Water, experiments, show and tell, and baking
We had such a fun day today because we played with water on the Discovery Deck outside and we did science experiments with Maryna there too.We started off our day doing a baking activity with Hisami at one of the tables. The rest us spent time shopping, checking that we had money for our shopping and in the end we actually bought most the things from the shop. When Shelley went to shop there was almost nothing left, so she said that she
was going to shop at another shop. We didn’t like the fact that she was going to give her business to another store, so we called her back and showed her some of the remaining items that we had. She said that all she wanted was fresh vegetables, and unfortunately we didn’t have any left. Sometimes shops run out of things so customers need to go elsewhere for their shopping and sometimes only certain shops have certain things so, shopkeepers try to make their customers happy but
sometimes they are not!
Some of us waited at the take away counter for a long time. We ordered cookies and the shopkeepers had to make them. The shopkeepers were Miyu and Lanah. We were extremely patient and when our cookies were eventually ready, we took all of our food onto the floor and had a picnic.
You can see in these photos that Hana is making the obento for the picnic and Luka was looking after the drinks, pouring some into each cup. When it was time to pack away, we went to the shelves and replaced everything. We packed the shelves away trying to remember where everything went and also trying to read the signs. One of our teachers helped us so we could get the shop in order for tomorrow’s customers. Hisami in the meantime was cooking up a storm with some of our friends.
They measured, poured, weighed, stirred and created a wonderful batter for our muffins. They even made two colours of batter and then used a toothpick to make patterns on them, before they went inside the oven. When they came out of the oven, they made our room smell like a bakery, again. And when they cooled off, Shelley made letters of the alphabet on them that were the same as the initial sounds of all of our names.
We ate them after snack time as we couldn’t wait. We were so excited to taste them and they were delicious.
Upstairs was a really busy time. Our first experiment was outside on the deck, with the water play trough filled with water. Maryna came outside with three fruits; an orange with its skin on, a banana with its skin on and a kiwi fruit with its skin on. She asked us if we knew what would happen when we put them into the water. Would they float? Would they sink? We guessed that the orange would float and we couldn’t believe it, it did. The same thing happened with the kiwi fruit and the banana; they all floated. Then Maryna showed us the same fruit but this time, they didn’t have their skin or peel on. What was going to happen when
she put them into the water? The other fruit had floated; would these float too? We guessed that some would sink and that is exactly what happened. The
orange sank to the bottom; the kiwi fruit sank to the bottom but the banana stayed floating on the top (which was not really what was supposed to happen).
We looked underneath to see if the fruit was sinking or floating. This was our sinking and floating experiment. The next one we did inside the MPR and this time, it was with a large bowl of water and some pepper. We sprinkled pepper into the water and watched it float on the top of the water and some of it sank to the bottom. Then Maryna took some washing liquid and put a few drops in the
water. As soon as she put the drops onto the water, the pepper moved to the side of the bowl. It almost made a pattern on the surface of the water and in the bottom of the bowl.
The final experiment was with two containers of ice cream. We all know that
ice cream needs to stay in the freezer so that it stays hard and frozen. Well our experiment was to leave both of the ice creams out of the freezer. One, we just left on a plate and the other one, we wrapped inside blankets and towels. Both of them were going to melt but the experiment was; which one would melt quicker. We thought that the one wrapped inside the blankets
would melt quicker as it would be warmer; almost like having a heater. To our big surprise, the one inside the blanket hardly melted at all and the one on the plate, half of it melted into liquid. We have to report our findings to Maryna tomorrow, so she knows what happened.
We had fun on the deck playing with water and shells, drawing on the new easel and jumping off the step. It was lovely underneath the umbrella in the shade as the sun was really hot today. Manuel did Show and Tell today. He brought along a photo of his class at his school in Hong Kong, called Discovery Mind; and he also brought along a puzzle with pictures of things on wheels e. g. cement truck, garbage truck, taxi, fire truck, car carrier, ice cream
truck, truck etc. We enjoyed looking at the photo and seeing Manuel when he was younger. We also liked helping him complete the puzzle as all of the pieces had fallen out.
Thanks for a fun day upstairs and in our classroom.
Love always Shelley, Hisami and Liezel