Every Wednesday throughout the year, the #TeachECE Early Childhood Education Team offers playful learning activity suggestions centered around a weekly theme. This week, we’ll share suggestions for use with a TEDDY BEAR theme! Those cute and cuddly bears provide wonderful inspiration for learning and explorations at home or in the classroom. Purchase a box of teddy bear cookies (or make your own at home) and come discover the wonders of simple preschool science with us!
- Teddy Bear cookies (homemade or commercial teddy bear cookies)
- Bowl or other small container
- Paper to chart students’ guesses
- Markers OR crayons
- Timer or stopwatch.
Explain to the students that you are going to explore how long it takes teddy bear cookies to transform from a solid and dissolve (melt) in a container of milk.
Place the cookie(s) in a container of milk and start a timer. Have the children observe and gently feel the cookies as they begin to dissolve. Explore the following questions with your kids or students:
- What happens to the cookie(s) when they begin to absorb the milk?
- What does the cookie feel like when it is starting to dissolve? Explore descriptive words with the children as they discuss what the cookie feels like (example: mushy, soft, squishy, grainy, etc.).
For younger children, do the activity several times and discuss the concept of “passing” time. Be sure to invite the children to explore the stopwatch or timer and discuss how it works. Compare the timer to the hands (or digital display) on a clock, a watch, or a stopwatch at home or in the classroom. It is fun to explore how different timers work.
Extension idea for older children: Place the students’ guesses in order from shortest to longest time.
For young children: arrange the students’ guesses by seconds or by placing all guesses under one minute in one category, 1-2 minute guesses in a second category, 2-3 minute guesses in a third category, and so on.
Extension idea: Use different types of liquids to see if it has an effect on how fast or slow the teddy bear cookies will melt. Other suggested liquids could include: chocolate vs. white milk, cold water vs. hot water, juice, or hot chocolate.
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These Teddy Bear books are some of our own kids favorites! They make a great addition to the classroom or home library.
For MORE great ways to play and learn with a TEDDY BEAR theme, please visit the other #TeachECE suggestions below: