Hello Parents, Nannies, Grandfathers and Grandmothers!
This is the second round of “Science kids” in First 5 at Mercy street. This time in “Cannon Music” in Cupertino. Our team, myself, Iris and Sharmilla creating together your experiences in this program.
We started by exploring color mixing. This subject of mixing color is such an intuitive and lively way to introduce the structure and rituals of “Science kids”.
First we explored primary and secondary colors by playing The Cube Game of Mixing colors.
Here are some photos where the kids are hunting for colors and placing them on the Color Wheel.
On The Adventures of Chili and the mice.
The mice are trapped into a paint box and getting curious how to change their color to find a hiding place in the garden. The kids started thinking with the mice and from that we went on to the Exploration stations.
1. Creating a mouse after mixing two primary colored play-dough. This great fine motor activity shows how much effort we need to insert in creating a new color. First the new color appears on the area of contact between the two colors, and only after much kneading we can see a whole piece of new color.
2. The magic top. In this station we see another method of mixing – by movement. Two colors in proximity moving fast will appear as a new color. The adults among us also recognized that not every design provided the same effect of mixing. Try different designs at home and let me know what worked best.
3. Mixing paint in a ziplock. This station is a mess free lab of color mixing. Again the kids can appreciate the process of mixing as they insert effort in mixing all the content in the bag.
4. Stained glass art. Another mixing method is overlaying. Here, by overlaying two pieces of semi-transparent tissue paper, we can discover a new color. It works well when placing the creation in front of a light source. At home attach the creation to the window to appreciate the color mixing.
Here is part of the exhibition we had:
As real scientists always do, we document our experiences in a personal journal. I will write more in the future about the importance of Journaling.
Finally we met again Chili and the Mice to see how they resolve their adventure of mixing colors.
Next time it’s all about Space. Get ready to Blast-Off!