I must admit when the science experiment paper came home I was a tiny, tiny bit dismayed as I am kind of ready to wrap up the year. But the infectious enthusiasm of my five-year-old twins quickly won me over. The girls reminded me of how awesome it is to make slime and wanted to know what types of science experiments they could do for their class.
We fired up the computer and turned to Pinterest. We quickly found lots of pre-school science ideas and are working on our plans for their presentations. The girls were so interested in the different projects and had lots of questions on how the projects worked. As we sat there clicking on ideas I thought to myself this really was a good idea and I needed to get fully onboard.
A few days later the girls jumped into the minivan at pick-up time and immediately began telling me about their friend, Lukas' cool science experiment. Per Stella and Sophia, Lukas had a bowl of water and added pepper. The girls said the pepper was like germs. Then Lukas put some hand soap on his finger and put it in the water. The pepper scattered which Sophia and Stella thought was very cool. Lukas explained that it is important to use soap and wash your hands to keep germs away. The girls loved it and we had to do Lukas' science experiment that evening. Stella dumped a ton of "germs" or pepper into her bowl while Sophia wanted a smaller amount of "germs." Stella was so excited to put the Dial soap on her finger and Sophia was a little more cautious but loved the reaction in the water. Check out the picture above to see the girls in action with the germ experiment. Good job Lukas and love the power of Dial soap!
With summer approaching you could use summer items like swim googles, a swim raft, popsicles, and a beach towel for this project. Happy measuring!
Use familiar household items and decorations to turn estimation into a fun game! This exercise in estimation is great for any fourth grader trying to build their math skills by learning how to measure different items.
What You Need:
- Tape measure
- Objects for measuring (see below)
- Make a list (your child can help) of items that your child can measure. For the holidays, for example, the list can include some of the following: light bulb, candy cane, ornaments, wreath, popped popcorn and cookies.
- On a sheet of paper, help your child make three columns: Object, Estimation and Actual.
- Have him then write the names of the object he's measuring in the first column.
- Prompt him to guess how long or the item is. You can use inches or centimeters depending on what he's most comfortable with.
- Once he's done estimating each item, he can actually measure each item and see how close he was.