Thanksgiving has passed. It is officially the Christmas Season! Of course, schools still need to get some work done before they break for the holiday. And, once those kids are home for the holidays, we parents will need a way to keep them busy while we finish up a few last projects. Would you like a set of activities that uses easy to find materials, and that will hold your children's attention? Then I know where to find what you are looking for!
Karla Jansen of Preschool Powol Packets offered her new e-book 25 Christmas Science Projects for Kids for free a couple of weeks ago, and I took the opportunity to grab a copy. (I am not getting paid for this review.) My four-year-old and I took time to look through it together. I noticed that the supplies where mostly things that I have in the pantry, or that I will be picking up anyway as I shop for the holidays. I love simple! My daughter noticed that the activities looked "interesting". In fact, she insisted that we do one immediately.
After her recent experience with heavy things floating, it is not much of a surprise that she wanted to test which fruits would float.
I put some water in the bowl, and she grabbed all the fruit she could find from the refrigerator. We started with just a couple of pieces, and added more.
One of the interesting things we noticed is that the fruit that floated did not float on top of the water. Different pieces of fruit sank to varying degrees.
Notice that the raisins sank all the way to the bottom? The Pony Artist and I thought that was very interesting. When we were finished adding fruit, she played with it for quite a while, pushing the fruit further under and watching the water push it back to the surface.
We definitely recommend this book. In addition to being simple to prepare and fun to do, these activities provide a fantastic way to engage your children in real science exploration. At a price of only $2.99, it is a great deal! If you are looking for some hands on learning opportunities or just some quick ideas for keeping your kids happily busy during the holidays, you should check out 25 Christmas Science Projects for Kids.
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