Happy Friday! Our 4 day week may have cruised by, but that's because we had our wheels spinning and engines revving! Transportation is a huge part of your preschoolers day to day, which helped to develop meaningful learning experiences all the while having tons of fun. It also helped us make connections from previous themes such as our community and community helpers. I would say this mini unit was out of this world!
We've been using our geographical location and comparing it with other places near and far around the world to discuss what mode of transportation is appropriate. I absolutely loved hearing about the not-so-common methods such as rockets, hot air balloons, and submarines!
We've learned a lot of travel destinations require flights. Especially since we just had a few Ladybugs get back from Mexico, Germany, and California! Since we have a fascination with airplanes, why not combine that with dramatic play and set up our own airport? Thank you for flying Ladybug Airlines!
Check out some of our other activities from the week. Whether it's geometric shape mats, toy car match ups, a game of BINGO, or an impropmtu treasure hunt, we are always ready for the green light!
Transportation is an awesome opportunity to introduce science concepts. Physics aside, we thought it would be fun to investigate the motion of transportative objects. This fueled our science experiment "will it roll?" in which the children used a slew of items to determine factors that help it roll down the ramp. This hands on activity had the children hypothesizing, predicting, and coming to their own conclusions about which objects would demonstrate the rolling motion. Check out our results below!
On the other side of the pond- I mean sensory table- we wanted to see what would float our boat. Well, when you have a boat shortage, you make your own! This headlined our other experiment for "what do you think, will it float or sink?" The children were splashing about trying to find items that could successfully act as a boat to transport their mini animals and dinosaurs. To our surprise, a lot of objects in our preschool classroom float! We tried to find commonalities between the things that float and those that sank. One ladybug told us that cups and bowls were a great method of transportation!
Farmer Fred had us dreaming of a tropical climate when he brought in some bright limes for squeezing! The tangy citrus smell had us transported to a beach in Mexico. Please enjoy your handmade lime vinaigrette dressing as we have firsthand witnessed that (some) of your children won't! Taste aside, we had a blast squeezing, rolling, and squirting fresh lime juice everywhere!
Good til the last drop! We will see you next week to finally embark on our destination vacation!