball, where it went and inspired a science experiment.
We filled three bowls with snow and decided we would keep one on the counter, one in the fridge and one in the freezer. The children predicted as to what would happen to the snow in each bowl. All agreed that the snow on the counter would melt, some children guessed that the snow in the fridge would melt and some that it would remain snow. Again all the children agreed that the snow in the freezer would remain as snow.
Thursday we looked at all three bowls…the snow on the counter and in the fridge melted and the snow in the freezer remained snow.
The children said it was because the freezer was cold like outside!
This week we have been adding some fun and colour to our very cold winter days! We used droppers with paint and a salad spinner to paint “snowflakes”. The droppers provided great fine motor strengthening to their fingers and hands as well as great hand-eye coordination to strategically place the coloured drops on to the paper. Once the children were satisfied with the amount of drops, they placed the lid on the spinner and spun away. The excitement and sequels once opening the lid to see their creation was priceless!