Yesterday I placed an easel outside Jumble House. On it was an example of art produced by blowing paint with a straw. A technique enjoyed by generations of children.
It’s also one of the methods I used to create the illustrations in my book, ‘Roo’s Magic Colours’. This is the story of Rupert (Roo) who loves painting and, through his art , finds a way to make the ‘boring’ everyday tasks like walking the dog and tidying his bedroom a lot more fun! The book links with a playlist by the same name on my channel containing videos showing how to create these pictures.
Today I will replace this illustration with another example from my book, using a different technique.
Here is the link:
Why? How? What if?
We experience the magic of science so many times a day without even thinking about it. To us it is just routine. Part of our everyday life. Very quickly it also becomes routine to a child and then the ‘magic’ is lost and so is a very easy way of absorbing basic science concepts. Things that kids often find boring in a classroom situation at school when introduced at an early age in a 1:1 situation, they are fascinating!
It’s usually the child who asks ‘why?’ but sometimes it’s good to turn the tables!
There’s no need to know the answer either! Brainstorming.Throwing out suggestions, ideas, even funny and silly ones makes learning fun and motivates children to want to find out more.
Examining a dry fresh teabag partly answers the question and is probably sufficient for toddlers. For older children further answers can be found together by watching an age appropriate animation or video on the internet.
Prediction is a vital and a fun part of science. It gives us an opportunity to experiment. To investigate and to test out our theories.
What if we used cold water? What do you think would happen? How would it be different?
Then try and find out! I haven’t got the answers on my channel but I have made quite a few programmes to introduce very young children to the magic of science. Try them and if you enjoy please subscribe to my channel. Everything is free. More ideas every day this week.
Make a ⛄️ lamp. Fun, quick and effective. Not quite as quick as this video but there’s a more ‘relaxed’version on my channel to watch with your children or group. I used the inside of a pillow for the snow ❄️ effect. The head is a homemade string bauble but you could use a plastic ball. The ‘lite cube’ is very effective but a led candle would be ok.
We wanted to know how the holes got into bread so we watched Maisie making a loaf of bread ‘Yummy Good for your Tummy Bread’ and then made some ourselves.
Watching the yeast fermenting and producing all those tiny bubbles is fascinating and children love to have a go kneading the bread dough.
Using fresh yeast to do this makes the science behind bread making much clearer.
After producing a really delicious loaf of bread using Maisie’s instructions we looked at the conditions needed for the yeast to work.
This is what we did:
We put the same amount of yeast in seven dishes.
Dish A … we added sugar.
Dish B … we added cold milk
Dish C … we added warm milk
Dish D …we added sugar and cold milk
Dish E … we added sugar and warm milk
Dish F … we added sugar and very hot milk.
Dish G … just yeast. Nothing added.
Then the children were asked to PREDICT which dish the yeast would work best in.
The dishes were left for 30minutes.
This dish did the best. Which was it? What conclusions did we draw?Well, you need to try the experiment out for yourselves to find out because that is what ‘Jumble Fun’ is all about! Motivating children to be ‘hands on’
A good introduction to the simple science of yeast for very young children can be found on the Jumble Fun in the ‘Science for Kids’ playlist on out channel: http://tinyurl.com/funjumbles
In this programme Lizzie Witch illustrates how to blow up a balloon using yeast
Collecting autumn leaves is fun. They are colourful! Crispy and NOISY!
We love crunching them under our feet and watching them fall from the trees.
I take a magazine out with me and slip the leaves between the pages. That way they don’t get broken on the way home.
Once home I slip the magazine under a rug for a couple of days to flatten the leaves.
Then we’re ready to make our Mrs. Spoon.
Catch them being good.
You know that great feeling you get when someone says ‘Well done,’ or thanks you for your hard work, or comments on how nice you look or how much they enjoyed your meal? Acknowledgement, positive reinforcement and praise work wonders to raise our self esteem and motivate us to continue.
The same applies to children.
Like us, they need praise.
Too often we tend to comment on the negative behaviour but neglect commenting on the positive. This becomes a downward spiral. Kids want attention and they will find the best way to get it!
If they get more attention by behaving badly then this is what they will continue to do. If they are praised for eating correctly, putting their toys away, not interrupting, sharing, playing quietly etc, then their periods of positive behaviour will increase. It’s hard to apply this method initially but it’s worth it in the long run!
WHY? My daughter once asked me why there were more yellow flowers than white. To be honest I’d never even noticed! But, yes, she was right. When I looked around there were more yellow flowers. Why? I hadn’t a clue so I threw back the question! “I don’t know. Why do you think it is?” Young children are SO much better than us at answering their own difficult questions! Back came the answer, ‘Maybe it’s because the bees prefer yellow flowers?’ A pretty good hypothesis to start with. So from there we got into a conversation about what the bees were doing on the flowers and was it just bees or did other insects visit flowers and why? Then of course came an even more difficult question! “But how can we find out?” Well, by then it was getting rather near to tea time and my mind wasn’t really on bees and flowers. But daughter being very persistent would not let it go! To cut a long story short she decided to test out her colour theory by placing clear plastic dishes with a sugar solution on a selection of different coloured card. Then I got on with making the tea while she sat there like a statue counting how many insects visited the different coloured ‘flowers’! The result? Was her prediction correct? Try it and see!