Thursday, 18 December 2014

Transferring, Pouring, Scooping, Filling and Dumping

Most little monsters love playing in water! If you live somewhere that gets lots of rain, embrace it and get your little monsters out there explore and playing! " Leading childhood and play expert Tim Gill says: "We as adults forget how much fun it is for children to be out in the rain and jumping in puddles. It's about a change of mindset; if it's raining or if it's cold we should just make sure we have a change of clothes ready." (BBC)
 
There's so much you and your little monsters can do in the rain:
*Jump in puddles (obviously)
*Listen to the sounds of rain (great for listening skills and language)
*Become scientists and talk about the weather and how rain is created
 
 *Get Creative with food colouringpaint & chalk!

*Catch raindrops (in your mouth, hands or jugs), which leads us onto what our little monster love doing best with rain water: scooping, transferring, pouring, filling and dumping!
Putting the fire out - Fill up the cars with petrol - Transferring
We left jugs, buckets and cups out over a rainy night to fill up. When our little monsters came the next day, they got their winter wet gear on and we all headed outside to see how much rain water we collected over night! To our little monsters delight- there was loads! We found a few funnels and showed the kids how to fill up jugs with small opens and then let them explore and play! This was a great small and large gross motor skills activity, along with problem solving and imagination. Our little monsters loved filling the jugs up and transporting them around the garden. They used to the jugs to put out fires, fill up the cars with petrol and just simply filling, dumping and starting all over again! As you can see, our jugs are just "junk" that we would have thrown out anyways, so this is a great simple a cheep activity to get your little monsters involved in.

Fun Facts about Rain
  • Rain happens in two ways usually: as a drizzle or a shower. A drizzle is a slow, light rain that can go on for hours. A shower is a fast, heavy rain that lasts just a short while.
  • Raindrops fall at a speed of 7 to 18 mph. In wind, they might fall much faster.
  • Flash floods happen when it rains a lot and water rises very quickly. Flash floods are dangerous. They kill more people in the U.S. than tornadoes, earthquakes or lightning.
  • Weather reporters use Doppler radar to detect rain, hail and other storms. This equipment can tell how much moisture is probably coming, as well as the wind speed.
  • Rain contains more than just water. It might contain dirt, dust, insects, grass or even chemicals. (Easy Science for Kids)

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