- Cristi Wuenschel
Teaching Preschoolers About Volcanoes
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Volcano day was a blast! Pun intended.
We talked about volcanoes and created some really neat lava art, explored color mixing with red and yellow and even made our very own baking soda and vinegar chemical reaction while learning about the scientific method.
Volcanoes were definitely one of the most exciting topics we've learned about in a while. Did I mention that the preschoolers were ecstatic about our experiment for the day?
We go outside every morning (pending weather) and so I gathered all of our supplies to take out with us. I also gave each preschooler an observation sheet and we talked about the scientific method and what we thought would happen.
This particular volcano experiment was a lot different than most. We used a clear zip bag, added baking soda and vinegar the watched the bag expand as the chemical reaction took place.
When we were finished, we went inside and drew what we had observed.
After snack, it was time to work on our lava art. The children appreciated this unique twist on painting.
We mixed together red and yellow paint on a paper plate and then used rocks instead of paint brushes for a very different experience.
Some preschoolers chose to finger paint and other used the rocks. When it was all said and done, though, everyone had orange hands.
All in all, we had a great time learning about volcanoes!
Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to!