Clouds and a Cotton Ball

For this activity, your little one demonstrated how rain falls from clouds with the help of cotton balls, turkey basters, and water. To initiate this activity, your budding meteorologist learned about the physical properties of clouds, how they are created, hold water, and eventually form hurricanes. This activity accessed several areas of development.

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By adding water to the cotton balls, each student experimented with a variety of measurement concepts such as volume, density, and weight. As they regarded the varying amount of water seeping from their “clouds”, they experienced the physical components of cause and effect. Lastly, they acquired new language, as they discussed how their clouds changed shape with the added water.

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Legos and Measurement

Measurement allows us to analyze the objects in our world.

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We are constantly doing it.

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We measure the ingredients in food, objects, space, and time.

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Before they are even aware of this new vocabulary, young children are constantly measuring items.

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Fostering an awareness of measurement can not only help them master everyday tasks, but nourish their growing ability to think critically.

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For this particular activity, we discussed the difference between height and width.

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We then measured the height of a pumpkin with Legos.

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