Stuck at home? We are working hard behind the scenes at Little Scientists to bring some fun little explorations to you! Feel free to share with your teacher, educator and crisis-schooling friends! And let us know if you have a particular exploration you want us to film!
Static electricity is a difficult topic and concept to explain to young children. So don’t! Ask them what they think is happening, listen and ask questions. Stand back and let them form their own ideas on how this exploration works. Let them experiment themselves and make up their own ideas. Let the wonder begin…
At Little Scientists, we love this activity. Science with a bit of spice! In this activity we want to find out, which spices helps melt the ice fastest! Let the children choose their own spices and let them explain why they choose their spice selection!
A treasure hunt is a great opportunity for everyday mathematical exploration. A good way to start this exploration is to investigate maps of familiar places. See if you can find maps online of familiar places such as the zoo, a local recreational area, a shopping centre. You can also look at road maps and public transport networks such as bus, train or tram routes.
You can see good results dyeing eggs with food colouring but to be honest, we used up all the food colouring in our house tie-dyeing t-shirts recently, so this year we had to improvise and try natural dyes instead. Luckily, our garden and the pantry provided some great options! But of course, it was not all smooth sailing so find out what we did!
What can be flushed down the toilet and why? With this activity, we would like to investigate with you the things that should and definitely shouldn’t be flushed. Think about the 3 P’s: paper, pee and poo, right? Well, yes. But it has to be the paper! Let’s investigate the different types of paper.
This is another great art and mathematics activity. Naming the shapes, talking about the angles formed and deciding where the tape should go. Try to discuss the different attributes of the shapes as you colour them in.
There is a world of sounds out there to discover. A nice way to start any of these experiments is to lie on the floor (or on the grass outside) with your children and just listen. What can you hear? Where do the noises come from? How does the noise travel to our ears? Which parts of our body do we use to hear noise? If we put our fingers in our ears does that stop the sound?
Maurits Cornelis (MC) Escher was an amazing Dutch graphic artist and mathematician who created some magical, mathematical artworks. We encourage you to research him a little more if you and your children are interested!…
When people think of mathematics they tend to think of numbers and numeracy but actually there are some wonderful mathematics activities for children that doesn’t involve ‘doing sums’. Spotting patterns is an important part of mathematical abstraction and the following activities are fun, and a wonderful artistic introduction to patterns…