Quick summary: This activity is designed to encourage children to observe clouds – their shapes, colours and textures. Children will conduct experiments to create their own clouds on the back of a spoon and in a jar and will be encouraged to think about how this has occurred. Older children will also be introduced to a simple three part structure for scientific inquiry: making predictions, observing results and thinking of possible explanations.
This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.
EYLF Learning Outcome
Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
2. Children develop their emerging autonomy, interdependence, resilience and sense of agency
Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment
Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners
1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
3. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people , place, technologies, and natural and processed materials
Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators
1. Children interact verbally and non verbally with others for a range of purposes
3. Children express ideas and make meaning using a range of media
5. Children use information and communication technologies to access information, investigate ideas and represent their thinking
- Metal teaspoons or small mirrors (one for each child or pair of children)
- Glass jars with lids
- Boiled water
- Aerosol can (e.g.hairspray)
- Article: Sneideman, J.M. (2013) ‘Engaging Children in STEM Education EARLY!’
- Article: Worth, C (2010) ‘Science in Early Childhood Classrooms: Content and Process’
- Article: Cindy Hoisington, C., Chalufour, I., Winokur, J., and Clark-Chiarelli, N. (2014) ‘Promoting Children’s Science Inquiry and Learning Through Water Investigations’
- Document: The Boston Children’s Museum STEM Teaching Guide. This excellent document assists early learning educators in focusing and refining the naturally inquisitive behaviors of three-to-five-year-olds in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).
Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.