Each morning the little ones have a one hour themed session. In science they made their own yellow ball from Borax and glue; in art they made some sand pictures; in their explorers class they discovered the joys of a beachy sensory box; during their time as inventors they made a beach in a bottle and finally during their naturalist slot they examined the beach finds with a magnifying glass. All in all a very productive week.
Young Scientists at Play
This week we decided to move on to doing some experiments with Borax. Although safe for little ones to handle it is not edible so keep away from their little mouths! As we were studying Yellow Ball we thought it might be nice to try to make our own home-made one from Borax and glue.
- I gathered up our young scientists:
- They began to mix:
- A teaspoon of the resulting solution was added to the glue mixture:
- Once it had bonded it was removed from the beaker and kneaded:
- The girls then showed off their balls before spending a long time playing with them:
Young Artists at Play
I thought for young artists hour I would cut out some card into ocean themed shapes, pop the sand into bowls on the table with some glue and brushes and let the girls have a bit of fun with some coloured sand art:
And after shaking excess off:
Young Inventors at Play
During our inventors hour we made a beach in bottle. The idea came from the Thai blog .
They are still playing with these a few days later! The older ones love them as well. The sea, sky and sand stay completely separate from each other, not mixing at all. The viscosity of the oil on movement looks very much like waves in the bottle. Very clever – except the shells in the oil sky. Not so clever.
Both girls ended up playing with this for well over an hour and afterwards I left them outside and all five children played with them on and off throughout the week. Such cheap, healthy fun!
Young Naturalists at Play
A really good week, which tied in well with our Yellow Ball, beach themed week!