Make science fun and exciting for kids by doing a simple yet awesome STEM home activity. Check out the Chinese lava, a preschool science experiment for kids.
Many people think that children are capable of building and learning the necessary skills by themselves. There are some things we are all born with and others we must develop after being born. If these skills are not considered and taught correctly, children may possibly grow up without the skills they need later on in life. That is why the Montessori learning method is based mainly on free, autonomous, and independent learning. With the help of adults to guide them, children become the central character in their learning process.
Children unconsciously perceive all the stimuli that the environment offers to them. It is here where the adult plays a vital role since he/she must facilitate an adequate interaction of children with the environment.
They can have everything children need available for their proper development, strengthening, and acquisition of new knowledge. Having this in mind, the adult is the one who provides the materials and facilitates each of the stimuli. Still, above all, he/she is the one who helps organize the child’s thinking.
With their absorbing mind, as María Montessori named it, they perceive all the information, but in a disorderly way. It is in this process that the adult must support them.
Considering these basic principles, many activities can be carried out with children. These activities promote autonomy and independence, motivate creativity, and desire to know more, strengthen understanding and observation, and appropriately. All of this can be performed through the application of scientific experiments with children like in this preschool science experiment.
THEME: PRESCHOOL SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
HOW DO WE DO THIS ACTIVITY?
Topic: Scientific experiments
Age: 4-6-year-old children
Goal: Through this preschool science experiment activity, children will strengthen their ability to observe and explore their environment and they will develop their scientific thinking.
Difficulty level: Advanced. This preschool science experiment activity is designed for boys and girls to carry out autonomously by following instructions in an adult’s surveillance.
- Following instructions
- Eye-Hand coordination
- Scientific thinking
- Food coloring
- Effervescent tablets
- Food oil
- Glass container (jar)
Pour the water into the glass bottle.
Add the food coloring and mix.
Add oil to the mixture.
Finally, insert the two effervescent tablets and observe the result. (Adult supervision)
Preschool science experiment: Lava using different materials
FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEETS FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Click the link below to download and print the Chinese lava preschool science experiment worksheets for kids.
HOW DO WE DO THIS ACTIVITY WITH CHILDREN OF DIFFERENT AGES?
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN UNDER 4 YEARS OLD
This preschool science experiment activity can be done with younger children. To reduce this activity’s difficulty level, you can a funnel can be included in the materials. That will make it easier for children to add each of the materials to the container without spilling them. However, the adult can help in this process if children are not yet old enough to have mastered this skill. In this way, a science activity will be carried out according to the development and abilities of children.(ADULT SUPERVISION AND HELP)
MODIFICATIONS FOR CHILDREN OVER 6 YEARS OLD
This preschool science experiment activity can be developed with older children. To increase this activity’s difficulty level and make it more interesting, you can use an LED lamp. Turn off all the house lights and place the lamp under the experiment, and it becomes a lava lamp. In this way, a kid activity will be carried out according to the development and abilities of children.
VIDEO DESCRIPTION – CHINESE LAVA PRESCHOOL SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
In this preschool science experiment video, you will find the step by step of activity “CHINESE LAVA,” designed for 4-6-year-old children. They will experiment by creating a volcano or a lava lamp. This science activity will allow children to develop different skills such as creativity, curiosity, autonomy, self-reliance, following instructions, Eye-Hand coordination, analysis and scientific thinking. The materials are food coloring, effervescent tablets, food oil, water, a glass container like a jar.(ADULT SUPERVISION)
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