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It's a Great Pumpkin!
Posted 11/08/2018 07:38AM

Toddlers mix Halloween fun with science

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop playing with pumpkins!

The Toddler class incorporated their fall harvest into science experiments last week, as they used the classroom pumpkin to explore and investigate with Miss Stephanie and Miss Katie.  First, the students learned about measurement, discussing circumference (how big their arms were when they hugged the pumpkin) and height (stacking Unifix cubes to see how tall the pumpkin was).  The class then voted on how to carve the pumpkin, with “happy, smiling face” being the winning design!  While the pumpkin was being carved, they discussed each shape, which fit in perfectly with their current unit of “Shapes, Shapes All Around Me.” 

Once the pumpkin was carved, the students were given a chance to be risk takers by reaching in and pulling out the gooey pulp.  They then learned how to describe the pumpkin’s characteristics by what they saw (outside is orange, inside is yellow); what they felt (it’s rough and hard on the outside, slimy on the inside); and what they smelled (“it smells weird!”).

Science experiments continued the next day.  Using food coloring, baking soda, and vinegar, Miss Stephanie created a jack-o-lantern volcano!  The students once more were prompted to explain what they saw, smelled and heard.  The pumpkin was still orange and yellow, and the food coloring mixed together blues and reds to create new colors (purple, brown and black!).  The vinegar smelled yucky, and the baking soda mixture fizzled like rain.

The Toddlers capped off their ooey-gooey science days with a lesson in glow-in-the-dark slime!

Here are our Toddlers and their Great Pumpkin experiments!

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