Today in Kids' Workshop, we offered various tools for exploring some of our natural-found materials a little further. Children used magnifying glasses, a scale, tape measurers and the digital microscope to investigate some of the physical properties of our materials- properties like weight, size, and texture. We used the camera feature of the digital microscope to capture images of some of the materials close up. Cassius discovered there are tiny white dots on a pine leaf when held under the lens!
Rose: Look! Look at this! This is so awesome! Look at all of the lines (on the maple leaf).
Jay: (While using the microscope) Look, this is one pound.
Mac: (While looking at the rotting osage orange through the magnifying glass) I think this is poisonous chocolate.
Some other children worked with clay to explore the different imprints that our materials would make on the rolled out slabs. Max thought that the imprints from the conker (or osage orange) looked like tiny finger prints.
We enjoyed the last part of our day, of course, in the outdoor classroom. A group-wide script developed involving pirates, who morphed between good-sides and bad, and a family of mermaids.
Jay: I am the King of mermaid Rose. I am King Titan! We're mermaids.
Ellee: I am princess Ariel of the sea!
Cassius: We are good pirates to the mermaids, but bad pirates to the adults.
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