St. Patrick's Day Fun
Hey y'all! Are you ready for a little mischievous fun? These St. Patrick's Day STEAM centers are sure to get your littles excited about science. (A little write the room freebie is at the bottom so keep reading!)
We start the week off with a Skittles experiment. (Because leprechauns love rainbows of course. ;) ) Just place the candies around the edge of the plate and add some hot water. I used about a half a cup. The colors dissolve almost instantly and make a rainbow towards the center of the plate. The whole thing takes about 30 seconds.
When they start to dissolve, the candies break open and the kids love to look inside them and explore the "popped" Skittles.
But, of course, the difference between science and just messing around is writing it down. So we make predictions on our paper before adding the water, then write what actually happened and draw about it afterwards.
Tuesday through Thursday, the kids go to different science stations exploring things related to St. Patrick's Day.
It's said that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland by beating his drum and scaring the snakes away. So the first station is drum making. Don't worry, the paper bowls won't be too loud!
The kids also explore mirrors and reflection by making a four leaf clover using only one leaf and two mirrors.
Because leprechauns love gold, the kids build a bridge out of pennies. It's amazing how something so simple creates so much excitement!
The kids also get to graph some Lucky Charms, explore rainbows by making one with a flashlight, a CD, and water, and learn about the colors of the rainbow with a simple rainbow craft.
On Friday, the whole class makes leprechaun cars to race to the pot of gold. The challenge requires minimal prep work and the kids get so excited about racing their cars. (More pictures to come soon!)
These STEAM centers are sure to be a hit in your classroom too. For more information on them, you can check out the whole unit here.
And be sure to grab this St. Patrick's Day write the room center here.
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Have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon!