In the Science Lab – Exploring Structures With Little Kids

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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. 

We’re still movin’ & groovin’ with our Science Lab curriculum kit. And today, it was all about structures. Lots of fun!

There was definitely a lot of doing our own thing with today’s topic, though.

Actually, for the first time since we’ve started getting Mother Goose Time, we skipped the Banana and Stick Structures “tray play.” The Little Goose Teacher Guide wanted us to build structures with banana slices and pretzels. We used Play-Doh and straws instead.

preschool creating a structure with colored straws
E of course had a blast! Such an awesome introduction to engineering for the little guy. At first, he was just sticking the straws into the Play-Doh. After playing for a while, he realized that he could use the Play-Doh to connect the straws together. Way to go, little guy!

preschooler getting play dough from container
Isn’t it awesome to experiences all the aha moments that come with homeschooling? I love watching the little guy. He’s so curious and so creative.

preschooler pushing colored straw into play dough
Oh, and did I mention all the amazing memories we’re making with Mother Goose Time?

preschooler connecting two colored straws with play dough
The next thing on our agenda was the Strong Shapes Challenge. We made several shapes from paper and used them as the foundations of our structures. We made a circle, a square, and a triangle.

preschooler building with folded paper and wooden blocks
This activity was so interesting and definitely not something I would’ve thought of on my own.

wooden blocks on paper folded into shaped structures
Our last activity for today was Designing Structures. We used straws, pipe cleaners, yarn, and scissors as a sort of “invitation to create.”

preschooler pushing pipe cleaner into straw
There were pattern cards that came with our Mother Goose Time curriculum kit, but we didn’t end up using them. Instead I set up the materials and let the little guy do things his own way.

preschooler pulling pipe cleaner through straw
He cut the straws into lots of little pieces and pushed the pipe cleaners through them.

preschooler connecting cut up straws with pipe cleaner
Tried connecting two straws together.

preschooler cutting straw into pieces
He cut a few more pieces and then gathered up what was left. Why? I have no idea. Lol… Either way, he had lots of fun with this activity. And you know what? There’s still all kinds of awesome stuff to do this month.

preschooler holding handful of straws
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  1. I remember doing this too! Lol… Isn’t that crazy? 😉 Thanks so much for visiting and have an awesome week!

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