We have a nice selection of liquid motion bottles. The children call them potions. One day, a few became curious about what the potions could be used for. (Think magical potions.)
They decided that the best idea would be to label them so they could remember their magical powers. This one informs us that it is a “Sparkle Potion.” According to the author, this puts sparkles inside you when you shake it.
Taking control of our environment. Here we see some of our students naming our calming discovery bottles based on the “potion” found within. This group of children is quite interested in the battle between good and evil. Their desire for safety and order shows itself in these potion designs.
We can’t have a study of all things creepy and spooky without branching into potions and gooey concoctions.
Making slime or goop requires:
- Self-Regulation (I’m going to follow directions and wait for my turn.)
- Coordination (stirring)
Playing with it draws on even more:
- A Willingness to get Gooey
- Fine-Motor Coordination (fingers and wrists)
- Self-Regulation (I’m not going to eat it, throw it, or put it in my hair.)
Later in the week, we moved onto individual potion creation. This time our experiments included only three colors of water, but watch out in the future. Who knows what we’ll mix together now that we’ve had the practice. We planned our potions, hypothesized the outcomes and then tested our ideas.