Tuesday, January 6, 2015

No Angry Way to say Bubbles


I am not a huge fan of blog posts that are merely lists of sites or a collage of pictures with no words. Generally I find there is less value in looking at someone else's pile of websites than going to look for the original blog post myself.

It was in the poking around...umm...I mean research in the blogging world that I came across one of the best quotes ever for preschoolers. Let's face it, preschoolers have a lot of new things coming at them from all directions and sometimes, they loose their cool.

This quote is for those moments.

Blowing bubbles is an excellent way to help your preschooler calm down. You have to breath deeply to blow bubbles and that alone can calm anyone down.

And then there is this quote. Great isn't it.


Go check out her blog here.  Maybe you will find inspiration too.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Messy Fingers 2015

Messy Fingers is going all out this winter and exploring new places.  But first, Messy Fingers will be home at the Millbury Public Library.

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Sign ups start Tuesday Jan 6 at the Millbury Public Library. Call if you are interested (508) 865-1181. There is a space limit of 12 parent child partners. Program dates are Jan 13, 20, 27 and Feb 3 from 10:30 to 11:30.


Stay tuned as we get messy, explore, make predictions, collect data, and analyze that data in exicting ways in new towns in the Blackstone Valley. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dirt!


Geologists  use core samples of rocks and sediment to give them information about the rocks below the surface. We made our own "core" sample by adding dirt to a clear pvc pipe, shaking it up, and letting it settle. The heavier dirt dropped to the bottom and the lightest dirt floated on the water. 


We examined our dirt closely and compared and contrasted different dirt samples. This is a fancy science way of saying how things are similar and how they are different.  We had some great descriptive words here: cool, soft, hard, shiny, sparkly, smooth, and rough.


We also made predictions about how much water different kinds of dirt could hold. Then we tested our predictions. 



Finally we painted with dirt. Artist in the past used rocks and dirt to make paints. Different kinds of dirt make for different colors. 

If you want more dirt activities, go here



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Going Batty!


We went Batty! today at the library and had lots of fun with bats. We learned a lot of facts and learned that we are a lot like bats. Thanks to Jodi at her blog for some of the bat facts we used. 

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Bats are a lot like people. Both have hair, come in lots of colors, and eat fish. Only bats can fly and hibernate, while only people eat mac -n- cheese!

For other great ideas about bats and a few more facts on bats in New England, check here and here.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fun Friday Fact

A long time ago, people thought pumpkins could cure freckles!  You mixed mashed pumpkin and honey and smeared it over your face.

I see no reason to get rid of freckles. Freckles are super adorable. But if you really don't like your freckles, smearing pumpkin all over your face can hid them, but then your face will be covered with pumpkin!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gliders Roundup


In a previous post, we explored gliders and paper airplanes. If you search for preschool gliders, well, you can see from the image above pretty much the only kid of glider you will discover so I am going to sift through the furniture ads and pictures of cute Australian sugar gliders to find some flying machines you and your preschooler can make.

Straw Gliders
This is a nice description of the gliders we make in Messy Fingers with a bit of good explanation at the end as to why this flies.

Essentially the two circles help to channel the air and create lift. What happens if the two circles are the same size? Does it matter which way you throw the glider - small circle or big circle first?


Egg Carton Glider
This is a really cool glider made from a foam egg carton. There is no explanation at that site as to how or why it flies the way it does. It is presented more as a craft project, but the template is great.

Is the penny necessary?  What would happen if you left it out or added two pennies?


Helicopters
This was a very colorful and detailed explanation of how to make these gliders.  Here is a better explanation of the science, but with only two colors.

Does the length of the wings matter to the helicopter?  If you made them shorter or longer what happens?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkins!


Pumpkins are such a great to enjoy science and fall at the same time. I found a great blog with some fun preschool pumpkin science ideas. Check it out here.

Now don't think for a single second that all those are actually science activities. Remember that when we are scientists we ask questions, make predictions, then we collect data, analyze the data, and then recheck our question.

Soo, when you see the erupting pumpkin recognize that it is a really fun activity but you will need  to help your child by making predictions and asking good questions. But it looks really cool!!

And before you start carving that scary jack-o-lantern, take a moment to make some predictions about what you think is inside it, how big it is, if it might float, how it smells, and if you are brave, how it tastes. Me, I think it tastes yucky. Yep, that is my science word - yucky.