Science Activities for Kids: Magnifying Glass ExplorationA few weeks ago I shared a play dough monster science activity that we did with the book Monsters Love Colors. This week, I am continuing with a fall theme-- but not Halloween. We have many beautiful leaves falling from the trees at this time of year. We recently did a little science art with the beautiful fall colors.
We began our study by reading the book, "You can use a Magnifying Glass" by Wiley Blevins. In this informational text book, large, clear illustrations and labels help children to identify the parts and purposes of a magnifying glass. There isn't a great deal of text in this little book, but the clear photos of scientist, police, and jewelers using magnifying glasses give a good introduction to this science tool.
After we observed others using magnifying glasses in the book, we tried it out ourselves.
I use the Bible and Rhyme Curriculum with Tyson (age 3). We also did a fun art activity from the curriculum. I drew a leaf onto contact paper and cut tiny shapes out of fall colored papers. Tyson stuck the little shapes all over the leaf. We worked together on this. I filled in the outline and he filled in the center. He loved doing the activity, but it was tedious fine motor work for a three year old. He seemed to enjoy my help! The leaf looks like a colorful leaf from a distance. When you walk up close, or look with a magnifying glass, you can see the individual shapes in the leaf.
We also went outside and collected leaves and observed those with our magnifying glass.
We have several favorite leaf themed books that we read after observing those leaves.
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