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Science Kids on the Loose

Science Kids on the Loose

Wacky Hair Day Dance Party

The two weeks of school at Leo’s preschool are akin to Senior Week in high school. They are up to silly antics and theme oriented days. The agenda includes, pajama day, water day, teddy bear picnic, mobile marine lab, and a hot dog lunch. The highlight for Leo, however, is Wacky Hair Day. We poofed out his golden locks and I spray painted his hair green. He was giddy with excitement. Henry got to come too, as the elementary school is already done for the year.
Wacky hair day also coincided with my last visit to Leo’s class as the “Science Mom.” I soon learned that ALL the kids were giddy with excitement. Thank goodness I had the perfect activity planned. I decided to modify the Move It activity and have the kids listen to their heartbeats.
First, I had the children try and find their heartbeats while at rest. We checked pulses, wrists, and chests. Partners used their hands to find a heartbeat. They took this job very seriously.
We had a very interesting discussion about why a heart beats and the import job the heart has in your body. I love how they combine the literal and the figurative as we talked about blood, muscles, love, and friendship. A heart is a busy organ.
Then we did some stretching before I began the official dance party. I let my boys choose the song so I cranked up “I Got A Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. Then we all started jumping and dancing and laughing and silliness ensued. (The pictures are blurry, but I love how they capture the joy of the dance.)
When the music stopped, I can tell you, ALL of our hearts were beating fast. The kids had no problem at all finding their heart beats. As we caught our breath, I explained the importance of exercise and how good it is to get our hearts pumping and our bodies moving. The kids agreed whole-heartedly. So much so that we waited until our hearts had slowed down a bit and started the dance party all over again. They had such a blast. It was so funny to see them dance like crazy and stop to check their hearts and then ramp it up again. And most of them were singing at the top of their lungs too.
After the second round, the whole class decided to take a rest. The room was quiet for about 15 seconds.
It was bittersweet to do this activity with Leo’s class. I love that I could adapt a Sid activity to meet the need of this group on a very exciting day. I would have loved to expand it and include the Bones investigation with the splints, but there wasn’t enough time. As the kids bounced around it struck me how much they resembled our friends on Sid the Science Kid: wacky hair, fun science learning, and children who cooperate together. I will miss this bunch!
Have you ever adapted a Sid activity or changed the way you do an investigation? I would love to hear about your ideas!

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