EAST HANOVER, NJ – Last month at Over the Rainbow Learning Center, students got busy with winter science activities.
While teachers felt it was too cold for children to go outside and play, this did not stop the children from enjoying the snowy weather. Snow was put into water tables and brought inside for learning and fun.
“We did this activity because it was too cold to go outside and our playground was cover with snow so we brought the snow in for some fun,” said director, Judy Treanor.
“We added molds, shovels, rakes and cups for scooping, measuring and forming the snow. The water table provides cooperative play and allows the children to explore what’s in the table and use the props (tools) provided. It also showed the children what happens to snow when it comes inside...eventually it turns to water. So the water table is not only great for play, sensory stimulation, conversation and math, but also for science.”
While toddlers were busy with their indoor snow activities, the pre-K 3 and 4 children participated in a volcano science project for letter “V” week.
“This science activity was done to reinforce the letter of the week, ‘V’”, said Treanor. “It also allowed the children to observe a safe chemical reaction using baking soda and white vinegar.”
Over the Rainbow Learning Center in East Hanover is a full service day care and pre-school that provides a comprehensive curriculum based on Maria Montessori's program, which stresses learning through fun and exploration.
For more pictures of past activities, visit their FACEBOOK page.