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Activities For Children Going Into Kindergaten

Updated on August 23, 2015

Why Did I Hub About This

So, most days I have both my niece, Arybella (3), and my nephew, Braxton(5). They both are wild at heart and they don't always see eye to eye with each other. They tend to bicker and yell at one another. So I thought to myself, all they need is something to keep them occupied and having fun. The second I said "activities" they both were so excited and happy. Braxton and I performed the Science in the window together. Then the others, we all three enjoyed.

Kids are full of life and energy all the time. They need something stimulating to keep them occupied and having enough fun to satisfy their need to shout and run. All you need to do is interact with a fun activity and their needs are completely fulfilled.

I hope all the parents out there enjoy this, because this once frustrated uncle is now happy to take care of his niece and nephew.

Supplies
Large Zip-lock Bag
1/2 Cup Dirt ( Potting Soil/Backyard Dirt)
Spray Bottle
Tape
Sunny Window

Science in the Window

Nature is an easy topic to start of with your youngster. Seeing as how they see different things happening around them each day, teaching them what it all is about should be simple and engaging for both of you. This helps them learn about the water cycle that goes on when it rains.

This was the first activity Braxton and I did together. I told him that we were going to make it rain in a bag and he became very excited, and confused. He wanted to know how we were going to accomplish this, since it only rains outside.

So we performed the instructions, and then I told him that we had to wait. He sat patiently and kept his eye on it. Then a cloud form and he told me "it's going to rain" and I confirmed his observation. He waited and waited, and then the condensation slowly started dripping down. He was so happy and excited to have made it rain in a bag.

An added plus, is that the dirt we used had flower seeds in it and now we are slowly but surely growing a flower in a bag.

Instructions

  1. Assist your child in adding the dirt to the Zip-lock bag.
  2. Give your child the spray bottle and let them spray the dirt until moist (not muddy).
  3. Zip the bag shut tightly.
  4. Tape to a well lit and sunny window.
  5. Watch the MAGIC!

What's Happening?

Watch the bag! It will become cloudy as the moisture evaporates and forms a foggy cloud inside the bag. Depending upon your specific conditions (where the window is, how much sunlight is available, outside temperature at the window) this could take two to three hours, or could take overnight. Once the “cloud” inside the bag can hold no more moisture, your child will notice “rain” coming down the inside walls of the bag. Open and gently mist the bag again, tape to the window, and watch the whole cycle repeat itself.

Observing and predicting are two key skills that help your child become a more focused thinker. Extend his or her thinking by preparing several bags and taping them to windows on opposite sides of the house. Also, let your child predict and then observe what happens when more or less moisture is misted into a bag.

Ocean In A Bottle

My niece and nephew had a great time making this. They are an interactive activity to create, as well as to play with later.

You take your bottle, making sure that it is clean inside and out, and fill them 3/4 of the way with water.

Next you take the cooking oil (it doesn't matter what kind we used Canola) and fill it almost all the way up. Next at a little bit of dish soap, and 3 drops of the blue food coloring.

Put the cap on the bottle, if you are scared of them opeining glue it shut, and let them shake and shake and shake.

After it is settled you will see a white foam at the top, have them slowly tip it upside down and viola, you now have a moving ocean in a bottle.

Supplies
1 Large Bottle
Cooking Oil
Water
Blue Food Coloring
Dish Soap

Glow in the Dark Containers

My nephew is to a stage where he is afraid of the dark, and so I thought this would be a perfect activity for him. We all three gathered around our table and I had two old jam jars, so I decided I would use those. I also had glow in the dark puzzle glue from Braxton's puzzles we are going to glue together.

So once again you begin with making sure both inside and out of your container are clean. Then I used old bottle caps and put some glue and food coloring in them and mixed them up. Then I showed them both what to do and let them go to town on it.

I left the bottom of the jar clear so that it would get some light inside the jar as well. Then as an added touch, I had some glow in the dark stars and I glued one to the bottom of each of their jars.

Then I let them sit under a light for about half an hour and took them into a dark room to show Braxton and Arybella how they worked. Their faces lit up just as bright as the jars.

Needless to say Braxton isn't as scared anymore.

Supplies
Small Glass Container
Glow in the Dark Glue
Food Coloring
Paint Brushes
Supplies
Finger Paints
Paper Towels/Wet Wipes
Any Size Paper
Hands and Feet

Hand and Foot Prints

Who said the classics were out dated. Braxton and Arybella enjoyed themselves just like most parents did when they stuck their hands in paint.

If you aren't absolutely sure about how to go about this, don't worry. The instructions are here.

First wash the hand and the foot that will be stuck in the paint. Make sure to have plenty of paper towels or wet wipes handy for clean up.

I let them pick their own colors. Arybella chose orange and green, while Braxton chose red and blue.

First you put the paint on a plate and spread it around to make sure you get the whole hand.

As these were going to be gifts for their parents, I helped them place their hands and feet in position as they pressed them on the paper. If you would rather them be creative, and let them do their own thing, I would highly suggest a garbage bag under the paper for an easier clean up.

They both had a messy time and the finished products came out great.

I hope you enjoyed this, as much as I enjoyed doing them with my niece and nephew. I hope you liked that it wasn't just some website telling you how it was to be done, but that it was from a real person who actually performed the activities and shared the results.

I hope to hear from you, and see how your experience with your children turned out.

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