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Sparkles, sorting and explosions

I finally got around to making a snowflake with borax and  boiling water.  It worked over night. I like experiments that work right away. It makes a fun sparkly ornament.

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The sorting activity uses pictures from old calendars.  We get at least a dozen calendars from various organizations every year.  The pictures shown are for the categories mammal, insect, reptiles, fish and birds.  I would have labels of the categories for them to match up.  This science center would be done on the rug.  The pictures are large, so they would enjoy crawling around creating a giant graph. This activity could be extended by adding a writing or a verbal “report” on what they found.

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Other categories that I have come up with for the many, many calendar pictures I have are:

  • animals that can swim/fly
  • birds with beaks for meat/nuts/insects/nectar
  • animals bigger than me/smaller than me  (me being a 5 year old)
  • animals that live on land/water/both
  • animals with 0/2/4/6/8/10 legs
  • carnivores/herbivores
  • animals with spots/stripes/both
  • animals that live in salt water/freshwater
  • pictures of animals in various seasons
  • pictures of different habitats.  Ocean/mountain/desert/forest/river/grassland

Can you think of other categories that might work for this project.

The last experiment is the classic mixing vinegar and baking soda.  The balloon was small so you can guess the end result.

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POP!

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Sensory bottles

Here are the first of many sensory bottles that I have made.  Image

The green jar has water, oil and buttons. Some of the buttons float on the oil and some sink.  If you shake up the bottle you can watch the layers seperate out again.

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The orange bottle has wood, plastic and glass beads.  Again it is a sink and float bottle.

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The green and white bottle has water, green coloring and soap bubbles.  It is fun to see the green water turn into white bubbles. I got the coloring from an old green marker that had dried out.

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The next is a glitter and sequin bottle.

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Then we have a magnet bottle with short pieces of pipe cleaner.

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The last one is a jelly fish bottle.  I had a hard time taking a picture of it. It is a small piece of plastic that is tied so that there is a small bubble on top and long tenticles.  When you turn the bottle over the jelly fish floats.

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I got the idea from this site. http://bhoomplay.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/diy_jellyfish_eng/