Science Learning Tray

Science Learning Tray Exploring Bir Carbonate Soda and Vinegar with colour
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This Learning Tray Activity is a bit of science fun exploring Bi-Carbonate Soda (baking soda) and Coloured Vinegar. 
The reaction between these two properties is always exciting to watch and kids will have fun adding different coloured vinegar to the experiment.  It is a great way to encourage scientific thinking and skills.
 
What you will need?
Bi-Carbonate Soda and Vinegar Experiment
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You will need a dropper, white vinegar, bi-carbonate soda, food colouring, containers to hold the different coloured vinegar and a tray. 
 
Let’s Play
Science Experiements Ideas for toddlers and kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some Ideas:
  • Mix different colours together to make new colours.
  • Touch and feel the mixture, is it soft or is it hard?
  • Talk about what it looks like, sounds like and smells like.
  • Use describing words such as fizzing, erupting like a volcano and bubbling.
Let’s Learn
Science Ideas for Kids using bi-carbonate soda and vinegar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Language development: Using descriptive words to express ideas and opinions.
  • Make connections with real life experiences.
  • Promote scientific thinking: predictions, observations, comparison, reasoning, data gathering, experimentation and evaluation
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
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Absorption and Dissolving Science Activity

Absorption and Dissolving with Sugar Cubes - super simple science experiment for kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sugars Cubes are great for exploring science concepts Absorption and Dissolving using coloured water. Children will have fun playing and experimenting with the coloured water and the effects this has on sugar cubes.
This is a super simple science experiment for kids that is easy to set up and requires easy accessible items.
 
What you will need?
Simple Abosrption Science Experiment for Kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You will need sugar cubes, food colouring, water and a shallow plate.
For this activity, I provided the plate with a small amount of coloured water and a large handful of sugars cubes for my children to explore and experiment freely. 
 
Please note: you do not need a lot of water and food colouring for this activity, just a thin layer on the plate will be enough for absorption to happen. Too much liquid on the plate causes the sugar cubes to dissolve much quicker. Experiment with your child the amount of water that best suits the type of sugar cubes you are using for this science activity.
 
Let’s Play
Sugars Cubes and abosrption
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some Ideas:
  • Discuss with your child how the water is absorbed by the sugar cubes as you can see by the colour rising up through the cubes.
  • Talk about why the sugar cubes start to crumble and dissolve.
  • Build and stack with the sugar cubes. How many sugar cubes high will the coloured water absorb through?
  • Make a bridge: does this affect absorption?
  • Explore what happens when you mix different coloured water.
  • Dip one end of a sugar cube into one colour and dip the other end in a different colour. What happens?
Let’s Learn
Simple and easy to do science activities for kids
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Language development: Using descriptive words to express ideas and opinions.
  • Make connections with real life experiences.
  • Promote scientific thinking: predictions, observations, comparison, reasoning, data gathering, experimentation and evaluation
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
Related Posts: Absorption- Rainbow Roses
 
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Science Activities for toddlers, kids and preschoolers

Floating and Sinking Science Activity

 Floating and sinking science activity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Floating and sinking is a fun science concept for children to explore.  Setting up a Floating and Sinking Learning Tray will invite them to play, experiment and explore how and why different objects float and sink when placed into water.
 
What you will need?
Learning Tray Floating and Sinking Sort
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To set up this learning tray, you will need a large container filled with water, 2 containers to sort floating and sinking objects and a range of floating and sinking objects. 
The objects we included for this science activity was: a large rock, bottle top, wodden peg, pop stick, feather, coin, key, gem stone, button, shell and a leaf. 
You can download and print the labels here: Floating and Sinking Labels Printable
 
Let’s Play
Floating and sinking sort
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some ideas:
  • Place one item into the water at a time.  Does it float or sink?  Place the object into the corresponding labelled container.
  • Talk about why some objects sank and others didn’t.
  • Discuss the weight, size and material the object is made of and how this influences the floating ability.
  • Talk about why there were bubbles when some objects sank.
  • Read books about floating and sinking.
  • Bottles tops are great for floating when turned over both ways.  Can a bottle top hold a small stone and still float?
  • Search around the house for more objects to test if they can float and sink.
Let’s Learn
Why things float and some sink
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After experimenting with the different objects floating and sinking, allow some time for your child to play freely with the water, containers and objects.  Add other toys such as cars and characters to the play opportunity.  Kids absolutely love to play with water!
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Language development: Using descriptive words to express ideas and opinions.
  • Make connections with real life experiences.
  • Promote scientific thinking: predictions, observations, comparison, reasoning, data gathering, experimentation and evaluation
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
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Science Activities for toddlers, kids and preschoolers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Water Beads and Ice Activities

Water Bead Activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Water Beads and Ice is an open-ended and hands-on sensory play opportunity.  They are so much fun as they are about the size of a small marble and have a small bounce to them if they are dropped on the floor.  They are soft, squishy and smooth to touch, not slimy at all.
Water beads promote learning and development in areas such as fine motor, coordination, exploration, colours, sensory, and creativity.  Water beads also introduce children to scientific and mathematical concepts such as absorption.  It also promotes scientific thinking skills such as predicting, observations, reasoning and so much more! 
 
What you will need?
What are water beads
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For this play opportunity I set up a small tub filled with ice cubes and water beads.  I was lucky enough to purchase our water beads cheaply at our local craft store but I have also seen them sold on E-bay and in florists.  When purchasing water beads they come in very tiny ball shapes and are hard.  Once you add them to water they become soft, squishy and increase in size.
I later added scoops (measuring cups) to the tub. I originally did not introduce the scoops until a little later as I wanted to my kids to explore first with their hands without any props.  When they were commenting that it was so cold and were starting to rub their hands together, that’s when I introduced the scoops.  This took the play journey to another level and also relief for their hands from the cold ice.
 
Let’s Play
let's play - water beads and ice
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My children spent long periods of time using their hands to search for the beads in the water and ice.  They would gather them up with the ice and tried to melt the ice by rubbing it in their hands.  As the ice melted, there was more water to play with and different size and shape ice cubes.  They loved to collect them up and sort them into colours,  scoop them, pour them, feel them, and gather them in cups.
 
Let’s Learn
Let's learn- water beads and ice
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learning Opportunities
  • Creativity
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Cause and Effect
  • Concentration
  • Spatial awareness – experimenting with shape and space
  • Language development – shape names
  • Mathematics – capacity, measurement
  • Scientific concepts and skills
Find more activities & other ideas : CLICK ON THE IMAGES
Ideas for using ice for sensory play and science
 
Orange Water Beads 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ice Boats
Orange Water Beads
 
*Please note that even though water beads are non-toxic, they should not be consumed.  As with all activities, children must be supervised at all times. Read more*
 
Learning 4 kids

Absorption Activity – Rainbow Roses

Absorption Activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Placing white roses into coloured water is a great science activity to demonstrate absorption.  Children will be amazed and excited to see the changes developing in the petals of the flowers.  It is a great learning opportunity to explore the concept of absorption, promote scientific thinking skills such as predicting, observations, reasoning and so much more!
 
What you will need? 
How to set up an abosrption activity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You will need white roses (you can use other flowers such as carnations or celery which works really well), food colouring, water and glass jars.  Our gorgeous neighbours have the most beautiful white roses and we have always admired them.  We were lucky enough to cut a few for our experience……thank you Erin and Brendan!
Let’s Play
Absorption Activities 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We observed our roses over a few days and watched as the changes took place.  The longer the roses were in the coloured water the darker the rose petals became.  Miss 7, Miss 6 and Miss 3 had so much fun touching, looking, smelling and arranging the flower jars to create a bouquet of rainbow roses.   It is AMAZING to see the effects of the coloured water as it is absorbed through the petals of the roses, it leaves behind vein like markings of colour on the petals as the coloured water moves through the capillaries of the petals.  There are some close up photos of the coloured veins below.
 Let’s Learn
Absorption with Celery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Celery has always been well known to be a great object to demonstrate absorption.  We thought we might try something different and place 1 stick of celery cut almost all the way down the middle and place the separated ends into coloured water.  We discovered that the red and blue food colouring was best for creating the darkest petals in the white roses, so we chose these 2 colours for this experiment.
 
Interesting facts about absorption:
  • Absorbency is the capability of a material to take in water or any other liquid.
  • Florists often inject coloured dyes into the soil to create more richer colours in their flowers.
  • Roots absorb water from the soil and the water travels up the capillaries in the stems to all parts of the plants.
  • The capillaries in celery help it to quickly absorb water.
 Absorption with roses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Learning Opportunities
  • Using descriptive words to express ideas and opinions.
  • Make connections with real life experiences.
  • Promote scientific thinking – predictions, observations, comparison, reasoning, data gathering, experimentation and evaluation
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