We’re taking Tactile Tuesday into the kitchen! Kitchen Homeschooling Science. The kitchen is a great place to teach science (and math). You can enhance lessons with a few every day household items!
This past week we went to the beach and took our Apologia book to learn about tides and ocean zones. But how do you teach ocean zones to a tactile kid? Make them!
We took a plastic container, taped construction paper to the outside, and labelled each zone.
Then we filled it with water and added “stuff” to the container for discussion. Oil was a great example to use for plankton. It hangs out on the top (phytoplankton) and also proves to be a “benthic organism” because you can swirl up the water and the oil / plankton float along with the current.
We dumped some mini chocolate morsels that sunk – so they represented our angler fish and midnight zone dwellers. Most spices float – majority of ocean animals are found in the sunlit zone so our parsley and basil represented fish.
The boy wanted to add a few ice cubes from our ice maker – which were the perfect shape to represent dolphins (they float and are curved like a dolphin’s back).
Kitchen Homeschooling Science is fun!
I had no plans. I had no expectations. I was prepared to clean up a gross mess with joy all for the sake of education. It ended up being great fun together as we created a wonderful hands-on ocean activity to drive home some key points from the curriculum! I didn’t create anything “new” (filled up a quality time love language)!
Have you tried Kitchen Homeschooling Science before?
Not interested in making ocean zones – how about an ocean animals word hunt to add to a lesson? (I also created a letter O preschool hunt for little ones).