What Are Things Made Of? (which isn't really about recycling, but is semi-related. This is a bit advanced for his age, but for some reason he has always liked having it read to him anyway). I considered doing a decomposition lesson by putting stuff outside, but got lazy.
The next day, we made orange juice together, which I tried to make into a sort of science (agricultural) lesson. I gave him a handout that explained:
Where does orange juice come from?
To make orange juice, people pick the oranges, and squeeze them to get all of the juice out. Let’s make orange juice together!
He enjoyed the process, but not the pulp in the finished product.
We finished off the week with a fun experiment from Bite-Sized Science: Activities for Children in 15 Minutes or Less. I was excited to find this book at the library, and many of the ideas are toddler-friendly. Honestly, I wouldn't have thought of many of them as "science," but I know I need to broaden my thinking when it comes to science for a toddler.
The activity we chose from the book was to make a homemade magnifying glass by filling a ziploc baggie full of water. We did explain to him very simply why it worked (water bending the light), but he didn't really understand or remember that. Which is fine. He's only 2, afterall!
|The mismatched pajamas add to his "crazy scientist" persona.|
Next week we are going to try to be a bit more focused, so I let the Bibliophile choose a focus animal. He chose giraffes. And I'm contemplating some fun science activities in connection with our geography study of Iceland (volcanoes, glaciers, geysers - the possibilities are endless).
I am linking this post up with Science Sunday.
Comment: What are your favorite science activities for very young ones?
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