Third Annual Egg Drop! 2017

Dear Parents,

We had an eggs~cellent time at Think Like a Scientist! llc today! Our lesson began with a group discussion about the word “fragile”. We discussed things that are fragile. We determined that this means they break easily and need to be treated with care. We discussed how we are fragile. We brainstormed the many ways we protect ourselves during our many activities. We wear helmets, kneepads, and elbow pads. We sit in car seats or booster seats. We wear a seat belt. We then looked at the construction of some of these safety devices to attempt to figure out how they protect us. We used this knowledge to create a safety device for our egg during our experiment!

We read Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. This story taught us that success is not everything! We learn from our mistakes and our failures. They are essential for learning!

Our hope is that your child feels successful today whether their egg survived the drop or not. We discussed each success as well as those that weren’t. We loved watching all the learning happening!

Science Experiments: We used our loose parts to construct a vessel to protect our egg. Did your child’s egg survive the drop?!

We provided loose parts that we could use to create a vessel to protect our egg during the egg drop. Materials included but were not limited to: Truvia containers, toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, cotton balls, bubble wrap, white computer paper, corks, cardboard, miscellaneous packing materials, plastic grocery bags, yarn, sponges and egg cartons.

Projects:   Since our experiment was so involved our projects were a choice today. The projects were bird themed. Your child could choose to make a toucan with a colorful beak, an adorable bird on a wire project or a nest with baby birds in it.

Math and Science: Our Loose Parts table also took on a bird theme. They are hatched from an egg, after all! We constructed with Truvia jars, paper tubes and pieces, Lincoln Logs, brown shredded paper, egg cartons, corks, green leaves, the vine, our sensory birds, the backyard bird, Easter eggs, and our green stones. Take a look at Facebook to see these amazing constructions.

Table Play: We provided Legos for more construction fun.

Additional table play included our dollhouse with our furniture, tree cookies and blue stones on our green rug. We also added our Littlest Pet Shop birds, chicks, and bunnies!

Sensory Play: Sensory play took place at the light table today! We explored our water beads, lily pads, fish, frogs and rubber ducks in our “pond”. All of these things lay eggs!

Dramatic Play: Today our imaginations took us to the Farmer’s Market. We pretended to work or shop at the Market. Our props included our vases and flowers for arranging, the vegetables and crates, eggs, our scales, the cash register, aprons, and our reusable shopping bags.

Floor Play: We played with our tree house and included things that hatch from eggs (birds, lizards, snakes), our stones, our tree cookies, nests, the sensory rocks, our tan and brown carpets, and the large blocks to create habitats for our egg-laying friends!

Snack: We engineered during snack time today! The children were supplied with a candy egg, pretzel sticks and mini marshmallows to construct a vessel for their candy egg.

Stories:

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Thank you for joining us for Eggs~traordinary Engineering today! Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook to see photos of today’s event.

Our best,

Coleen and Jodi