Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wacky Week Wednesday - National Chemistry Week - 10/19-25

Bubble, ooze, goo, gunk, slime, fizzle.... chemistry with young children should be fun, interesting, exploratory, and creative. Chemistry with young children should be hands-on exploration, a time to ask questions and answer questions, and gain an appreciation for science. Their studies with chemistry should be informal and full of opportunities.
Chemistry is a fun topic with young kids because they can be excellent observers. Everything you see and touch has the ability to change. Chemistry deals with that stuff around us, matter. Chemistry can be enjoyable to teach and learn; not all science students need suffer through memorization of the periodic table. Whew! At this age especially, the sky's the limit. We adults need to foster scientific curiosity in our kids and encourage them to continue to enjoy science.

Here are three excellent books:
These websites are from Sid the Science Kid from PBS Kids:

And you have to make slime this week:

2 tablespoons of white glue 2 tablespoons of water
1 drop of food coloring 1 tablespoon of borax
1 cup warm water plastic cups & spoons

Mix 1 tablespoon of borax with 1 cup warm water. Stir until it dissolves. Set this solution aside. Mix the glue and 2 tablespoons of water in the plastic cups. Stir them with a spoon until it is completely mixed. Now add one drop (just one drop!) of food coloring. Add 2 teaspoons of the borax solution to the glue solution and stir. Keep stirring, it should form a blob. If there is too much liquid in your glass then add a bit more borax solution and stir again.

Please check out my Chemistry Thematic Centers and Worksheets:

And my Chemistry Count & Clip Cards:

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