Fun at Liberty Science

Today I finally found time to write and post images from our recent trip to Liberty Science Center in NJ. My little one has been really sick so I have been Dr. Mom all week and I am still on watch.  This trip was great fun and I highly recommend it to anyone who has not visited yet.  The Curious George exhibition was a favorite and will be at the center until May 12, 2013 just in case anyone can make it.

The munchkins had fun using pipes,ramps, funnels, bumpers and force to experiment with physics. They played mini golf and climbed into the “rocket slide” where they took a photo of their first space adventure. After that, they walked to the “country” and visited the set up farm. They learned about cause and effect while using wind power to move windmills and wind chimes.  They were also able to play with a real rotary phone.  Ah, to be three again.

They little engineers had soaking wet fun using clamshell dredge. They used the handles to scoop out rocks and sediment and learned how to empty the bin. It is a great opportunity to teach them how dredging maintains the harbor clean and showing them just how engineers do it with these machines. The alligator snapping turtle was a favorite and so was this snapshot of a cute little turtle we met there. It appears to be walking and made the little ones chuckle. : ) CLAMD.snpa.walking.turtle.snpAlexis.sopretty.snp

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Pre-K Scientists!

This past weekend we took our two little scientists to Liberty Science Center to do their very first science experiment. They were so excited to try on their oversized lab coats.  Yes, much too big, but oh so cute! They sat down, surprisingly quiet for a pair under five.  It was a pleasant surprise to see them cooperating and so engaged as they followed step by step directions. They needed to do the salt water wedge model as a team.   The purpose of the experiment was to offer a visual representation of how salt water from the ocean meets and mixes with freshwater flowing from the Hudson River.

Most children love to play with water and color. This experiment had both and I believe that is what sparked their interest, making it a success! They took turns adding salt to one section, to make it  “beach salty” and adding blue and red dye to separate compartments. At the end, they were able to see how the two waters mix and create “brackish” water. As parents, we are the first teachers and should not pass the opportunity to be part of shaping young little minds.  It’s never too late to create indelible memories with your children or grandchildren through science.  This activity was fun, educational and one they remember well. Young little minds are sharp and comprehend much more than we may believe.

As always, here are the photos of the two cousins in action. Have a great weekend!IMG_8543alexis.scientist.snp.end.collage.snpa.n.j.snp.frameANJ.start.exp.snp