This morning the children were playing outdoors and few of our new Joey's were bit upset. I planned to set up a quiet and interesting activity. The Other day the possums were making tornado's using soap and water in a bottle. I borrowed three bottles of the soap and water from the Possums. I placed them on the outdoor stage in Joeys yard. The children came to the stage to have a try with the soap and water bottles to make a tornado. I showed them how to move the bottles with their hands. To move your hands fast in clockwise direction. The children were excited to have a turn. Hunter watched the tornado with excitement. Elya, Gabby, Abuk, Elijah, Jayden, Aarvi, Nevaeh and Lucas had a turn. They shook the bottle as they liked, they didn't get the tornado but they got bubbles at the top of the bottle. They got super excited. Pilar and Jenayah had turns together, they giggled all the time. Elliot was bit upset and Maryanne (educator) was helping him to settle down. Maryanne made a tornado using the soap and water bottle and we saw a smile on his face. The children had fun trying to make tornado using soap and water bottle.
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Outcomes: 4: Children are confident and involved learners Elements: 4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity. The children in this learning experience tried themselves to shake the soap and water bottle to make tornado inside the bottle. They were curious and confident leaners.
This learning experience can be linked to Piaget's theories. He believes that children need to be able to see, touch, taste, smell, move and hear the things they are learning about. This is called 'concrete learning.
Critical Reflection: I planned to organize this science experiment in a hope that children will be excited to try themselves by shaking the bottle. As I expected the children were interested to have a try. They were not able to get the output but still they got bubbles on the top of soap and water. I demonstrated and explained to children in a simple way so children were able to understand.
Follow Up: Continue organising more Science experiments. Links to STEAM - Science