So Teddy let’s have some fun……..
Looks like the beachball is bigger than Teddy 🙂
A fantastic way to show the concepts of big small /light and heavy-
Fun and very effective.
You can have great fun with your child/children – let them feel the difference in the weights.
You will need – Beachball, Basketball, table tennis ball, golf ball.
Explore the concepts
Big and small
Light and heavy
Big beachball – looks big but is light in weight
The beach ball looks big but feels light
The Basketball looks big but feels heavy
ping pong ball looks small but is light
The golf ball is small but feels heavy
Allow the children to take turns examining the balls.
Prepare for giggles as they feel the difference in weights.
This is a very tactile concrete experience
What does the Basketball feel like? Is it rough or smooth….
This experiment is great for increasing vocabulary.
Chat to the children – making sure to include words like for eg.
Heavy – light – big – small – big – bigger – biggest – rough – smooth
Soft – hard – softest ….
Smaller than – heavier than – round – sphere
NB- remember the importance of open ended questions.
Interesting article about open ended questions from storiesandchildren.com
The beachball is big
but feels light
The Basketball is big but feels heavy
The ping pong ball is small but feels light
The golf ball is small
but feels heavy
Expand on the above Experiment
The following can be explored but with safety in mind and only under strict supervison
Have the children test out how the balls roll. What happens when you kick or throw the beachball.
Compare to trying to kick or throw the basketball .
Let the children take turns to roll the balls. You could investigate which ball bounces well.
Does a golf ball bounce
See how the above experiment may link into the Themes, Aims and learning goals of Aistear The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework
Aim 2 Children will be as healthy and fit as they can be.
Lg. 1. gain increasing control and co-ordination of body movements
They will feel the difference in the weight of the balls but also have to control their movements so they don’t drop it.
l.g. 3. discover, explore and refine gross and fine motor skills
EXPLORING AND THINKING
Aim 1 Children will learn about and make sense of the world around them
Lg. 1. engage, explore and experiment in their environment and use new physical skills including skills to manipulate objects and materials
This experiment is a great way to help the children move towards achieving this learning goal.
Lg. 6. come to understand concepts such as matching, comparing, ordering, sorting, size, weight, height, length, capacity, and money in an enjoyable and meaningful way.
Aim 2 Children will use language.
Lg. 1. interact with other children and adults by listening, discussing and taking turns in conversation
The children will be interacting with the adult and their peers discussing what the balls feel like –
For example – Which ball feels the heaviest?
l.g. 3. use an expanding vocabulary of words and phrases, and show a growing understanding of syntax and meanin g
EXPLORING AND THINKING
Aim 2 Children will develop and use skills and strategies for observing, questioning, investigating, understanding, negotiating, and problem solving, and come to see themselves as explorers and thinkers
. They will be investigating the difference in weight and size of the objects and noticing how even though the objects look similar they are very different in many ways
Lg. 2. gather and use information from different sources using their increasing cognitive, physical and social skills
l.g. 5. develop higher-order thinking skills such as problem-solving, predicting, analysing, questioning, and justifying
l.g. 6. act on their curiosity, take risks and be open to new ideas and uncertainty
IDENTITY AND BELONGING
Aim 4 Children will see themselves as capable learners
l.g.4 demonstrate dispositions like curiosity, persistence and responsibility
They will be encouraged to be curious and try out different ideas whilst being careful.