Our Early 3’s Love Music Class!

Our Creative Tots had a blast with Miss Joanie! They danced to different beats and sang along with Elmo!


Toddlers first week of school!!

This week we learned about our classroom and routines. We also started learning “All About Me”!!  We talked about our families and learned a song  called “I am special”.    We have an awesome class of toddlers and are looking forward to another great week!

Air Pressure

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Air Pressure

Our topic this month was air pressure. We talked about how air is constantly pushing down on us and everything around us and the only time we can actually see or feel air pressure is when there is a sudden change in air pressure, like ears poping on an airplane.

We used a simple experiment that can be done with all your left over Easter eggs! 

Egg in a Jar:

  • Glass bottle or jar with the opening slightly bigger than the egg.
  • Peeled hardboiled egg
  • Lighter or match
  • Paper

Although this is a simple experiment, it really shows how air pressure works on an object!

Light your piece of paper on fire and drop it into the glass bottle. I explained that we were using fire to remove the oxygen in the jar, (since fire eats oxygen). By removing the oxygen in the bottle we are causing the air pressure to become greater on the outside of the egg, I used the term “heavier air”.

Place your egg on the mouth of the bottle. It will vibrate as some of the hot air escapes. As the air becomes “heavier” or the air pressure increases on the outside of the egg it will slowly push the air into the bottle.

Here is a great video: 

Now that we have the egg in the bottle how do we get it out? Well, we apply the same concept. If we use “heavy air” to push our egg in the bottle we need to use “heavy air” to push it out.

Turn your bottle upside down so the smaller part of the egg it pointing outwards but not fully covering the opening. From here place your mouth on the opening and blow, hard! While you blow a continuous stream of air roll the egg over the opening, the pressure you created in the bottle should push the egg back out! The video below gives a great demonstration.

Inverted Glass & Card:

  • Water
  • Glass
  • Index card or playing card

I am sure we have all preformed this “experiment” before.

Fill your glass with water, place card over the top and invert. Because air exerts pressure equally from all directions the card does not fall due to this principle.

We listened to a song that reinforced the effects of air pressure. Just a warning, it’s slightly out of tune but very catchy!


The Art of Marbling

This month we experimented with different marbling techniques in each of the classrooms, all providing us with awesome results.

Our tots learned some fun marbling history! “Marbling was an essential part of bookbinding with the papers being placed on the inside covers of all fine books, which is still one of the main uses of marbling today. The intricate patterns of the papers were used to cover the folds, strings, and glue marks of the bindings, and also to serve as an aesthetic transition from the dark leather covers to the white pages inside. The marblers’ guilds were separate from the bookbinders’ guilds, who were forever spying on the marblers, trying to discover the techniques of marbling to avoid the high cost of their papers. So for centuries, the marblers often had to do their work at night in secret laboratories, behind locked doors, and hardly anyone could hope to learn the art unless he was born into a marbling family. Even then, most apprentices weren’t trusted with all the marbling formulas until they were into their 30’s or 40’s.” http://marbleart.us/SomeHistory.htm




Biology of Blood

This was such a fun experiment! We talked about the “ingredients” that make up our blood. We used the following picture to illustrate our ingredients:


Blood Components: 

  1. Water bottle
  2. Yellow and Red food coloring
  3. Cheerios
  4. Mini marshmallows
  5. Salt
  6. Purple Pom-poms

Place one cup of Cheerios in a ziplock bag, add 8-10 drops of red food coloring and shake to disperse the food coloring. The Cheerios do not need to be completely covered.

Remove the label from a water bottle, fill 1/2  way with water and add 2-3 drops of yellow food coloring. This depicts our bloods first ingredient: Plasma. Plasma is blood’s liquid portion; it helps the other ingredients flow through our veins as the heart pumps.  

Next, add a sprinkle of salt into the water bottle. Blood is comprised of salt and other chemicals which make your muscles and heart function…heart vitamins!

But what makes our blood look red? Billions of red blood cells that look like Cheerios carry oxygen in the center of the “O” all over the body…”O” for oxygen. There are so many red blood cells that they make our blood appear completely red. 

Add the Cheerios with the red food coloring to your water bottle, and it will turn your yellow plasma red.

Next, there are white blood cells, which are a little bigger than our red blood cells. I connected the idea of a doctor’s white coat to white blood cells. The job of our white blood cells is to fight germs and disease, just as doctor’s job is to help keep us healthy.

Illustrate white blood cells by adding a few mini marshmallows to the water bottle.

Our final “ingredient” is the platelets. Platelets stop bleeding when we get cuts and scrapes. They have lots of little arms that hold on tight to create a barrier at our injury site. Platelets are the body’s band aids. 

Add some purple Pom poms (platelets) to the water bottle.

Finally, it’s time for the heart to do its job …to pump your blood and all of its important ingredients throughout your body! 

Rock the bottle back and forth to observe how all of these essential ingredients work together!


    Melting Point Depression 

    We had a lot of fun this month with our science lesson. I love letting the kids get their hands “dirty” and using all their senses to discover new concepts. We discussed a concept most of our Tots were familiar with: salt melts ice and snow! However, we asked the question, “why does this happen?” Well…. the fancy big kid definition is:

    • Salt lowers the temperature at which water freezes, so instead of 32° it freezes 4° lower at 28°. Therefore, it has to be colder in order for the salt water solution to freeze. Thus, ice will melt faster because the ambient temperature seems “warmer” to the frozen block of ice.

    Frozen Treasure Ice Excavation:

    1. Ice Excavation Tools i.e. Spoons 
    2. Container to freeze water
    3. Treasure
    4. Squirt bottle
    5. Food Coloring
    6. Rock Salt

    Freeze your treasure in a container. Depending on the size you my want to fill up your container half full, freeze, add treasure, fill and freeze again. This will help ensure the treasure is positioned in the center of the ice block. 

    Fill up your squirt bottles with a salt water solution (the ratio does not matter). I added different color food coloring just to make it a little more interesting.

    Place your ice block in something that will contain the water, such as a bathtub, sink, or storage tub.

    Before you start the excavation process generously sprinkle your ice block with salt, if you are quiet you will be able to hear the cracks and pops of the ice starting to melt. (I took this opportunity to explain that when you hear that sound it means ice is starting to melt and break apart and you should never stand on ice!) We also made observations regarding the edges of the ice block where we saw the ice immediately melting and water dripping down the sides.

    From here on out you can chip and spray away at the ice block until the treasure is free. Just a note, the saltwater solution works best if you apply it to the ice block/treasure in a solid stream; the ice will melt very quickly!


    Ice Cream:

    1. Ice
    2. Rock Salt
    3. 2 Tablespoons of water
    4. 1 gallon ziplock bag 
    5. Sandwich size ziplock bag 
    6. Milk/soy milk
    7. Chocolate/strawberry syrup
    8. Sprinkles

    In your one gallon sized ziplock add about 2 cups of ice, a generous tablespoon+ of Rock salt, and about 2 tablespoons of water.

    In your sandwich sized ziplock bag, add your ice cream ingredients. This can be whatever you would like as long as the base is soy/coconut/almond/milk . Make sure you squeeze out any excess air from your ziplock.

    Place your sandwich sized ziplock in to your gallon sized and close it securely. From here you can shake, massage, bounce or squeeze your ice cream. It will take about 5 minutes +/- until you start to develop ice cream. *Just a side note the ice gets extremely cold so watch that little hands don’t handle it to long.

    From here, grab a spoon and eat it out of the bag or spoon into a cup and enjoy!!!