COSI Blog
22
July
2014

Two year olds explore water in its different forms!

Young children learn through their senses and it was a sensory bonanza at KinderCare preschool in Reynoldsburg on June 18 as the COSI team presented its Science at your Fingertips workshop to two groups of toddlers. 

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The children marvel as team member, Erica makes colorful snow by mixing yellow and blue water coloring to make the snow attractive to young eyes.

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This toddler is having a ball pushing and scooping the snow. She picks it up and feels its texture and temperature.

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We know that so much of what young kids learn is from experimentation. This supervised experiment allows toddlers to take colorful pieces of ice and slide them down a plastic board. The children experienced how quickly the ice moved along the board and what happened when the two different colored pieces of ice collide and begin to melt. In addition, they practiced using words like “melt”, “slide” and “collide.”

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Toddlers love to splash and play with water, they got lots of opportunity during this session! Using spoons, cups and colanders, students explored how water moves through different objects.

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Jennifer Sweeney

Jennifer Sweeney, a native of Columbus, has recently relocated from San Jose, California where she spent the past seven years managing school readiness and early childhood intervention programs. Jennifer is currently an intern in COSI’s Little Kidspace.  As an outreach assistant, she helps implement science-focused workshops to preschools and community based  organizations all over central Ohio.  Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Hanover College and is currently working on an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Development and Education from Columbus State Community College. She and her husband Mark live in Reynoldsburg with their six year old twins Emma and Bode. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys yoga, reading, travel, and hiking.

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