Friday, October 5, 2012

Spooktacular Smorgasboard of Simple Science & Sensory Ideas for Halloween

Halloween Simple Science and Sensory for Hands-on Learning


Why do kids love science? It makes learning come alive! It's all about discovery that makes science so appealing. Children love to participate in exploring and discovering using their senses and imagination making substances change form, color, shape, scent, and texture. Halloween is the perfect time to teach and discover with simple science activities. I never met a child yet who wasn’t fascinated to watch and participate in matter changing shapes, mixing colors, creating textures, and adding scents. This is the great time to erupt, fizz and manipulate all kinds of matter.



Young children are not ready for abstract thought but learn through action – by hands-on participation and asking questions and finding out answers. Children are naturally curious and love to experiment. It is important to focus activities on things they can see, hear, touch, taste and smell. With science and sensory activities, children learn by finding answers to their many questions including: Why, how, when, where and what happens? Science explains questions and can be easily connected to reading, writing and math activities. Providing opportunities for children to have questions answered helps them make connections in their minds about their experiences. Help them find their own answers by providing opportunities to explore and discover. Sensory bins are the beginning foundation of science exploration.


SPOOKY SIMPLE RECIPES:
Playdough:




     EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES:

     
    PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:

    OTHER:

    SENSORY PLAY FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN:
    Mommy with Selective Memory
    SCIENCE BOARDS

    Elephant Toothpaste by


    START WITH SIMPLE SCIENCE TOOLS:
    • Magnifying glass
    • Bug net and box
    • Magnets
    • Nature collections




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    23 comments:

    1. What a fantastic round-up of ideas and activities! Thank you so much for including us, and I'll be pinning this to my Halloween board :)

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      1. Sure thing Maryanne. I LOVE your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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    2. Wonderful round up! Thanks so much for including so many ideas from Growing A Jeweled Rose! :)

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      1. Thank you so much Crystal - so happy to share your wonderful posts.

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      1. Cassie - I added your Science Sensory Bin - great idea!

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    4. Hi Susan, Thanks for sharing our pumpkin guts! Kristi

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      1. Kristi - I'm glad to add your pumpkin guts! Fun post, for sure.

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    5. I just love your round up and how you've broken it up! Off to visit my faves and follow all those science pinterest boards. Thanks for including the spider obstacle course!

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      1. I LOVE your blog - so many great ways for kids to learn about animals.

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    6. What a great round-up of ideas and activities! Thank you so much for including my post here:)

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      1. Roopa - you have a wonderful blog. So much fun. Thank you for visiting!

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    7. I love this list, Susan!! It's so well organized and full of lots of smart ideas.

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      1. Thank you Rachelle - sure was glad to include some of your brilliant ideas. Love your blog. Very inspiring.

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    8. Thanks for including me, Susan. I can see traffic arriving to my 'Monsters' as a result of your including my article.

      YEAH TEAM!!

      Debbie Clement

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      1. You are so very welcome Debbie. I LOVE your blog! Amazing.

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    9. Oh this round up is fantastic. I love how you classified the different types of activities. Thank you for including a couple of our ideas. Thanks for linking up to The Sunday Showcase!

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      1. I'll be featuring this tomorrow. :)

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      2. Allison - Thank you very much! The Sunday Showcase is so much fun!

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    10. Love your blog and this excellent list. THANKS for so many creative ideas :o) Sharing this great resource in our resource guide and on our Pinterest boards

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      1. Lee - Thank you so much for sharing my post. My daughter has special needs and I am so thrilled to see your Pinterest board and resource guide. So glad you visited.

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