Sunday, October 25, 2009

Science Sunday

I really have to sit down and figure out how to make a button. I'm thinking that might happen after Halloween. I still have to make Princess' costume, and a couple of other projects.

So, this past week we were studying "All About Us." I was all set to do a bunch of experiments about the five senses, when I discovered my kids had absolutely zero interest in this.

NONE. ZERO. ZILCH.

What did they want to learn about? Bones. More bones, what do bones do, why do we have bones, where are our bones, who else has bones..... And then more about this.

Luckily, some of the books I'd checked out from the library covered some of the stuff they were wanting to talk about. So, we read a few books, and then talked about our bones and how we're put together. Now comes the two fun parts.

First experiment, this is what made me decide no more senses.

Materials: blindfold, something that makes noise, we used a couple of pencils.

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1. Blindfold your child. This is what they really hated, I didn't think about how hard it would be for them to be blindfolded.

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2. Have another child make noise.

3. The blindfolded child then points to where the noise is coming from. Further variations are to have them cover one ear, and try to decide if it's easier to find where the noise is coming from with one ear or two (if they've done it right, it's easier with two, but kids aren't that good at covering their ears)*

*except when they don't want to hear something, then they're very very good.

This next one is a game I found.

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Skeletons in the Closet- This is set up for four players. There are several different levels, my kids just did the below easiest level of spinning the spinner and getting the pieces they needed to finish putting the skeleton together. (Sigh, my copy was much more expensive at the silly teacher supply store)

Truthfully, my kids are not ready for this game. They don't have the dexterity to put the skeleton together on their own, and they don't really have any clue how you're supposed to play it. That being said, they LOVED it. After they finished putting the skeletons together and learning that you have to play carefully with them. They had a lot of fun playing with the different pieces and moving their skeletons.

The actual experiment....... Yeah, you're probably going to be grossed out by this.

Those of you with a weak stomach stop reading now.....

Have I peaked your curiosity yet? I know as soon as I'm told to stop reading I keep reading.


We studied a whole chicken. I went to the store and got a whole chicken to cook for dinner, and thought this would make a great science experiment. Not a whole lot of pictures because I didn't want to get the chicken gunk all over my camera.

Oh, and for those who are worried about any germs or contanimation, after each step we used hand sanitizer.

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First we touched the skin, and talked about how our bodies are covered in skin, and how our skin protects us.

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Then we removed the skin and touched the muscles, and talked about how we use our muscles to move. (When I post what we read this week, I'll have some great books for this age range on this subject).


Finally, we felt the bones on the inside, and felt some of the bones on ourselves. If you're ridiculously skinny like my kids are, you can feel your rib bones.

And anyone who thinks I'm starving my kids didn't see how much Batman ate tonight..... He ate 3 helpings of steak, salad, and noodles. By the end he had eaten more than me.

I'm scared of my grocery bill when these kids become teenagers. I'm taking donations now.....

I can't wait to see what else people have done. Some of my upcoming themes are going to be harder to find definite hands on ways to cover science. So, I'm hoping to get more ideas.

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