Preschool Science: Oil & Water, Day 2

My son had so much fun with our oil and water activity that he recently came up to me with the bottle of baby oil in his hand and asked if we could do another project with it.  Always ready to think on my feet, I grabbed some food coloring and we put together this … Continue reading Preschool Science: Oil & Water, Day 2

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Preschool Science: Magic Milk

All of our preschool science projects lately have to have a color-mixing element.  My three-year-old is fascinated by this process and will plunge with delight into any project that involves food coloring.  Here is an absolute classic we enjoyed one recent Sunday afternoon: Magic Milk You will need: a shallow dish or bowl whole milk … Continue reading Preschool Science: Magic Milk

Preschool Science: Oil & Water

My preschooler goes bananas for any project that involves food coloring, so this week, we dyed some water and experimented with how it behaved in a bowl of baby oil.  You can use any type of oil for this, but we make homemade wipes, so we always have plenty of baby oil on hand! We … Continue reading Preschool Science: Oil & Water

Family Project: Puppet Show 

We have just returned from our annual week on Lake Huron with my family. Most families enjoy just hanging out on vacation, but we are not most families. For us, family time is project time. We paint and draw and quilt and crochet and dance and make pinatas and Chinese dragons and have masquerades and … Continue reading Family Project: Puppet Show 

Wikki Stix Letters

I'm always looking for new ways to get my preschooler interested in making letters, whether through drawing, painting, Play-Doh, chalk, or writing in the steam on the shower door.  Any way to get him making letters!  He recently hit 500 on his "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" reading log, and as a reward, our local library … Continue reading Wikki Stix Letters

Math Everywhere: Division

While preparing for our first family trip involving an airplane, we got to do a little hands-on math.  Our kids' pediatrician suggested we bring gummy bears along for the flight to help avoid painful ear pressure during take-offs and landings.  We bought a big bag and divided them up into four groups -- two for … Continue reading Math Everywhere: Division

Literacy Games: Bananagrams

We love the game Bananagrams, which is essentially Scrabble without a board.  We come up with lots of little activities to use the letters and work on our early literacy skills. The other day, we tried something new.  As we were reading a book, we picked out an important word or two from each page … Continue reading Literacy Games: Bananagrams

Preschool in the Kitchen: Hummus

My three-year-old loves to help out in the kitchen.  He's now at a point where if I get out my mini-chopper, he runs over and asks me what we're making.  This is an appliance that terrified him just a few short months ago, and now he pretty much considers it his chopper. One of our favorite … Continue reading Preschool in the Kitchen: Hummus

Preschool Science: Color-Mixing, Day 2

To reinforce the color-mixing ideas we'd talked about previously, we tried another experiment with food-coloring and water.  This demonstration relies on the tendency of liquids to reach equilibrium.  When we connect the jars, the water will flow until it has reached an equal level in all of the jars.  If we put food coloring in … Continue reading Preschool Science: Color-Mixing, Day 2

Preschool Science: Color Mixing Day 1

We have been talking about boiling, melting, freezing, and states of matter with our preschooler, so we tried this simple color-mixing activity. First, we made blue, red, and yellow ice cubes.  We needed five of each color for this activity, and we made them simply by putting one drop of food coloring in each section … Continue reading Preschool Science: Color Mixing Day 1