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Budding Scientists

On a recent morning in the Oak Room, the children were presented with a mixing tray of ingredients for an exciting scientific adventure. On the tray were a variety of textures: shaving cream, water, watercolor painted salt. The budding scientists were provided with no instructions, just the materials to explore. They were free to experiment in any way that they wanted to. Taking on the role of scientists, the children learned about sinking and floating, did the salt sink or float? They also thought about cause and effect, what happened to the water when you added the salt? How was it different when you added salt to the shaving cream? Looking at these scientific experiences in the classroom helps to develop important skills: hypothesizing and making predictions, taking observations, and developing a sense of curiosity.