We have discussed what science means and how it is all around us. We have been wearing our lab coats and goggles which helped the children feel like real scientists. We have taken part in experiments, such as using butterfly pea flowers to colour the water and then the children added lemon juice and watched what happened. The lemon juice changed the colour of the water to a beautiful purple. The children made different shades of blue and added different amounts of lemon juice to see how the colours changed as a resukt.
Our favourite activity has been dropping mints into bottles of fizzy pop. We tried with both cola and lemonade. The mints were quickly dropped into the bottle of pop and this made the liquid erupt out of the bottle and shoot up to quite a height. The children squealed with delight and we did lots of tests to see which makes the highest eruption, the cola or the lemonade and how many mints made the best fizz? The children really thought hard about this and watched carefully. The lemonade seemed to work the best and the most mints we used was five.
Over the week we have been making shaving foam clouds and lava lamps using cooking oil, water, food colouring and alka seltzers (with adult supervision and guidance). We have really enjoyed learning about science this week and will continue to learn more about science and scientists to develop the children’s interests and knowledge further.