This was a very relaxed week because we were out of town. I really wanted the boys to capture one main idea: the scientific method.
Scientists observe, question, form hypotheses and conduct experiments to learn about the world around them. I made a point to ask the boys to guess what would happen before we did a little experiment and we carefully observed things on a nature walk. It was a fun, super chill week!
Super Smart Summer... "Little Scientists" Week
-Make rock candy (this takes a few weeks to "grow")
-Leaf rubbings to learn about collecting data
-Hand washing experiment- I asked the boys if they thought their hands were clean then had them rub their hands on a piece of bread. We put a few drops of water on the bread and put it in a ziplock bag. I kept the bread in a warm place away from them for a little while and we watched as the mold grew! It was a great teachable activity... you only thought your hands were clean!
-Create a pretend science lab- I collected a bunch of syringes (you can ask for these at your pharmacy) and small containers (old contact cases, medicine cups, etc) and created a pretend science lab for the boys. It was fun to expose them to real lab paraphernalia. I encouraged them to make "science experiments" by crushing up leaves and mixing it with water or flower petals. They loved measuring lake water for a little while, then we ended up getting in a water fight!
Here are my two sillies wearing their most serious scientist faces!Living Creatively has a beautiful post about ten ways to vary your nature journal. I would love to dive in to this more with the kids.)
You can find links to more ideas and coloring pages on my "Smart Summer" Pinterest board.