Chromatography & Symmetry in Preschool?
How do you get little kids excited about leafs you ask……add a parachute, chromatography, and reflective symmetry. Works EVERY TIME!
Do you know what chromatography is? The kids were learning some interesting facts about chromatography this week. A jump into the FALL Season landed us on a scientific adventure. We talked about how God made everything for a purpose and created it to do what it is designed to do. Leafs change colors in Fall/Autumn before falling to the ground prior to winter. When God created the leaves he said it was very good. 🙂 With that said…..we decided to explore how unique God created a leaf. Were you aware that a leaf can tell us what color it will change into during the Fall season before it does? We did not believe it either! With a ton of excitement, we started a chromatography project. The colors present in a green leaf will identify the hidden pigments in leaves. According to the kids, this project was “cool, amazing, and awesome.” 🙂
The Chromatography begins…….the leafs were collected and broken into pieces and placed inside some cups. Afterward, the kiddos took turns pouring rubbing alcohol over the leafs. The last part to our project was to insert a coffee filter inside each cup. They then let the leafs soak over night and waited for the leafs to tell us what color they would change into. They did such an outstanding job being patient and giving the leaves time to talk to us. 🙂
Our Reflective Symmetry Exploration
The kids were learning that reflective symmetry is a type of symmetry where one half is the reflection of the other half. We used items the children gathered outside and put them up against a mirror to demonstrate reflective symmetry.
This was another great hit with the kiddos! They had such fun talking about the items reflecting in the mirror. This allowed the children to begin thinking outside the box and explore with other items. 🙂
Creative juices were flowing and conversations were started using something as simple as a leaf that fell on the ground. 🙂 Never be afraid to allow a child to explore things using their unique curiosity.
We took a walk outside and gathered items such as pine cones, leafs, twigs, popcorn balls, and pine straw. We used those items to create sensory boards, emerge pine cones in water, and make our very own creative forest art.
We could share so much more with you, but we decided to show you the scientific highlights that were our “preschool fan favorites.” Enjoy the FALL SEASON and come back soon.