Recently the Preschool teachers have been planning learning environments with appropriate levels of challenge to encourage children to explore, experiment and take appropriate risks in light of Science week. This supported the children in developing a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating.
The children were very excited and eager to participate, using their 5 senses in these fun learning experiences. During the experiences, the children hypothesised their thoughts and theories on what and why they thought things would happen.
Sink and float – exploring how and why different items float and sink
What will sink and what will float?
“It is floating” said Luca
“Pom Pom float” said Amelia
“Rock sink” said Parker
Bouncy egg – investigating chemical reactions
What will happen to the egg in the vinegar?
“It will break in the vinegar” said Beaudie
What does the egg feel like?
“Cold” said Kyrah
“Bumpy” said Zac
“Soft and weird” said Mason
Milk and food dye experiment – exploring movement and bonds
What will happen?
“I think it will be a rainbow swirl” said Patsy
“It will turn in to a potion” said Daisy
Running rainbow experiment – investigating capillary action, cohesion, gravity and colour mixing
How do you make a rainbow?
“Wet and the sun” said Cameron
“Rain and water” said Eddie
Making snow using cornflour and bicarb soda – exploring textures and habitats
How can we make snow?
“We need water” said Atlas
How does it feel?
“Soft” said Zac
“It’s not cold” said Adrian
“Soft and crunchy” said Sophia
Volcano lava lamp – examining reactions and cause and effect
What can you see?
“A lot of bubbles” said Halle
“Big and little bubbles” said Austin
“There was lava” said Archer
Through the children engaging in these hands-on experiments, it helps them to grow big ideas and understand fundamental concepts such as observing, comparing, classifying, measuring, communicating, inferring and predicting.
This learning experience can be linked to Piaget’s theories. He believes the child is an active learner and that the child must be given opportunities to explore, discover and experiment. These principles underpin all cognitive development.