Take your sand castle moulds, fill it with baking soda, water, and Colorations Liquid Water Colors. You can add glitter for a sparkling element and creepy Halloween crawlers or wiggly eyes to excavate. Place in freezer over night. Place in a sensory bin. Provide pipettes, basters, or droppers where they will squirt water or vinegar to experiment how to break down the Haunted Mansion through science exploration.
As they squirt the components away they will experiencing seeing and creating a chemical reactions. This gives the opportunity to explore their environments as they learn about cause and effect, cycles of nature, the ability to make comparisons, chemical and physical reactions and exposure to the properties of matter.
Through these types of invitations children build a foundation for future scientific learning. As curiosity builds through science experiments, children learn to be patient with projects that take time and how to make decisions based on the data that they gather. Developing this ability to understand the likeness and differences between things builds a science base as well as a skill for future math and reading skills.