The sun is the source of energy and heat for our planet. On Friday, we taught your little one that the sun’s energy travels through space, into the earth’s atmosphere, and finally onto earth’s surface. The sun’s radiation warms the earth’s atmosphere and surface and this process is called heat transfer. To help your little one understand this, we studied how heat transfer affects matter. To a child, matter is anything that they can touch.
Because heat transfer can be an abstract concept for the young learner, we did a variety of activities that enabled your child to interact with it in a hands-on way. It is for this reason that we created mud pies!
By making mud pies and allowing them to dry over night, your little one was able to experience how the sun works with their eyes and their hands.
This enabled them to experience the process of heat transfer in a way that they could understand.