Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Animals in Winter

So right now in preschool we are learning about Animals in Winter.....I don't know why I always have so much fun with this theme!! Anyway, today for a science experiment, we discovered what it would feel like to be a Polar Bear swimming in the icy water (kind of). First, have each child put their bare hands in a bowl of freezing ice water. We like to count and see how long they can hold it in there (great counting practice). Every class I always get at least a couple of brave souls who leave their hand in there as long as they possibly can - I always stop them at 30!! Who knows how long they would actually leave it in there - crazy kids!!

Then, take a rubber glove and have one child make a fist and have them put there hand in the glove (obviously you aren't going to have them put their fingers in the finger places :). I like to wear a rubber glove also, basically for less clean up.

and cover that child's hand with shortening.

I just plop it on until the whole fist is covered....I use quite a bit. I take my glove off and then I cover the child's fat covered hand with plastic wrap (this is for easier clean up also).

Now just have the child put their hand in the icy water now.......the kids think it is the coolest thing that they now can't feel the icy cold water. I don't count this time because we would be there all day.....I just let them see how a Polar Bear (or a penguin or a seal or any other freezing Arctic animal) might feel. Once you are done with the first child, I carefully slip the fat covered glove off and have the next child slip in their fist. It works pretty smoothly.

You can do this as a large group, small group, or even work it in to your choice centers at the messy table or something for less down time for the kids. We did it as a group at the end of the day. How fun!! Now.....go experiment!!

16 comments:

Deborah (Teach Preschool) said...

That is such a cool learning activity! I am definitely going to have to share this blog post with my teachers!

Deborah (Teach Preschool) said...

Hi Chelsea - I really love your blog and had the opportunity to share it with others on my Excellence in Early Childhood blog. Please see the post titled "And the award goes to..." on the post I left today!

Anne said...

I can't wait to try this next week!

The girl who painted trees said...

This is a great blog:) Wow!
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Amber Meadows said...

How cool is that? My son Andrew was in preschool last year and loved it, but when we moved to Virginia this year we had to take him out. It's so expensive here!! Anyway, I'm excited to do things like this with him so he can still learn at home. Thanks!!

Ms. Katie said...

We are also doing Animals in Winter at my school. We are starting this week! I know the kids will LOVE the blubber activity. We turn two baggies into a blubber glove. Check out our blog at elcdolphincommunity.blogspot.com

melonbelly said...

Just stumpled across your blog! LOVIN' IT! :)

Zoe @ Playing by the book said...

I found this post via Itty Bitty Love, and think it is just great. Can't wait to try it with my girls!

Anonymous said...

Is this bad I want to do this mini experiment with my 4th graders who are learning about animal adaptation...I can make them come up with ways to protect the animal in cold areas and have them experiment for themselves

Ed-U-Smart said...

This is such a cool activity. I love it!!! I had to share it on my Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ed-U-Smart/369209026492471?ref=hl

I want to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

Bobbie - Clumsy Crafter said...

This is such a great activity. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I AM SO EXCITED TO FIND THIS AND I'M going to try it with my preschoolers this week:)

Becky said...

That is one pretty cool experiment! Thanks so much for posting. We will soooo be doing this. Now I just have to find some shortening :-)

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TravisAnn Sherman said...

Love this activity! I'll use it during my library storytime. Thanks so much! I've put a link on to your blog on my Squidoo Penguin Storytime page, hope that's OK

Heidi Raki said...

I love this! I am talking about insulators with my older students and I'm going to do this to connect back to natural insulators. Thanks!

Jon Windram said...

This is such an amazing activity! I'm on my first ever placement as a trainee teacher and I will definitely try this with my nursery/Reception children. You have saved the day. Thank you so much!