Discovering Light

This week we learned about physics. We discovered light and things that make light. The first thing we talked about are the colors we see in a rainbow. We talked about the order of colors in the rainbow and played a game to identify the colors. Mother Goose Time sent Link Strips (math manipulatives) in their box this month. We used them to play a game. First we found the color red. We sang a song as we skipped around the color red. Then, we found orange and so on until all the colors of the rainbow were found. After we found all the colors, we created something with the links. We had a lot of fun playing with them and getting creative with them.

We continued talking about rainbows as we did our next activity. We found crayons that were the colors of the rainbow. Then, we took turns picking links out of the bag. Whatever color was picked was the color we colored in on the rainbow page. We had to make sure we were coloring the right part of the rainbow by looking at the coloring guide at the bottom of the page. To make this easier for my girls, I had them line up the crayons in the right order at the bottom of the page so they could easily see which color went with which number.

Next, we talked about which objects let light go through and which don’t. We explored shining objects on different items around the room. Then we made a color paddle with red cellophane. My girls drew a picture with red marker first, then used more colors to enhance the picture. I think they both drew rainbows because we were on the topic of rainbows for the previous two activities. We used the color paddle to see which colors shone through on our papers and which ones seem to have disappeared.

The last light activity we did from Mother Goose Time was searching in the dark for matching cards with a flashlight. We made a dark tent (a table with a blanket over it.) We spread half the cards outside the tent and the other half inside the tent. We took turns picking a card, going in the tent to find that matching card, and coming back out to show us all that we did it. I don’t know what it is about flashlights, but they make playing a simple matching game so exciting! We played this game several times.

This week has been so fun learning about light and so many other physic concepts (like sound, gravity, and force). Next week we will talk about engineering and we are excited to see what is in store for us!

** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!


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