A great day was had by all at ‘Curious Carousel’, our National Science & Engineering Week event on march 22nd for early years children and their families. Our ‘Invention Room’ was filled with self led activities where kids could do visual experiments using water and colours to see how plants drink:
and an area to explore where seeds are on different fruits & vegetables. A lot got eaten along the way but that’s all part of the exploration!
In the ‘Discovery Room’, dance activities centered around what is going on under the ground – roots, worms, foxes and moles, how plants grow and make food. Lots of fun was had with green chlorophyll gloves, reaching to capture light and oxygen to make it into food. Focus was also drawn to the breath in our bodies, what it feels like, what we can do with it, how it is wet and warm. A group storytelling and dance activity helped to focus and enliven the themes. Planting, soil play and the making of a wormery also punctuated the creative movement play and kept families engaged.
The aim was to provide enjoyable, participatory and creative activities on the theme of Nature and Discovery and to introduce children to a scientific approach (observation, experimentation, drawing conclusions from facts). We also wanted to provide the opportunity for parents to participate and learn together with their child. We got lots of great feedback:
“Such great activities. Lots of fun interactive and parent led play. We explored how plants drink in a really hands on ‘toddler perfect’ way.”
“Great to see science accessible for young people. Well thought out range of visually attractive activities covering a variety of scientific principles. More please. Compost & wormery very popular.”
“So many wonderfully interesting/creative things to do and learn about the world. We loved the colourful cups, so simple and clear. My kids were fascinated. A great way to keep kids entertained and learning for a couple of hours.”
“Really well run day interesting on lots of levels – 1 1/2, 3 1/2 & 46! A wonderfully relaxed informal atmosphere where kids and parents felt free to experiment.”
A huge thanks to our sponsors Alcoa Howmet for sponsoring this event. Thanks also to Lizzie Swinford & Amanda Sabin for the wonderful activities, to Mel Humphries for organising the parent led experiments, to Kat Thomas from the Scrapstore for the display and keyring activities and to creative Cat, Liz, Kelly and Lucy for helping with decorations. We had lots of fun.