February has been a fun month full of DINOSAURS!! The kiddos have enjoyed learning about many different concepts related to dinosaurs and we are excited to share our fun with you in this months blog. Our centers have been full of dinosaur activities, from volcanoes in dramatic play, ice-age
dinosaurs at discovery, excavation of dinosaur fossils out of sand in the sensory table, and making fossil pictures out of noodles in the art room.
We took the kids out to Fossil Butte National Monument and met with Ranger John to learn about the fossils in our area. Ranger John did a great job at explaining fossils, how the are layered under the ground, how we find them now, and the fossils we have in our area. They each got a stuffed animal, so when they walked around the museum they could look for their animal in fossil form. The kids loved it.
We sent the month out with a bang, by doing an experiment called "Boo Bubbles." We talked with the kids about dinosaurs and how we did the experiments getting the dinosaurs out of the ice eggs. We talked about ice and what happens when it melts. We then introduced them to dry ice and asked them what was similar and what was different about this type of ice. They were able to explore what happens when you put warm water onto regular ice, and then they explored what happens when you put warm water onto dry ice. We then took the experiment further by capturing the dry ice gas inside a bubble, just like some dinosaurs were trapped inside real ice. We finished off the lesson by trying to see just how big of a Boo Bubble we could make. It was a blast!!
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