In The Science Lab – Exploring States of Matter With Little Kids

collage of states of matter activities with text overlay: In the Science Lab with Little Kids States of MatterThis post may contain affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if an item is purchased through one of these links.  For more information, see my disclosures here.

A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers 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. 

This month’s preschool curriculum kit is beyond amazing! We’re having so much fun with it. Our lesson for today was all about the states of matter and I assure you that listening to my two year old say “solids,” “liquids,” and “gasses” makes this mama beyond proud.

I know that he doesn’t completely understand yet, but he’s gets so excited about “Goose Time.” Lol… And that, my friends, is exactly why I love this curriculum so much.

We started our afternoon with the Liquid Solid Blob activity and I totally would’ve never thought to do this on my own. We used liquid glue to make a blob on wax paper. We also added sequins, which are of course a solid.

toddler making glue blob while learning about states of matter
I could totally see us doing these activities with the little guy again in a few years. Just like the other Mother Goose Time themes, this one can definitely grow with your little kids. If he’s lovin’ it now, can you imagine what he’ll think when he’s a little older and we can get a lot more in depth with each of the daily topics?

Having the opportunity to watch my toddler enjoying the things that we’re doing each day is awesome. And as a mama, I can’t even begin to explain the joy in my heart when I see him so content. It’s the little things, y’all!

toddler putting sequins on glue blob
It never ceases to amaze me just how much the little guy is capable of doing without my help. As we work through the lessons each day, I sometimes wonder if he’s going to be able to figure certain things out. And more often than not, he totally surprises me.

toddler looking at sequin on finger
The only thing that I actually helped him with was using the yarn to make a hanger. He managed everything else on his own. Need I state the obvious? The little guy is growing up. It’s bittersweet, isn’t it?

It’s so crazy to think about how quickly time passes. It seems like just yesterday that he was an itty-bitty baby. Not so much these days.

toddler with glue and sequin on palm of hand
Lots of sequins later, we had ourselves a blob. I’m interested in seeing what it looks like when it dries.

solid liquid gas activity with beads
The next thing on our agenda was Molecule Discovery. I explained that the molecules in solids are the closest together and that gasses are the opposite… They’re the farthest apart.

toddler putting beads on activity sheet
I worked on this with the little guy for a while and then I let him do his own thing. He was more interested in just playing with the beads anyhow. You know what, though?

toddler putting beads on solid liquid gas activity sheet
There’s nothing wrong with that and it’s awesome for fine motor skills. He seriously loves these beads. I’m talking to the point of buying more of them… Lots more.

We went to Dollar Tree not too long ago and somehow ended up coming home with a pack of 400. Oh, and did I mention that he asks for them just about every day?

beads depicting molecules on solid liquid gas activity sheet
If you have a toddler who still put things into his/her mouth, I definitely wouldn’t give them small beads. Substitute a larger manipulative instead. Actually, I think it’d be awesome to recreate this activity on a large sheet of poster board.

toddler exploring ice and water with eyedropper
The “tray play” for today from the Little Goose Teacher Guide was Squirt the Ice. I filled one dish with crushed ice and another with warm water. The little guy explored the two. First, with an eye dropper and then with his hands.

toddler exploring ice with hand
He was having so much fun watching the ice melt as he squirted water on it.

toddler using eyedropper to move water between two containers
Eventually, he was left with just two dishes of water. Such a shame, right? He was definitely disappointed. Lol…

I love so many of the Mother Goose Time activities simply because they make learning fun. What little kid doesn’t want to explore the difference between solids and liquids with glue and sequins? It’s a little bit of art and a lot of science all rolled into one.

toddler exploring ice and water with eyedropper
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