April 8, 2020

Skittle project

Happy Wednesday, K friends!

How did those paper airplanes come out? We’ve had 2 beautiful days so I hope you were able to get out and fly ‘em. 

 

Today we’re gonna do a fun and easy experiment that only requires 3 thing and 2 of them can be found in pretty much every household:

 

1. A plate (that is slightly sloped in towards the middle)

 

2. Water (warm water tends to work best)

 

3. Skittles (or M&M’s could work)

 

How to do the experiment:

 

1. Place the Skittles or M&M’s in a circle around the outer part of the plate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Once you have completed the circle, add the water to the middle of the plate.  Make sure you add enough water to go right to the edge of the candy on both sides.

skittles rainbow science experiment

3. Wait about 30 seconds to see the colors begin to come out. The color will start dissolving away from the shell once you add in the water. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Then be completely amazed by the beautiful results.  At the end you can have the kids mix all the colors together using a toothpick or their finger.  You can also discuss how when you mix all the colors together it becomes a brownish color.  If you have enough Skittles or M&M’s to do this experiment more than once it may be cool to arrange the candy in different patterns or shapes or maybe only using certain colors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel free to send us pics of your results.  We’d love to see them!

Be safe, K friends!
- Alicia, Donna & Elena

April 5, 2020

Paper Airplanes

Hello Kindergartners!
We hope you were able to get outside and get some fresh air this weekend now that all of that rain has finally stopped!  
I remember weeks ago a few of you asked me if I knew how to make a paper airplane.  Well, I still don’t (lol!) but here’s a cool video to show you:
We’d love to see pictures of the airplanes you make or maybe while you’re flying them!
Stay safe, friends!
- Alicia, Donna & Elena

 


April 3, 2020

Fingerprint Alphabet

Happy Friday, Kindergartners!

We miss you guys very much and we hope you’re all staying well and safe!

For today’s activity we’re going to make a fingerprint alphabet. For this activity all you’ll need is paper, crayons/markers and if it’s available either an ink pad or some paint. If you don’t have a stamp pad or paint, markers or crayons will work.

There’s a fingerprint creation for every letter. All you have to do is dip your finger in paint or on an ink pad and press it down on the paper or trace it with a marker/crayon on the paper. Then, you can bring your character to life with some markers or crayons!

Below are some ideas for each letter but, of course, you can come up with your own as well! For example, for A you could do an ant or an alligator and for B you could do a butterfly or a balloon. Have fun with it guys! We know you’re all super creative!

- Alicia, Donna & Elena

April 1, 2020

Ring toss

Hello friends! 

How are those shell-less egg experiments going?! We can’t wait to hear all about them! 
Today we’re going to create and play our own version of the game ring toss! 
There are a few ways to make the rings depending on what you have readily available in your home so I will give a few options to hopefully accommodate everyone. 
 
If you have sturdy cardboard: cut circles from the cardboard and remove an inner circle to make a ring. Then, wrap masking tape or duck tape around the rings. This will help to strengthen and protect the rings. 
*The size of the ring will depend on the size of the target being used in the ring toss. 
*If you have access to different colors of tape you can make a set of rings for each player or share the rings. 
If you have white paper plates: cut the inner circle of the plate out so that it makes a ring. Since the plates are thin and lightweight, you may need to tape a few plates together so it will travel through the air. 
If you have A3 paper or newspaper: roll an A3 piece of paper or 3 layers of newspaper from one corner to the opposite corner to form a tube. Fasten the paper tube with masking tape to stop it from unraveling. Shape the tube into a circular shape and tape the ends together to make a ring. 
*If available wrap the rings with decorative tape or different colors of duck tape or masking tape. 
Once you have your rings figured out, the rest is easy!  All you’ll need is a chair turned upside down. The object of the game is someone, take a ring and try to loop it over the top of the chair legs. 
underarm throwing game for kids

 

Some ideas:

 

  • Stand closer to the target and as your child improves, take a step back to be further away.
  • For older children, you could provide a point system for each chair leg. For example, 10 points for the two top legs and 5 points for the two bottom legs.

 

We hope you enjoy this homemade ring toss! Stay safe, everyone! 

 

- Alicia, Donna & Elena

 


March 29, 2020

Egg Activity

Hello Kindergarten friends! 
We hope you are well and staying safe! We thought you might enjoy a fun science experiment to start the week! 
Supplies you will need:
• Glass jar with a lid
• White Vinegar
• Egg
What to do:
1.  Place the egg in the jar
It is preferred to use a wide-mouthed glass jar so that the egg can easily be placed in the jar without it breaking, plus also allowing for room for the egg to swell. 
2.  Add the vinegar
Take the vinegar and add it to the glass jar. Make sure you add enough vinegar so that it covers the entire egg and then add a little more vinegar so that the egg floats.  Initially, the egg will float and then eventually sink.  
3.  Observation!  
This is where the fun begins!  Almost immediately after adding the vinegar to the jar you will witness bubbles forming on the outer layer of the egg.  These bubbles are due to the release of carbon dioxide.  
4.  Close the jar and set it aside for no more than 7 days
During this time osmosis takes place causing the egg to swell and the eggshell begins to dissolve.  If the eggshell isn’t dissolved after a few days, no worries, that means your egg might need some more time or possibly some more vinegar.  
5.  It’s time to empty the vinegar from the jar and carefully remove the egg.  
Once you remove the egg you might notice a residue on the egg from the dissolved eggshell, if so, you can carefully rinse that off the egg.  The egg should feel rubbery and be transparent.  You might even be able to see the yolk!  The egg might even be a little bouncy but be careful, it can still make a mess.  
Where did the eggshell go?
The acetic acid in vinegar reacts with the eggshell which is calcium carbonate, therefore the vinegar is acidic and the eggshell is the base.  The reaction between acetic acid and calcium carbonate forms a compound that is soluble in water and known as calcium acetate. Carbon dioxide is released so the eggshell dissolves but the inner membrane remains unchanged giving the appearance of an exposed egg.  While the concept of acids and bases might be difficult for some of our Kindergarten friends to understand, they do understand the basic idea of chemical reactions which ultimately is what is occurring in this experiment. 
Why does the egg get bigger during this process?
The egg gets larger after being soaked in vinegar for a few days because of osmosis.  Osmosis causes some of the vinegar to move through, or permeate, the egg’s membrane, which causes the egg to become bigger.
We hope you enjoy this fun and EGGcellent science experiment!  
Be safe, friends!  We miss you!  
Alicia, Donna & Elena

March 26, 2020

Huckle Buckle Beanstalk

Hi Kindergartners! 

 

We miss you guys and hope you are staying safe! 

 

We thought you’d like to play a fun game called Huckle Buckle Beanstalk. All you need for this game is a small object like a bean bag, small ball or similarly sized item. 

 

How to Play:

• Have all players (except the hider) sit in their seats with their heads down and eyes covered while the hider hides the object. 

• Hide the object in plain sight. 

• When the hider says so, the other players may open their eyes and quietly walk around the room looking for the object with their hands behind their back. 

• When a player finds the object, he/she must sit back down and say “huckle buckle beanstalk!” without letting the other players know where the object is. 

• Continue playing until everyone has found the object.

 

Suggestions

• You may want to encourage players to continue looking for 5-10 more seconds after they’ve found the object so it’s harder for others to know where the object was found. 

• If players are having a hard time finding the object play hot and cold to help them. Saying things like “hot,” “hotter” and “boiling” as they get closer to the object and “cold,” “colder” and “ice cold” as the player gets further from the object.

 

Have fun playing! 

 

- Alicia, Donna & Elena


March 24, 2020

The 5 Senses

Hi Kindergartners!

Remember at the beginning of the year when we talked about the 5 senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste?!  

Well, your kindergarten teachers thought it would be fun to do a 5 Senses Scavenger Hunt!  

Here are the things we want you to try to find around your house or maybe outside:

- Something smooth
- Something rough
- Something that makes a noise
- Something round
- Something yellow
- Something that came from a plant
- Something soft/fuzzy
- Something that has a smell
- Something long
- Something you can eat
- Something red
- Something tiny

Good luck on your hunt!

- Alicia, Donna & Elena


March 23, 2020

Activity

Hi Kindergarten friends ~ 

 

We know that our kindergarten friends love 2 things.   1. Drawing and 2. Pokémon.    

Here’s a fun Pokémon craft we thought you’d like to do! We’d love to see what you make so feel free to send pics!

Have fun friends.     

Miss you.  

 

❤️

Alicia, Donna and Elena.