Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Air is All Around You

We are continuing to learn a little more about science of the world around us. This week we continued with matter topic and focused on gases. We read Air is All Around You, but didn’t have a chance to do the main experiment in the book yet. We did talk a lot about properties of gases, and it was interesting to see what Anna understands empirically and what she doesn’t. For example, she gets that air takes space but she thought that air doesn’t HairDryerhave weight. I can see how it’s hard to see the weight of air, especially since balloons filled with air (and especially with helium) appear to have no weight. At least Anna could observe the power of a forced air – this simple experiment with a hair dryer still fascinates me as much as it fascinated her. It can also be performed with balloons, but I think that light plastic balls are more interesting since normally they don’t float at all.

I have some other air experiments planned, but Anna was more interested in spelling/math this past weekend than in science, and I decided to go with the flow.

8 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The Bernoulli experiments are some of my favorites. I'm pretty sure they put those air machines with the ping pong balls into children's museums just to keep the parents occupied.

MaryAnne said...

That hairdryer experiment is always fun! Anna is a lucky girl to have a mom who plans such fun activities for her - and yet goes with the flow at the same time!

Debbie said...

It is always fun to watch plastic balls float in the air. Selena would get a kick out of this, I will have to remember to pick up a ping pong ball next time I am out and about.

Elise said...

I would like to incorporate more science experiments into our days.

We've had a week where planned activities have not been carried out becuase going with the flow certainly made more sense and was fun for all of us.

Phyllis said...

I am sure she enjoyed this activity....I am sure we all would.

Ticia said...

I'm with Leah, those ping pong balls are in every children's museum so us parents can fiddle with it. And the kids might enjoy it too :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

We did the light balls with the blow dryer at a local museum. It was a lot of fun.

Kelly said...

This looks like a fun science experiment and topic!
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