It's Electric!

Thanks to some parent input and donations the older children have been exploring electricity. We were able to explore electricity through voice, art, movement and experimentation.  

Children were able to teach each other the knowledge they had about the topic.  

M- “Electricity goes into the light switch and powers into the light bulb.”

M- “The switch goes down, something that blocks the electricity goes down, and electricity goes into the light bulb.”

M- “The little line in the light bulb that the swarm of electricity goes into creates force to power it.”

Z- “At my house there is a light without a light in it and I can see the wires.”

R- “Metal conducts electric.”

R- “There is one power plant for each country.”

Some children were interested in creating artwork showing their knowledge of electric.

 K- “This is a yellow light inside a light bulb. The light is so huge. The wire is green and it's going to a place in the switch. The green is in the wall and the light bulb is on the ceiling.”

K- “This is a yellow light inside a light bulb. The light is so huge. The wire is green and it's going to a place in the switch. The green is in the wall and the light bulb is on the ceiling.”

 M- “This is a green sun powered with so much electricity nobody can look at it. And this is a light bulb. Its (the sun is) powering the light bulb.”   

M- “This is a green sun powered with so much electricity nobody can look at it. And this is a light bulb. Its (the sun is) powering the light bulb.”

 

 Z- “This is a light bulb and those are the wires inside.”

Z- “This is a light bulb and those are the wires inside.”

We were able to explore static electricity through balloons and other found objects. Children were intrigued by how this type of electricity was formed and how it could be used to attract objects, including their hair! We also had a little hand eye coordination fun as we played “keep it up”, as the children called it, with the balloons! It is always lovely to allow for those spontaneous moments of growth!

We began exploring current electricity as well. Using graphite, tape, LED lights, and 9V batteries we were able to create our own circuits. What a wonderful use of persistence, patience, teamwork, and problem solving skills!

I plan to continue our study of electricity this week where we will create playdough circuits and potato circuits!

What have you heard your child say they are interested in learning about? Share in the comments below!