Monday, August 23, 2010

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Since we were talking about Hoover Dam as our geography landmark, we spent a lot of time talking about forces of nature and how we feel them and use them. We tried to build a dam in our water and sand table without much success, but Anna also had two field trips that helped her see some of the things we were talking about in action. She has visited Palo Alto Junior Museum that went “whoosh” over her head. All she could Aug18_CDM1 tell me afterwards is that she saw machines and they give us energy. My husband said that the museum is not really suited for preschoolers, and the zoo that also belongs to it was overcrowded. She was a lot more interested in interactive exhibits of Children’s Museum of San Jose. Waterways is an amazing exhibit showing the power of both water and wind. There is also an interesting permanent exhibit called Power of Circles. Aug18_CDM2 That’s when Anna could operate a real pulley – she wanted to do it so badly after watching Sid the Science Kid episode about a pulley probably 10 times or more. She could also see how it’s much easier to pull heavy load on wheels and compare it to trying to push the same load along on the wooden floor. My favorite exhibit was a vertical blowhole that supported several light balls dancing in the air – it was fun to throw balls into it and seeing how the gravity seems to have no effect, cancelled by the power of wind.

Come and share your science ideas for young kids at Science Sunday hosted by Adventures in Mommydom.

9 comments:

Christy said...

My kids loved the ping pong balls in the stream of air exhibit at the science museum we went to last week. That's so much fun!

I just picked up some of those landmark cards. Thanks.

Ticia said...

I'm with you on the ball exhibit. It's very cool.

One of the kid museums we went to had a water ways exhibit that was really cool.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Have you tried ping pong balls, or small balloons over your hair dryer? That's a lot of fun, too.

Debbie said...

Oh what fun! I wanted to get Selena to the Science museum in Seattle this year but it didn't happen. Maybe next year.

Kim said...

We LOVE children's museums. Yours looks great. There's one here, but we haven't gotten there yet...

Mom and Kiddo said...

My mom, who is a Kindergarten teacher has told me numerous times how great the SJ Children's Museum is, it's nice to hear that Anna enjoyed it.

My Family My Forever said...

We have one of those water/pulley exhibits at our children's museum and the kids LOVE it!

Pathfinder Mom said...

We so love Children's and Science museums. So much great hands-on stuff to play with and learn from. That's a great pulley exhibit. Ours here is inside plexiglass, so the kids can't compare what lifting it on their own would be like.

MaryAnne said...

I LOVE hands-on children's museums - I think it's the best way to learn =)