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How Clouds Make Rain

A cloud is where the rain comes from. A cloud is water in the air (water that we can see). When the weather is hot, water on the Earth becomes vapour (like the vapour coming out of a kettle when the water in it boils). This vapour rises in the air. Since up in the air it is colder, the vapour turns back into drops of water (ice). These drops of water in the air stick together and form clouds. When the clouds get full of water, the water falls back to the ground as rain.

Science Experiment: Making Rain

Materials needed:

  • Glass jar
  • Shaving foam
  • Water
  • Food Colouring

 

Before you start the experiment, explain to you child that:

  • Water is the air
  • The shaving foam is the cloud
  • The food colouring is the rain

 

Experiment:

Make predictions before the activity and talk about what is happening while you are doing the experiment with your child.

  • Half fill a jar or a glass with water.
  • Put some shaving foam on top of the water.
  • Finally with a pipette or teaspoon put some droplets of food colouring. 
    • Watch carefully as the droplets fall from the clouds (shaving foam) into the air (water) down below

     

    Click here to watch the video of this experiment.

    Ms. Charlene Farrugia KG1. 8

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An alphabet rainbow is used when teaching children the alphabet. It is a good visual aid, and helps children consolidate letter recognition and alphabet order.

Above is a picture of the alphabet rainbow we have in kindergarten classes. At school we say the letters of the alphabet every day.

Press on the link below and print the alphabet arc shown above.  Say the letter sounds while pointing to the letters. This will help reinforce letter recognition and alphabet sequence. Focus on vowels (the letters in red) and consonants (the letters in black).  Spend at least 10 min daily saying the alphabet.

alphabet rainbow

Magazine Letter Hunt and Sort Activity

This letter hunt and sort activity is a perfect activity for your children since it helps them develop scissor skills while consolidating letter recognition.

Choose the letter you will be hunting for, e.g. g.  Encourage your child to find the letter g from old books and magazines. Cut these letters and paste them on a handout.  Sort the higher case letters from the lower case letters

Ms Marita Cachia Kinder 2.3

 

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Hello Everyone….These are some activities we think you can all enjoy.

1. Poem on the Present Situation in Maltese that can be accessed through this link:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_AiFrvRJaQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1UMBnYz3YMN8blH1olsxWS1dQjxTf3AHK8cN95yJexxr39PLPpwlxqHD4

2. How can you help in this scenario? Discussion using the prompts which can be found in the below pdf file.
3. Do a family interview:
    Families can get together and ask questions to each other such as:
    What is your favourite colour/ food/ film/etc?
    Mention something you did that made you proud in your life?
    Mention something you wish you did better?
    If you were granted 3 wishes what would they be?
    Mention something you’d like to learn to do?
   What was the happiest/ scariest/ saddest/ most exciting/ most boring  moment in your life?
Stay safe and regards,
Janice
NG Educator

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Fishing Game

Things you will need:

 

  • Number cards (you can cut them in the shape of a fish) with a paperclip attached to the
  • A fishing rod with a magnet attached to it.
  • Some water
  • A container
  • A paint brush

This activity should take place outdoors, either in the yard, in the terrace or on the roof.

Place the number cards in a container. Then ask the children to try to catch the cards using the rod. This helps to improve their eye-hand co-ordination. Once they catch the card, they have to say the number written on it.

Then, using the paint brush and water, encourage them to write the numbers on the floor or on the wall. By doing this, the children will enjoy practising pre-writing of numbers.

You can finish the activity by challenging your child and ask him/her why the numbers they have written are vanishing from the floor. Explain the concept of evaporation!

 

Variation:

To make this activity more challenging you can fill in the container with water. In this case the cards should be made of foam sheets or laminated paper.

 

Ms.Maria K2.2

 

 

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  1. Sink or Float

This play-based learning activity combines a science activity and a water activity. This science experiment is the perfect way to explain density to children at this age.

  1. Write the words ‘sink’ and ‘float’ on two pieces of paper.
  2. Fill in two bowls with water and stick the pieces of paper with words ‘sink’ and ‘float’ on the bowls.
  3. Collect different objects from around the house (objects of varying density) such as teaspoons, paper, pens, plastic cups, keys etc.
  4. Make sure your child knows the meaning of both the words ‘sink’ and ‘float.’
  5. Before adding your objects to the water, ask your children to predict which objects they think will sink and which they think will float.

This video is aimed to help children learn about why things float or sink.

https://youtu.be/c8kszaZGLKE

  1. Magnet Play
  1. Collect some magnetic and non-magnetic objects from around the house and place them in a bin.
  2. Invite your child to select an item from the bin. Ask him/her if they think the object is magnetic or not and why do they think so.

(This is a great opportunity for children to learn about making predictions).

  1. You can record their predictions on a handout. Sort the objects which they think are magnetic and which not (as seen in the picture).
  2. Then encourage your child to take a magnet and see which objects are attracted to the magnet and which not. They can check if the predictions they made were correct.
  3. How many items did they pick up? Encourage them to count the items.

Variation:

A fun way to add movement to your science activity is by using a magnetic wand. The child can go around the house and find magnetic objects with the wand.

Science: A magnet will pull anything that is made of iron, nickel, and some other metals.

  1. Balloon baking soda science experiment:

1. Blow up a balloon a bit to stretch it out.

2. Using the funnel add two teaspoons of baking soda to the balloon.

3. Pour the vinegar into a plastic bottle, filling it halfway.

4. Carefully attach the balloon to the plastic bottle opening, making sure you fit the balloon properly to have a good seal!

5. Lift-up the balloon and allow the baking soda to fall into the vinegar.

6. Observe the effect of the chemical reaction on the balloon.

Variation:

Before blowing the balloon, the children can use a marker and draw something they like on to it. They will love mixing baking soda and vinegar together inside a bottle to inflate ghosts, monsters or any silly faces they have drawn on balloons.

 

  1. Magic milk experiment:

1. Pour some milk into an aluminium foil dish until the milk covers the bottom.

2. Add some drops of food colouring to the milk.

3. Add a drop of dish soap into the centre of the milk. (you can use a cotton bud dipped with some soap)

4. Watch as the colours dance across the surface of the milk.

 

Enjoy Kids

Ms. Kimberly

 

 

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Teaching Scissors Skills

This is the order in which cutting skills should be introduced to young children.

Ripping paper such as construction paper is the perfect activity for young children to engage in before being introduced to scissors. Children exercise their tripod grasp or their thumb and first two fingers as they grip the paper to rip it.

Snipping is the act of opening and closing the scissors one time only which results in successfully cutting something. Snipping will help children develop the muscles in their hands necessary to cut longer lines later so their hands won’t become fatigued.

Fringe is repetitive snipping without cutting the paper in half. Use a ruler to draw evenly spaced lines from the bottom of a square piece of green construction paper up two inches. Then, place stickers at the top of each line. Invite children to fringe the paper by cutting on the lines and stopping at the stickers.

Once children have mastered the first three, then they start working on cutting straight lines from point A to point B. This requires that they open and close the scissors multiple times per cut, which is much more difficult than snipping or fringing.

Next up are zig zag lines. Zig zag lines are more difficult to cut because they require the child to turn the paper or their hand as they cut. This is a much more advanced cutting skill than snipping or cutting straight lines and can lead to hand fatigue quickly. Be sure your kids are ready before introducing zig zag lines.

Even more difficult than zig zag are curved lines. These lines can be very tricky for young children to cut, it’s best to wait until they have developed the muscles in their hands to accomplish this challenging task.

How do you know if your kids are ready for curved lines? Observe them ripping, snipping, fringing, and cutting on straight and zig zag lines. If they can do those things, then they may be ready to move on. 

Cutting squares and rectangles can also be challenging for young children. Trying to turn the paper is always challenging and they instinctively try to turn their arms instead. You may need to practice cutting curved and right angles with your children, demonstrating how to hold the paper and turn it as you cut. It will take lots of practice before your children master cutting curved and right angles.

Cutting play dough is also a great way to work on early fine motor skills and is a wonderful cutting activity.

The skills learned within cutting is also preparing your child for writing skills and the manipulation of pencils & crayons.

Ms Natalie

 

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Visual memory game

This activity is aimed to encourage children to practice memory skills. It can also develop other brain functions, such as attention, concentration, focus and give space to critical thinking.

Before starting the activity, make sure the child knows the names of all the objects or toys which will be used. You can adapt the game according to the age and ability of the child by altering the number of objects shown and/or the time given to look at them.

 

How many of these items can you remember?

  • Together with your child, find random objects from around the house like a pencil, an orange, keys, a toy etc. Get a tray or a large plate. Put different objects on the tray, then cover them with a towel or cloth. Tell the child that you have a number of objects on the tray and that you want him/her to remember as many items as possible. Encourage the child to look carefully at them for some time. Then take the tray away and ask the child to call out what he/she remembers.

What’s missing?

  • Instead of asking the child to name the objects seen, take away one object, uncover the tray and ask the child to tell you what object was removed.

Look, cover and remember object sequences

 

  • This game can also be played by showing the child a few objects on the tray for a few seconds. Cover the tray, put your hand under the towel or cloth and rearrange the objects. Now ask the child to place the objects into their original position. You can increase the challenge by using more objects.

Ms Rodianne K2.1

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