Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam
Invitation to Create Bone Soup
There are so many wondrous takes on creating potions during this time of year. After reading the story Bone Soup which about a skeleton named Finning who hopes to stir up a cauldron’s worth of Halloween magic for a feast. Setting up a hands on invitation to create bone soup is a great way to extend the literacy experience.
To set this invitation up in a sensory bin, water table, or tuff tray with a cauldron + ladle of slime and/or water, spooky critters, bones, eyeballs, and more halloween fun to ignite creativity and a child's imagination through play for making Bone Soup.
Invitations where children are exploring sensory materials such as water and slime will enable the children to experiment with science and math concepts. Children begin to understand and investigate with ideas such as more/less, same/different, many/few, empty/full, before/after, greater than/less than. They also learn physics principles such as the effects of force (increasing the water flow through increased force); effects of gravity (water runs downhill) etc. Children also gain physical learning through water play, such as precision in pouring, eye-hand coordination, and other skills. Exploring with sensory materials is captivating, engaging, engrossing and absorbing to almost all children.
When children are freely given the opportunity to experiment cause and effect with materials, they use and discover so much language, figure out why things happen, and cultivate critical thinkers that can problem solve. Science experiments tap into the "whys" of the life which supports their natural curiosities as they discover the world around them. Science in the early years is all about exploring, asking questions, and curiosity. So let them experiment, explore and create bone soup!