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Matter and Mixtures - Mother Goose Time

The last three weeks were crazy busy.  Day camp, swimming lessons, appointments, errands, and then a beach vacation.  I did not get a lot of school done for anyone.  Little Guy misses Mother Goose Time when we don't have time for it, and asks me at least a few times a week if we can do it.  Let me tell you, I feel REALLY guilty when the answer is "no" over and over again.  Today we had swim lessons, but that was it, and I am working to get him on the school year schedule which has a much later nap time than the summer schedule (to give me time to help the girls after school) so he could stay up later.

I really wanted to be on it with the Science Lab.  Little Guy loves science, and I knew it would be a really fun curriculum for him to use.  I was not on it, and we will probably be adding in bits and pieces of Science Lab into the next couple of months, as well as the last part of The Art Studio. 

Today we combined States of Matter and Mixtures, which both had very fun activities.  I will share one from each lesson.

For States of Matter we made a "Blob".  Lay down some wax paper, squeeze some glue out (which is really fun, because usually the glue is used in reasonable amounts!), then decorate it with sequins.  All while discussing how the glue is a liquid, and the molecules are far enough apart that it can move.  I told him it would turn into a solid, but I am not 100% sure that he gets it.  Either way, he had fun messing around with glue.  As you can see, I also had fun making a blob :)

This month one of our manipulatives was a set of beakers, because SCIENCE!  We used them today while we were being chemist like Alfred Nobel, and mixed up some colors!  We also did a painting project about mixing colors which reminded Little Guy of the Mix book we got during The Art Studio.

I was smart and when the Teacher's Guide said to color the water with either food coloring or paint I went with paint.  Washable paint is a much better choice than dye everything it touches food coloring.  At least in my opinion.  Plus the colors were more vibrant.

Little Guy waited outside while I made the colored water.  By the way, another great choice is doing pouring activities outdoors where you won't be tempted to cry and/or scream if the contents of the beakers get dumped all over.  Which happened.  Multiple times.  Apparently we don't practice pouring enough...  First I lined them up for a photo op, then I let him start mixing. 

I did advise him quite a bit until we had made all the colors so he wouldn't go straight to brown.  But mostly he did all the work himself.  After all the colors had been made I let him mix and pour however he wanted for a few minutes.  After he mixed a few colors I asked him what color it was.  His reply "Its an ugly color."  Eventually when all the colors were mixed he told me it was grey. 

Yup.  Grey.

*Little Guy and I get Mother Goose Time free of charge in exchange for sharing our experiences.*


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