Saturday Morning Science: Shadow Play

In Saturday Morning Science posts, I will be sharing science activities that you can do with your little ones with materials you most likely already have.  (Many of the activities you have seen before, but I think little reminders are always good.  I hope to share some new ideas, too!)  Children are naturally curious.  Letting them explore and discover the world around them helps build a foundation for future science learning.  {I got the name for Saturday Morning Science from a lecture series I used to attend at the University of Missouri.  On Saturday mornings, scientists share their research with the public in an hour long talk.}—————————————————————————–

Materials:
flashlight
random objects or toys
a blank wall

Play ideas:
Let your imagination run wild with this activity.  Shine the flashlight on the wall and place a toy in between the flashlight and the wall.  Point out the shadow to your little one.

Aiden got so excited to see the shadow shapes on the wall.

Don’t you love that little face?

We made shadows with our hands and feet, stuffed animals, shapes, toy cars, and toy horses.  We observed the silhouettes of our bodies.  We used big toys and small toys.  Aiden liked to make the stuffed animals dance.  You can also try shadow dancing with your little one yourself.

Hold a toy far away from the light (it will be small).

Bring the toy close to the light and watch it get bigger.

Questions to ask:

  • What makes a shadow?  {When something blocks the light, a shadow in the shape of the object is made.}
  • What happens when we bring something closer to the flashlight?  {The shadow gets bigger.}
  • What shape is on the wall?
Other ideas:
We also shined the flashlight through objects – the toy shapes and the puppets.  The light changed colors and we talked about the colors.

After having loads of fun playing and learning about shadows, we played hide and seek in the dark.  Patrick and I took turns hiding while Aiden looked for us with the flashlight.  We were still honing our science skills during the hide and seek festivities. We made observations and used our reasoning skills in order to search for someone.

 Go grab a flashlight and have some fun.
Throw in some science learning while you’re at it!
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Saturday Morning Science: Reindeer Edition

In Saturday Morning Science posts, I will be sharing science activities that you can do with your little ones with materials you most likely already have.  (Many of the activities you have seen before, but I think little reminders are always good.  I hope to share some new ideas, too!)  Children are naturally curious.  Letting them explore and discover the world around them helps build a foundation for future science learning.  {I got the name for Saturday Morning Science from a lecture series I used to attend at the University of Missouri.  On Saturday mornings, scientists share their research with the public in an hour long talk.}

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Since today is Christmas Eve, I wanted the science to be Christmas focused.  Regardless of your opinion on Santa {read my thoughts here}, I thought learning about reindeer would be fun.  I’m going to share facts about reindeer with you.  Your job is to share the facts with your children.  You could also read books about reindeer.  You can do crafts about reindeer (I’ll include some links), and you could make a reindeer snack.

Source: theanimalprintshop.com via Trisha on Pinterest

Reindeer
{Information from the Smithsonian and the San Diego Zoo}

Reindeer live in the Arctic.
They eat mosses, herbs, ferns, grasses, shoots, and leaves.
In the winter, they eat lichen.
Reindeer are covered in hair from their nose to the bottom of their feet.  The hair traps air.  This gives them insulation to help keep them warm.
Reindeer are excellent swimmers!
Reindeer noses are designed to warm the cold air before it enters their body.
They have a great sense of smell.
Reindeer are most likely the same species as caribou.
Reindeer are smaller than caribou.
Reindeer were domesticated a long time ago.  Today they are herded by many people around the world.  They are used to pull sleds, and they are farmed for their meat, milk, and hides.

You can see live video of reindeer here.

Visit the Reindeer Barn at Northpole.com to read stories about Raymond the reindeer.

Reindeer Crafts

Lorie from Reading Confetti has created Santa and Reindeer Handprints.

Source: readingconfetti.com via Trisha on Pinterest

Another idea from Life in Motion Photography.

Source: lifeinmotionphotography.com via Trisha on Pinterest

I’m sure there’s tons more, but I think you get the idea.  Learn a little about reindeer, and enjoy your Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas,
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Saturday Morning Science: Choose Your Own Adventure

In Saturday Morning Science posts, I will be sharing science activities that you can do with your little ones with materials you most likely already have.  (Many of the activities you have seen before, but I think little reminders are always good.  I hope to share some new ideas, too!)  Children are naturally curious.  Letting them explore and discover the world around them helps build a foundation for future science learning.  {I got the name for Saturday Morning Science from a lecture series I used to attend at the University of Missouri.  On Saturday mornings, scientists share their research with the public in an hour long talk.}

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You know how much I love Pinterest, right?  Well, for today’s Saturday Morning Science Activity, I’m going to share a few science activities I’ve pinned.  Choose one {or more} to do with your little one!

Last week, I suggested mixing baking soda and vinegar together along with other kitchen chemistry ideas.  Jamie from Hands On: As We Grow took this idea one step further when she added color to the vinegar.  {She got the idea from someone who got the idea from Pinterest – lovely how that works, huh?}

Source: handsonaswegrow.com via Trisha on Pinterest

Try these fall sensory bins from Jill at A Mom with A Lesson Plan.

Source: amomwithalessonplan.com via Trisha on Pinterest

How about a little physics?  Check out this cool ramps and chutes idea from Anna at The Imagination Tree.  {This is the one Aiden and I are doing today.}

Source: theimaginationtree.com via Trisha on Pinterest

Make moon sand and cloud dough and compare the textures like Joyce from Dinosaurs and Octopuses {love that blog name btw}.

Source: dinosaursandoctopuses.blogspot.com via Trisha on Pinterest

You can check out more of the fun ideas I’ve pinned here. {I’m always adding more!}

Which activity will you choose?
What cool science activities do you have to share?

Thanks for reading!
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