As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all toddlers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.
We’re still working our way through our Science Lab curriculum kit. Mother Goose Time definitely went all out with this one. It’s seriously awesome!
Our lesson for today was all about reactions, which meant the little guy got the opportunity to experience some really cool stuff. We got creative with salt and watercolors and had lots of fun exploring the reaction between the two. We had a blast with the Firework Salt Painting, literally. Lol…
I gave the little guy a tray with a piece of white paper, a glass of water, a dish of salt, and some watercolors. I showed him how to dip his paintbrush in the water, swirl it around in the paint, and then sprinkle the salt over his design.
I’m willing to bet that this was so much fun to create. I seriously considered making a firework salt painting of my own.
Creating art is such an awesome way to learn about science. It’s hands-on and of course messy. Little kids love that.
As a homeschooling mama, I feel so very strongly about using a combination of methods to teach. And most of the time, bonus points for hitting every learning style in the process.
If you’re reading about what you’re learning and talking about what you’re learning… If you’re building things and making stuff, you’re stimulating little minds in multiple ways.
Mother Goose Time is amazing and that’s definitely one of the reasons why. Just in the last week, we’ve read about Chemistry, talked about it, made art with Chemistry, and of course did lots of experiments too.
What more could I seriously ask for?
We experimented with baking soda + vinegar, which was lots of fun. The Baking Soda Reactions activity was definitely the little guy’s favorite.
Watching baking soda + vinegar react really never gets old, even for me. Lol… The little guy kept saying “more bubbles.” At two, he obviously doesn’t understand what an acid-base reaction is, but… He still loved every minute of this activity.
I thought it’d be awesome to add a little color too. I used food coloring to make red, yellow, and blue, which of course mixed to create an entire rainbow of color. This is another activity that I’m sure we’ll be doing over and over again.
There are so many different ways to create this type of chemical reaction.
The next thing on our agenda for today was the Invisible Ink activity. The little guy definitely wasn’t all that into this and I’m not really sure why. Maybe, it was the activity itself or maybe it was just the day.
Hopefully, we’ll have the opportunity to try it again sometime. That’s one of the awesome things about homeschooling. We can switch things up, make last-minute changes, and of course focus on what he’s into.
He used a white crayon to doodle on a piece of white paper. And when the little guy was finished, he painted over his doodles with watercolor. It’s not really much different than the watercolor resist technique I’ve used for scrapbooking.
When you add watercolor, it resists the white crayon and your doodle shows through. I’ve actually done the exact same thing with clear embossing powder and watercolor. You learn something new every day.
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