Archive for the ‘Experiments’ Category
Today we made a school bus as part of our transportation theme.
First I gave Hailey 3 squares to draw some faces on for the windows on the bus.
Then I gave her a bus shape and had her spread a glue/water (just a little bit of water) mixture all over the bus.
Then she spread yellow tissue paper all over her bus.
Once the whole bus was covered, Hailey brushed a thin layer of the glue/water mixture over the bus.
Hailey added some windows and wheels.
Here is the finished school bus.
Then we did a little experiment:
Hailey dropped a ball of playdough into a bowl of water to see if it would sink or float. (It sunk.)
Then I shaped the playdough like a boat and asked her what she thought would happen if we put it back in the water. She thought it would still sink.
When she saw that it floated she was quite excited with the results. We talked about why this one floated and the first one did not.
Hailey finished up with this color by number from the Transportation Preschool Pack at Homeschool Creations.
This spring Hailey and I are going to participate in the garden challenge over at The Homeschool Village. We still have some snow on the ground where we live and a forecast for another snow storm this weekend. So we can’t actually plant outside yet- and usually can’t until the end of May. But I do want to participate, so we are going to get a few things started inside. So far the only thing we have planted inside is grass:
She planted just a few grass seeds a little over a week ago
One week after she planted.
A better shot to see how much her grass grew in one week. That was on Monday of this week.
This is her grass today- it has really grown since Monday. Each morning it is noticeably taller than the night before.
I have some more things planned to plant with Hailey and once the weather is nice enough I want to start a garden with her. So, here’s the plan:
I am thinking we will plant in this area- I need to come up with a way to keep the deer and rabbits out of our garden though. Since our growing season is short we will probably have to buy plants that are already started. I want to grow things like tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, etc.
As part of studying about gardening I have lots of activities in my Mailbox magazines that we will use. I am also excited to use the Garden Preschool Pack from Homeschool Creations to go along with our unit. We probably won’t actually do our gardening unit until the end of May when it is usually safe to plant.
A few more plans for planting:
Rich rebuilt our deck last summer and we added some plants and landscaping. Hailey and I are going to do some more planting and add some more flowers.
This picture is from almost 2 years ago- but behind Hailey is the front of our house. I really want to rip those bushes out (and have Rich rebuild our porch, but that’s another story) and add some nice flowers and plants there.
So- there’s our plans for this spring/summer. Hailey and I are both excited to get started. Check out what everyone is else planning over at The Homeschool Village.
Continuing with our transportation theme we made a little town with roads for Hailey to drive her cars on.
Hailey placed the roads how she wanted them and then she added some yellow chalk lines. Then I helped her glue the roads where she wanted them.
She decided we should add some water- so we put some water under a couple roads. Then we added some houses.
Hailey’s finished town. Once it is completely dry I am going to put contact paper over it so that she can drive her cars on it.
A few other things we did:
Hailey wrote the color words from the transportation pack from Homeschool Creations.
Hailey made a traffic light.
We did a little experiment to see what it would take to sink a “boat.” I put water in a big mixing bowl, then used a rubbermaid container as the boat. For each item on our list- containers of playdough, crayons, hearts and blocks- Hailey had to guess how many she thought it would take to sink the boat. Then we tested to see how many it actually took.
Testing to see how many blocks it would take to sink the boat.
Linking up here:
A couple of weeks ago Hailey came up with a bunch of topics that she wants to learn about. The first one she picked is horses and ponies. So, this week she is learning all about horses and ponies. We started out by getting all sorts of books at the library. I had a hard time coming up with art activities to do for horses… so here’s the first thing we did:
Hailey painted this page from DLTK.
Then she painted a toilet paper roll brown.
The completed horse from the side so you can see his tail.
Another view of the horse.
Then since horses eat grass- we planted some grass.
Hailey in our shed getting some dirt for our grass.
Adding just a little bit of grass seed
Day one of our grass growing experiment.
Hailey loves mazes- so I found some horse mazes for her to do.