Science Week at Footsteps
Last week staff at Footsteps Nursery & Preschool Nursery at Chalfont and Aylesbury introduced children to the wonderful world of science during National Science Week. The nursery ignited children’s interest in this fascinating subject by hosting a week full of science experiments.
Director Kelly Carter says: “All children are natural scientists and explorers given the right opportunities and resources. We felt that National Science Week was the perfect time to have a week full of science activities and celebrate the children’s natural curiosity.”
The experiments during National Science Week included investigating chemical reactions, floating, looking at change through making jelly, painting with syringes, messy play with foam, the 2p experiment with salty water, vinegar & salt, dancing raisins, dissolving ice and making skittle rainbows to name just a few!
Kelly continued: “Exploring a variety of science experiments was really exciting for the children. We chose experiments that we had not done before and that we felt would really allow the children to explore how things happen, why they happen and also to explore change.”
Aylesbury Manager Tasha Hamer continued “The children were full of smiles, laughter, ideas and conversation as we carried out the experiments they thought it was great to be able to get involved (and get messy). From the baby room to the toddlers and pre-schoolers, there was something to amaze everyone.”
The experiments allowed for lots of fantastic learning opportunities and enabled the children to develop their questioning skills when looking at how and why things happen.
Chalfont Manager Kathy added “Making jelly was a firm favourite and the children (and staff) were also absolutely amazed at the simplicity of adding baking soda to vinegar to inflate a rubber glove. Seeing the results allowed the children to feel a real sense of achievement and involving the children in all of the experiments, really allowed them to recall their experiences.”
It was a fantastic week that staff and children all thoroughly enjoyed. At Footsteps we strive to continually provide activities that will fascinate the children and encourage them to explore different aspects of the world around them.