Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Toy Designers

Over the last few weeks we have been looking at toys from the past and present. We have looked at how people have tried to improve and change toy designs. Today we become toy designers and worked with partners to design our own games and toys. We had to think of how the game would be played and what the rules would be.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Making our own spinning tops

Last week in Room 1 and Room 1 Extension we made our own spinning tops with toothpicks and bottle tops. This was a great activity following our Pataka visit where we had an opportunity to play with wooden spinning tops from the past.

First, we used a hammer and nail to make a hole in the bottle top.

After we made the hole, we stuck a toothpick through.

Next, we used match sticks to carefully decorate our spinning tops with paint.

Visit to Brian Webb Kindy

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Dry Ice Experiment

Friday was our dry ice experiment day. We placed a piece of dry ice in a bowl of warm water and it made a cloud of water vapour fog.  It looked like smoke.
We placed a piece of dry ice into a metal bowl and put a spoon onto the ice. Immediately the ice began to scream.

Dry ice is not frozen water, it is frozen carbon dioxide. We put some dry ice into a glove and watched as the carbon dioxide sublimated and blew up the glove.

We tried putting dish washing liquid in with the dry ice and made bubbles filled with carbon dioxide.

We used the carbon dioxide gas to blow the candle out.

We blew big bubbles filled with vapour...

... and tried to get them to sit on the carpet.

Science Week

Science week was a blast!

We had the opportunity to try many different experiments over the week including this milk mosaic experiment.

We watched how the dish washing liquid reacted with the milk.

Next we recreated a rain cloud using foam and water in a container.

We discussed the rain cycle and looked at how water collects in clouds until it's too heavy and then releases the water as rain.

Food colouring represented the rain fall. 

We've talked about tools of the past, so decided to give making butter a go... old school style.

This is our final creation: wonderful, delicious butter!

It was superb.