Rock Activities for Kids – Being Geologists

Rock Activities for Kids – Being Geologists

One of the classes that I teach has been studying rocks.  I continued their learning with a few rock experiments.  I like the idea of giving young kids the tools that scientists use, so they used eye droppers and magnifying glasses.  We then talked about the 3 types of rock.  I smushed 3 colours of playdough together to show how some rocks are formed by pressure (and sometimes heat) to form a new rock as they could see because of the different colours.

STEM activities for Kindergarten – Osmosis

STEM activities for Kindergarten – Osmosis

Worms are always a popular topic in the spring!  Especially after a lot of rain washes them out of their homes and children hop around on the sidewalks so that they don’t step on these interesting creatures.  Since students showed an interest in worms, I decided to do some stem activities for kindergarten.  Often this experiment uses gummy bears, but we used gummy worms. We started by putting students into small groups.  Each group got a gummy worm.  They inspected the worm first and then placed it in a cup with only water, a cup with salt mixed into water and...

Homemade Paint – Rock Paint

Homemade Paint – Rock Paint

Homemade paint made from rocks?  It’s easier than you think!  I used small groups for this activity.  Students wore safety goggles when doing this activity and had one-on-one help with the hammers (if needed). Students smashed down rocks (I used lava rocks) with the hammers and then grinded them down further in a mortar and pestle.  The finer they can make the rock the better. Once we had a very fine powder we then added a bit of flax seed oil to make it have a consistency closer to paint – and then we painted! The paint is not particularly smooth or as...

Space Activities for Kindergarten

Space Activities for Kindergarten

I think all kids have a natural curiosity about space and astronauts…and if there’s ice cream involved then I guarantee you will have their full attention.   Being Canadian, I am a huge fan of Chris Hadfield and thoroughly enjoy his posts online about life in space.  All space activities for kindergarten tend to be a hit and this is one of only a few lessons that I have repeated every year! I had a student get dressed in the hall into the astronaut suit and then come in as our ‘guest speaker.’  We discussed her/his suit, how heavy it is...

Easy Homemade Drums for Kids

Easy Homemade Drums for Kids

120 homemade drums in one day?  Why not? This  I gave each student a styrofoam cup and some wax paper.  They were given markers, stickers etc. to create their drum in any way they choose.  We secured wax paper on top with an elastic.  Once everyone was done, we practiced with our drums together and experimented with the different sounds that we could create.

Kindergarten Math Activities

Kindergarten Math Activities

 Need quick, fun, and hands-on kindergarten math activities?  Try this!  I handed out small baggies with 10 goldfish crackers in each back.  (I made one bag for each student.) We first counted how many fish everyone had and made sure that we all had 10.  We then lined up our crackers and we followed along together as each of our fish went on an adventure. We ate a cracker each time one of the fish left and then recounted our fish.  It was a fun little math activity that kept students engaged – especially since Goldfish crackers are always a favourite. As...