We have been a very busy group!
*Color Mixing & Absorption*
Our kiddos have fallen in LOVE with our watercolor mixing area! We brought it back out again for another week, but added sponges, cotton balls, and string. These simple objects furthered our discoveries and conversations about a variety of topics. The kiddos found out that the sponges and cotton balls would suck up all the color and liquid! But, when you squeezed the sponges you could get all the water back out again! This task was easier with the sponges than it was with the cotton balls. E found out that he could suck up the water with one pipette and then drop the water out of that pipette directly into another a pipette. What an extraordinary display of concentration and determination!
Below are some snippets of our conversations:
"I can mix up a color of purple!" - E
"I made red! Dark reds!" - E
There were a few insects flying around our heads while we were working. E used the string as if he was whipping the mosquito out of the air. "I used the string to kill mosquitoes away - like a cowboy." I let E know that cowboys use a lasso to herd their animals which led to a conversation on ropes. "I want to make a rope. Ropes are so cool. Cool means something is cool and you can see it again." - E
"I've changed my mind - I'm making bird treats! When the birds come they can take one cotton ball and eat it!" - E
"It's orange!" - C
"I'm doing a science experiment! I'm making a potion for my sister to not get in my stuff!" - EG Her potion recipe consisted of watercolors, paint, and puddle water. When EG poured her mixed concoction into the puddle we were warned, "Watch out - it's about to explode!"
*Music Instruments Invitation*
Our friend E came into the studio while I was sweeping the floor. I asked him if he wanted to help and he replied, "Sweeping is not my favorite. I like painting - that's my favorite. I have to work hard on this." I then asked him what exactly he felt like painting and making. He enthusiastically exclaimed, "INSTRUMENTS!!!"
Thus began our morning of figuring out how we could use our recycled materials to make musical instruments. E said we could make a guitar, ukulele, drum, or some sound makers (maracas). We determined that maracas would be the easiest instrument to make given the materials we had available. E & C picked out some containers to begin painting their maracas. "Maybe we could paint them. What will green and yellow make? It makes light green!" - E
After spending some time painting our containers, we discovered that the paint would not stick to the plastic. Out came the tape! Our kiddos have been practicing their tape skills over the past couple of weeks and it was evident as they quickly tore off pieces of washi tape to decorate. We filled our maracas with pasta, taped the top shut, and got to shaking! We were beyond happy with our creations and loved using them to make beats. They even made great building blocks!
*Fall Math Manipulatives*