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Fizzing & Erupting Rainbows Two Ways

Since children are born with a sense of wonder & a passion to understand the world around them, they instinctively & constantly ask questions, observe, & try out solutions. Through these types of invitations children build a foundation for future scientific learning that can directly influence their interests later in life. Children are programmed from birth to be scientists & by tapping into their natural predispositions early on, we can nurture and establish a positive approach to science that will stay with them into the future and foster a lifelong lover of science or any subject for that matter.

Providing these opportunities supports the development of other skills & attributes such as: communication skills, collaborative skills, team working  perseverance, analytical, reasoning, problem-solving skills, expands their vocabulary, encourages them to extend & embed their learning through related literacy/numeracy, honor creativity, develops patience, turn taking/listening, organization, attention to detail, & so much more. These are all lifelong skills that will help them throughout the rest of their lives. 

Today we learned all about chemical reactions through the magic of Rainbows! As they experiment with the components the children experience seeing & creating a chemical reaction. This gives the opportunity to explore their environments as they learn about cause/effect, cycles of nature, the ability to make comparisons, chemical & physical reactions & exposure to the properties of matter.

1. Fizzing Frozen Rainbow: We set out a rainbow of frozen baking soda mixed with Colorations® liquid watercolors from Discount School Supply, twisty droppers, & vinegar. The children were invited to create a chemical reaction by squirting vinegar onto the rainbow cubes.

2. Erupting Rainbow:  We placed Colorations Liquid watercolors in each bowl then filled it up with vinegar. In the beakers we placed baking soda & spoons. The children were invited to create a chemical reaction by pouring the baking soda into the vinegar.


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