Hello Camp Parents,
First our housekeeping chores:
1)Please do not start the car line until someone comes out. Please let your drivers know they must wait in the line in the community parking lot. 2)Friday will be farm day. 3)There are pictures and videos of our camp days on our website: cpc-school.org
Thursday- Science day. Our day was filled with science experiments. What a great way to spend a rainy morning. Here is a summary of our day.
Snack: The 2’s, 3’s and 4’s watched as liquid (heavy cream) became a solid (whipped cream). The 2’s and 3’s then enjoyed fresh fruit with the whipped cream. The 4’s were creative with toothpicks and skewers to make a fun design. The kdg. created 3D shapes with their fruit – pyramids and cubes. Everyone enjoyed eating the fresh fruit.
2’s: The 2’s made paper mache’ volcanoes this week, which they used to replicate a volcanic eruption. The children loved watching the ‘lava’ ooze from the top of the cone. They then made their own playdough, mixing and kneading. The children had fun rolling, cutting and molding the playdough. Some groups also played with Magna-tiles and magnets.
3’s: the 3’s loved watching their raisins ‘dance’ when they dropped them into club soda. They were able to see that they needed patience and that experiments don’t always work the way you think they will. They also explored colors with baking soda and colored vinegar. They covered the bottom of a tray with baking soda and using an eyedropper or straw, they dropped colored vinegar drops into the tray, watching it fizz. One group asked to touch it, and the tactile experience was like wet sand, so they enjoyed playing as if they were at the beach (an unexpected result of their experiment).
4’s: The 4’s made ‘under the sea’ slime by mixing Borax, warm water, glue, glitter and food coloring. After mixing it, all the children kneaded, rolled, and squished to create the slime. They will enjoy playing with it again tomorrow. For the past two days they have been observing an egg that was placed in a jar of water, and an egg that was placed in a jar of vinegar. The shell on the vinegar egg dissolved, and the children were able to touch both eggs, describing the look and feel of each. Today the vinegar egg was placed in a cup of corn syrup. This draws the water out of the egg, revealing a better view of the yoke. Tomorrow they will continue this experiment.
The 4’s also made elephant toothpaste. In a small bottle they mixed peroxide, dish soap, food coloring and yeast. They watched it bubble up and out of the bottle. The last experiment was a lava lamp in a cup. The children poured colored water into their vegetable oil. They watched it separate into two layers. Then they added pieces of an Alka Seltzer tablet to the mixture and watched the water bubble up and down.
Kdg: The Kdg. started by reviewing what they learned this year about volcanoes. They watched a plastic volcano model ooze ‘lava’ and then later enjoyed making their own individual ones. They learned about surface tension as they used an eye dropper to place one drop at a time on a penny. They had to learn to use the eye dropper before they could conduct this experiment. Ask your child how many drops they were able to place on a penny before the surface tension broke.
The Kdg. also watched a chemical reaction when they placed an old, dirty penny in vinegar and watched it shine again. The Great Egg Toss was the favorite activity of the day. How can you pack a raw egg inside a box and have it survive a fall from a 2-story window? The children worked in teams of 2. This STEAM activity involved working cooperatively as a team. The children picked their packing material, packed the egg in a box, and taped it shut. They picked a ‘team name’ and each team had a chance to throw their box from the window. Ask your child what material they used, and if their egg survived the fall. What was done differently that made 1 egg survive, while all the rest broke?
Drop-in: The drop-in experimented to see what would sink and float? Legos, cars, etc. They made a sensory bag. Oil, water and food coloring was added to a Ziplock bag and the children enjoyed moving the mixture around with their fingers, held the bag to the light, and enjoyed the sensory experience.