Category: Science Units

Experiment 8: Fireworks in Milk (Investigating Surface Tension) 0

Experiment 8: Fireworks in Milk (Investigating Surface Tension)

Today’s experiments (8 & 9) both investigated surfacetension. In this milk experiment, we watched as dish washingsoap broke the surface tension of the milk and sent dyeracing away. So, here’s what we did:1) Pour a small pitcher of milk onto a plate2) Place 1 drop of each color — red, yellow, blue and green3) Dip a Q-tip into dish washing soap 4) Place the Q-tip gently in the center of...

Experiment 8: (cont.) 0

Experiment 8: (cont.)

We had some really interesting movement when weadded a drop of blue and red food coloring and then leta couple drops of soap drip into the milk. The kids really, really enjoyed this experiment! I highlyrecommend this one. I’ve seen this experiment in a number of places, but there’sa good explanation of the science behind it all at: pages 6-7. Please like & share:

Experiment 9: Surface Tension in Water 0

Experiment 9: Surface Tension in Water

Grandpa sent us a wonderful science video clipabout water drops. So, I set up this experiment togo along with the two minute video (which wewatched afterward). The experiment wasquite simple, but the kids were at it for at leasttwenty minutes! 1) Pour a pitcher of water into a dish2) Place some colored water into a small dish3) Using an eye dropper, pick up some coloredwater.4) Drop ONE drop into the...

Experiments  6 and 7: Magnetic and Particle Attraction 0

Experiments 6 and 7: Magnetic and Particle Attraction

Here’s our craft table all set up with a science station. Theseexperiments have to do mostly with magnetic attraction,although we have one on particle attraction as well. I also have the magnetic maze (a gift from a formerkindergarten teacher/friend) and a craft on the milky waygalaxy. Please like & share:

Experiment 6: Particle Attraction 0

Experiment 6: Particle Attraction

This is a simple lesson that shows how particles areattracted to each other. Just have them drop paper intostill water (don’t blow or move the water around) andwatch the bits of paper move toward one another. We used bits of paper from my comb binder, but anysmall pieces should work. I’ve heard that you could alsosubstitute talcum powder or baby powder, but we did nottry this. Please like & share:

Milky Way Galaxy Art 0

Milky Way Galaxy Art

We studied the Milky Way Galaxy and planets a bit lastyear, but since this was covered in the Montessori “FirstGreat Lesson” that we presented (in our own version)over the weekend, I thought the kids might enjoy doing acouple pictures related to what we talked about. Links about the Montessori Great Lessons (geared forearly elementary aged kids): Please like & share:

Milky Way Art (cont.) 0

Milky Way Art (cont.)

We did two art projects to show the spiral shaped, MilkyWay Galaxy. One was simply sparkles and shiny starspasted onto black paper. For the white pictures, the kids drew the Milky WayGalaxy with a white oil pastel. Then they painted overtheir drawing with black paint. We found that white oilpastels worked MUCH better for the kids than regularcrayola crayons. Please like & share:

Science Experiment Month Has Begun! 0

Science Experiment Month Has Begun!

We’re ready for our month of science experiments!I gathered lots of ideas, printed them out and putthem together into a little booklet. We watch a friend during the school holidays and lastJanuary we did a lot of science experiments together.The experiments were such a bit hit with all the kidslast year that we decided to spend a full month doingexperiments again this year. My goal is for the experiments to...

Experiment 1: What do ants eat? 0

Experiment 1: What do ants eat?

Experiment 1: What do ants eat? There are about 1300 different species of ants herein Australia. We’ve heard that there are more ants(by weight) in Australia than people in the world. I don’t know if that’s true, but I can tell you thatwe see streams of ants an inch thick heading upand down the side- walks in the parks andeverywhere. As an aside, DD was bit by a 1 inch...