Holiday Science Experiment

Holiday Science Experiment

With Christmas right around the corner, my students are getting excited for the holidays – I am too!  For my science class today, I decided to keep with the Christmas theme and did a holiday science experiment.  Students became surgeons/doctors/scientists for this activity.  I later did the activity at home with my own kids and they loved it too! To start, I used lemon jello and poured it into tin pans. I used roughly one jello pack to make 3 pans and then sprinkled a few of the mini decorations into each pan.  The more gems/mini decorations that you add...

Science for Kids – Liquids and Solids

Science for Kids – Liquids and Solids

I tried this experiment in the past when I taught science for kids in grade 2, but it was just as much fun for my kindergarten kids today.   It is a great hands-on experiment for kids to learn about liquids and solids.  It helps young kids gain an understanding that not all liquids are the same and that they behave differently. We looked at the colour, movement and even how the liquid coated the sides.  For the solids students looked at colours, movement and even what happened when they shook the container. Everyone stated out with a collection of jars...

Kindergarten Math Talk

Kindergarten Math Talk

The more math talks I do with kids, the more I am finding them rewarding.  During our kindergarten math talks, I accept any answer and over time more and more students are participating in our conversation.  Recently, we have been talking, and learning about shapes.  Today I used 5 felt shapes: square, diamond, circle, triangle and a trapezoid. I love the fact that the shapes, and board, are huge!  It keeps students attention because the shapes were so clear and they are immediately drawn to it.  (I made the board from a large sheet of plywood covered in felt.) I...

Story Telling for Kids – Alfie’s Long Winter

Story Telling for Kids – Alfie’s Long Winter

My favourite activities to prepare and present to young children are story plays.  I love when I find a great book that I immediately want to turn into a story play.  “Alfie’s Long Winter,” by Greg McEvoy is one of my, and my students, favourites!  The book is perfect for fall or winter!  Whenever I do a story play, my students are excited and mesmerized when I present.  This form of story telling for kids is something that I have become very passionate about.  I have found that there is incredible value in it and a wonderful way to make...

Winter Craft Ideas for Kids – Snowman

Winter Craft Ideas for Kids – Snowman

Sometimes I am really organized and buy specific materials for a craft idea that I want to tryout with my kids. Other times, we use what we have on hand. Often, our spontaneous crafts turn out to be some of our favourites. With Christmas around the corner, and a bit of snow on the ground, making a snowmen was on my kids minds. This snowman craft idea is simple and turns out so beautifully.  I love the fact that it is 3 dimensional because it makes a beautiful decoration. We started with 2 small balloons. You can make your snowman...

Simple Science Experiments – Colour Changing Flower

Simple Science Experiments – Colour Changing Flower

I really enjoy doing simple science experiments with kids.  They learn so much from the experiments and it gets them excited about science.  Some students recently asked how water gets into a tree.  They knew that leaves don’t ‘drink’ the rain, but wondered how the water got into the leaves and tree.  I decided to try this experiment with them to help explain. To start, I used 3 white carnation flowers.  I filled a cup with water and then added (quite a bit) of food colouring (1 to 4 ratio of water to food colouring.)  The more colouring you add,...