Liquid or solid? Using cornstarch and water in preschool science experiments, kids will learn textures and scientific concepts. Check out the step-by-step instructions to this STEM Montessori-based activity.
For a long time, we have seen how teaching methodology at school does not change. Classes can be tedious and monotonous for children. That indisputably hinders and delays children's learning processes. Because of this problem, which is affecting learning in many children, active learning is born.
Let us remember that children learn better when interacting and feeling. That is, they learn concretely and not through abstract concepts.
To strengthen and develop children's learning, it is necessary to propose and encourage work through playful activities with material usage. In this way, children will learn concepts that are difficult for them to understand.
An excellent option to motivate active learning in children is through scientific experiments.
Science experiments have many benefits for children. Through this practice, they feel excited and ready to learn by exploring, discovering, and experimenting.
This is why Montessori's learning method recommends children perform manipulative activities. Through experimentation, they activate their senses, which allows them to acquire new knowledge and concepts concretely.
This means that children learn based on their own experiences. It is imperative to bear in mind that learning is built when we interact, explore, and feel our environment. However, parental supervision is essential to create a safe and risk-free space.
THEME: PRESCHOOL SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS
HOW DO WE DO THIS ACTIVITY?
Topic: Preschool Science Experiments
Age: 4-6-year-old children
Goal: Through this preschool science experiment activity, children will develop autonomy, independence, and will observe how to get different textures (liquid and solid)using the same experiment.
Difficulty level: Basic. This preschool science experiment activity is designed for children to carry out autonomously and independently by following instructions.
- Following instructions
- Active participation
- Accuracy in hands and fingers movements
- Texture identification
- Food coloring (red)
- A bowl
- A stirrer
Pour the cornstarch into the bowl.
Add the food coloring to the water.
Stir the water until it is thoroughly mixed.
Pour the water with the food coloring over the cornstarch and mix the ingredients using your hands.
Shape the cornstarch and observe what happens.
A preschool science experiment with pink cornstarch that creates liquid and solid texture
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HOW DO WE DO THIS PRESCHOOL SCIENCE EXPERIMENT ACTIVITY WITH CHILDREN OF OTHER AGES?
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN UNDER 4 YEARS OLD
This preschool science experiment activity can be carried out with younger children. Since it is a scientific experiment, it is unnecessary to change the materials.
Still, it is important that the containers adjust to the children's capacities and do not present any risk to them. Containers preferably made of plastic.
If they have some grip, it will improve precision in children's movements without neglecting children's importance throughout the process.
CHANGES FOR CHILDREN OLDER THAN 6
This preschool science experiment activity can be developed with older children. For this, it is unnecessary to change the materials because it is a scientific experiment.
However, during the process, you can deepen the reactions of the mixture and use more colors. In this way, children will do science activities according to their abilities and development.
VIDEO DESCRIPTION – PRESCHOOL SCIENCE EXPERIMENT WITH CORNSTARCH
This preschool science experiment video will find a detailed description of the "EXPERIMENT WITH CORNSTARCH" activity created for children 4-6 years old.
Here, children will experiment using different materials like cornstarch and water. This activity will allow children to develop focus, memory, following instructions, active participation, enthusiasm, autonomy, self-esteem, accuracy in hands and fingers movements, texture identification, self-confidence, and motivation skills.
Kids will observe how they can get different textures (liquid and solid) with the same experiment. Children will need water, cornstarch, food coloring, a stirrer, and a bowl.
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