Hello and a special welcome to Kinsley (also known as Kiki) who joined our classroom this week! We are so excited to get to know you and your family!
On Monday the sprouts noticed the other class had a bottle of bubbles in their supply cubby when we were outside. They jumped around and asked for bubbles. On Tuesday we decided to make our own. We gathered the materials, filled the water, mixed it and it blew us all away! By mixing water, dish soap and cornstarch we made our popping potion! The sprouts helped to pour in the ingredients and mix it all together. Once we saw some bubbles forming we dipped in our wands and began bubbling! We talked about how it is important to blow air out into the wand and to not just spit at it. This is a helpful skill to practice taking deep belly breaths when we need to calm our bodies. Inhale and blow out the bubbles!
While exploring the bubbles we noticed a variety of interests regarding the bubbles. Some just wanted to play in the slimy, soapy water. Other friends wanted to play with the bubble wands and swirl it through the air. Some friends enjoyed blowing bubbles. Others enjoyed popping them. To continue this exploration we decided to add water beads to our sensory bin in the classroom. The water beads are little round orbs of squishiness that absorbs water. They feel slimy and cold to touch and break into little pieces when you pop them. Some friends liked to just feel the water beads in their hands. Many tried to gather as many as they could into one container and then pour it into another container, once again exploring scooping and pouring.
What is it about the sensation of putting your hands into water that the children enjoy? As for bubbles, what is it about bubbles that are so mesmerizing and entertaining? Why is the focus of some children mainly destruction? Knocking down things, popping bubbles, breaking the water beads etc.? What materials can we provide for these children, materials with the sole purpose of being able to deconstruct? What is it about scooping and pouring that all children find so fascinating?!
Have a great weekend,
love Ms. Linda, Ms. Madison, and Ms. Lala