Letter: V, v
Theme: Heavy vs. Light
-What is heavy? What is light? How do you know it’s heavy? How do you know it’s light?
I loved the answers in this discussion. They said things like, “It is heavy if your dad can lift it, but your mom can’t” and “Birds are light because they fly in the sky”
Science Experiment: Float/Sink
I prepared a bowl with 8 items for each kid and one large glass bowl filled with water. The kids were allowed to choose one object from the playroom that they wanted to sink. I also prepared a chart for each kid with “Sink” on one side and “Float” on the other. We took turns putting objects in the water. I had each kid predict first what he thought would happen. Then they put the oject on the correct side of the chart according to what it did in the water.
Science Experiment: Volcano
Of course we had to build a volcano!
Materials: plastic bottle, play dough, baking soda, vinegar, dish soap, warm water
1. Put the plastic bottle on a large jelly roll pan and mold the play dough around it so it looks like a mountain (I let the boys do that).
2. Fill the bottle with 4 Tablespoons baking soda, a couple drops of dish soap, and .5 cup warm water.
3. Pour in .5 cup vinegar.
4. Enjoy the red, hot lava!
Centers: Popsicle Stick Shape Puzzles
I printed out and laminated a set of shape puzzles for the boys to work on. They matched the popsicle sticks to the shapes. After they did all the puzzles, they worked on creating their own designs with the popsicle sticks.
Centers: Color Sorting
I gave each kid a worksheet with six big circles on it: pink, green, blue, yellow, orange, green. Their task was to sort a pile of 15 stickers into the correct area of the worksheet. Then we counted how many pink stickers they had, etc. Then we compared to the other kiddo’s worksheets with questions like: Who has the most yellow stickers? Who has fewer green stickers than so-and-so? etc.