Ideas for science center

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  1. preschool810

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    I have a hard time finding different or new ideas to put in my science/discovery center. I have the basic bugs, microscope, magnets, ect. The children (3-5 year olds), seem to get bored easily, and do not venture over tho the center as often as I'd like. Any really good different ideas??
     
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    Activity bottles are really cool-- you can make ones that reperesent waves, have magnetic things in them, create tornado effects, gravity ones with glitter and heavier objects in them---they are real easy to put together and very cheap to make and the kids seem to relly enjoy playing with them
     
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    How about a commercial rock collection and then let the kids add their own. (not my idea I saw it on a website) We also have some shells I bought at the craft store and a shell identification guide. I think its Lakeshore has these plastic color pannels....I put them on a metal ring and added some color mixing equations (red + yellow = orange, yellow + blue = green, red+ blue = purple) The kids love making the colors and trying to make new colors
     
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    We also enjoy the everchaning collection of live bugs inside from the habitat (like garden) and observation. Then make sure to release them back to where you found them. If they are not biting bugs we often let the children handle them (washing after) they enjoy the worms, rolly polleys, ladybugs and so on. That hooks them to the science area I think.
     
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    Does anyone have any links to places that tell you how to make activity bottles?
     
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    Yes, please!!
    I tried making a few tonight using different combinations of oil, water, food coloring, glitter, and rainbow confetti. WHAT A MESS!!The oil turned cloudy and they just didn't look fun to play with.

    What is the best way to make these activity bottles.
     
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    If you check out dr. jean's site under the activity of the month you will find lots of ideas. Look under February 06.

    http://www.drjean.org/html/monthly_act/act_2006/02_Feb/index.html
     
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    I don't know if it's any of the links or not, but discovery bottles work better if you use mineral oil and dyed water. But you have to wait for it to go on a buy 1/get 1 free 'cause it's expensive. Or check your dollar store for baby oil. I also like to use cheap hair gel with heavier stuff in it. If it's just glitter, it doesn't really move. I also use gorilla glue rather than hot glue guns, 'cause I can never find mine.
     
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    our best oil/water bottles have baby oil inside not cooking oil. Would that help?
     
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    OOh that makes much more sense !!!
     
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    Thank you thank you! ...I love this site !!
     
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    We made them just last week, they love them and it helps with the children that have a hard time "staying still". It really keeps their attention. Thanks
     
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    I made one from one of the links--with the pearlesent powder. (It was 2.79 at AC Moore and one little jar can be used for 5 or 6 bottles; you don't need much powder. But check to see if you've added enough before you seal it.) I used black food coloring and it is AMAZING. I stare at it, mesmerized.
     
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    can you post your directions here.
     
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    I use a clean water bottle; I actually use the water that comes in the bottle. That way I know it's clean and won't grow any little friends. Dump out a little bit of water and add 5 to 7 drops food coloring. Use a small spoon (I used the edge of my scissors...it's what I had nearby!) to dump some of the pearlesent powder in the bottle. Put the lid back on and shake it. If you want more movement from the powder, add more. Then seal the lid with gorilla glue. I forget which link this came from, but it's at the top of the thread. I made some for my class and for another class. I have regular food coloring (red, blue, yellow, green) and fall colors food coloring (burgundy, black, orange, and dark green) and I like the darker fall colors better. The blue, burgundy, and black look really nice.
     
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    Thanks, do you think it would be as cool with glitter-is the powder finer?
     
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    I'm not sure how it would look with the glitter. The powder makes the solution opaque, so I don't know how well you'd see it. Maybe you can try it both ways, make it an experiment for you kids. The powder is very fine. It settles at the bottom between uses and mixes right up when you shake it. It looks like the inside of one of those brain balls the bigger kids have--the ones you squeeze and the oozy brains pop out? And the oozy brain stuff is shiny and shimmery?
     
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    OH, thanks for the visual on that powder. That helps a lot. Those are really pretty.
     

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