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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Bubbling Pumpkin Experiments

Bubbles, science experiments, dry ice, and pumpkins! What more could you ask for in the fall?!!

We start doing pumpkin and Halloween science experiments as soon as we can--and the pumpkins usually show up in grocery stores towards the end of September!

This awesome set of experiments also features dry ice, another favorite science tool around here. (Check out our collection of dry ice experiments here!) More on the dry ice in a moment!


* 1 carved pumpkin
* 1 cleaned, but not carved pumpkin (optional)
* small cup
* warm water
* dry ice
* dry ice gloves or tongs
* tea candle or two
* liquid dish soap

Anyway, to get started clean your pumpkin and carve a face. We named ours Bob.

HINT: Leave about 3 inches below your face so you have room for a container of dry ice and a candle for your experiments.

HINT 2: Make sure your opening at the top is wide enough to easily get your hand and a small cup inside. ;)


Light, Candles, Fire, and Air:

Place a small candle or two inside the pumpkin and light it. If you have a hollowed out, but not carved pumpkin to compare to, that is AWESOME!

Discuss how the light from the candle travels out the face of the pumpkin. Put the lids on both pumpkins, and wait about a minute (depending on the size of your pumpkins). Does anything happen in the carved pumpkin? What about the uncarved pumpkin? (The candle in the uncarved pumpkin should go out because the flame burns all the oxygen available in the pumpkin.)

Now place a piece of dry ice next to the burning candle in the carved pumpkin. What happened!! Discuss why. (The candle should go out because the dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide. At room temperature, dry ice sublimates, or goes directly from a solid to a gas. The gas (carbon dioxide) is heavier than oxygen, so it pushes the oygen up and away from the candle. As the carbon dioxide surrounds the flame, the candle goes out.)


Dry Ice ~ Carbon Dioxide

Remove the candle and make sure the dry ice is in a small bowl or shallow cup. Do not touch the ice directly. Use either tongs or dry ice gloves. Add a little warm water to the bowl or cup, and replace the lid on the pumpkin! What happens?!!

The dry ice should sublimate more quickly in the warm water, and you should have a nice cloud come pouring out the mouth of your pumpkin!

Go ahead and let everyone touch the "smoke." How does it feel? Is it warm or cold? What happens to it?

Experiment with adding more water and more ice.


Now it's time for fun with bubbles!

Squirt some dish soap in your bowl/cup and make sure it is aimed towards the mouth (otherwise, you will just fill your pumpkin with bubbles!). You may also want to add more dry ice and warm water. What happened?!!

The gaseous carbon dioxide is like blowing bubbles into a bowl of soapy water. The bubbles rise up and spill out whereever they fit! (For another really awesome, hands-on bubbly pumpkin experiment, click here!)

Go ahead and try other experiments with your supplies and see what you can discover! Always treat dry ice carefully, and never touch it directly!

Do you love Halloween and Pumpkin season?!! If so, I have some fantastic resources for you here:


Aaaand some of my blogging friends and I have joined together to bring you some amazing hands-on Halloween science activities! Check these out:

Fluffy Zombie Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands will thrill all your little zombie-hunters!

Discovering a Pumpkin: STEM Investigation from Share it! Science is perfect for the little people in your life! Set it up for a preschool science station!

Halloween Fun:  Spider Science Activities for Kids from Growing With Science goes great with our annual Spider Theme in October!

Halloween Ghost Balloons at Mama Smiles is a classic experiment everyone should try!

Halloween Science: Static Electricity Ghosts from The Homeschool Scientist are a great way to tie Chemistry into the Halloween science fun!

Bubbling Pumpkin Experiments is right here at Preschool Powol Packets!

Halloween Robot Spider Craft at Inspiration Laboratories is another great addition to a preschool spider theme!

Halloween Rock Painting for Kids using Physics From Engineer to Stay at Home Mom ties in the rock painting trend with science and Halloween!

Do you have a favorite fall or Halloween activity? I'd love to hear about!! Feel free to send me an email, leave a comment, or drop by my Preschool Powol Packets Facebook page and say Hi!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

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Foil Leaf Preschool Art

We're sharing this leaf preschool art project as part of the Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids' leaf theme this week!

This colorful preschool art project lets your kiddos exercise their fine motor skills while designing a cool leaf, engaging in a unique sensory art experience, and reading a favorite fall book! And it's super easy to set up...I literally spent 30 seconds gathering supplies!

Simple Supplies:

* outdoor area with lots of leaves
* permanent markers
* aluminum foil
* scissors
* paper towels or butcher paper to cover your work area

How to Make Foil Leaves Preschool Art:

1- First go outside and find "inspiration" leaves. Compare their sizes, shapes, and colors. (hands on math!)

2- Choose your favorite leaf. Let your kiddos trace it onto the aluminum foil. Younger preschoolers will need help with this. (I included toddlers in our preschool day and pre-traced a few leaves for them.) If your leaves have big veins, you can place it under the foil and make rubbings onto the foil by rubbing the leaf with a plastic spoon. We had a few kids try this, but most of the patterns were smashed by the next step.  ;)

3- Use the permanent markers to decorate the leaves! This is such a fantastic sensory experience that my older kids couldn't help joining in too! The permanent markers feel so different on foil than any crayons, markers, or pencils feel on paper. You might find yourself needing to make a few leaves too!

4- Display your leaves! I absolutely love making leaf garlands in the fall, (sidenote: check out our sparkly leaf garland) so we hung them on a string for a bit. I couldn't leave them up too long, though, because they kids all wanted them back! They would also look great (and transport easily) on a construction paper background.

Are you getting ready for a leaf theme this fall? Check out my collection of leaf activities and printables!! 

AND be sure to join in the Virtual Book Club for Kids for even more leaf themed fun! The action all happens in the Facebook group HERE. And the fun ideas start with these blogs:

Foil Leaf Preschool Art (right here!)
Spell Your Name With Leaves - Clare's Little Tots
Leaf Measurement and Sorting Activity - Inspiration Laboratories
Fall Sensory Bin-The Moments at Home
Autumn Leaves Crayon Rubbing - Mama Smiles
Cinnamon spiced autumn leaf cookies - Rainy Day mum
Nature Color Hunt - My Bored Toddler

Leaf Printing - CrArty Kids
Fall Color Leaf Viewer -JDaniel4's Mom
Pre-Writing Activity Leaf Theme - The OT Toolbox
Collaborate Leaf Tree with Cutting Practice from My Storytime Corner
Fall Leaf Movement Activity with Sidewalk Chalk
Fall Leaf Color Stomp- Toddler Approved
Fall Leaf Shape Match- Teach Beside Me

And be sure to share a leaf themed book with your kiddos! Nothing will help them more in preschool than reading with you! We're featuring Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf (image below is an Amazon Affiliate Link):

Do you have a favorite leaf themed activity? I would LOVE to hear about it! Feel free to send me an email, leave a comment, or stop by my Preschool Powol Packets Facebook page!

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Monday, September 11, 2017

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Apple Piece Names

Use this apple themed way to practice spelling and recognizing names as you start school this year!

We are kicking off the school year with apple themed activities for the Virtual Book Club for Kids!  Today I'm sharing a super simple (and edible!) way for your kiddos to practice spelling their names!

This is doubly fun because you can nibble on apples, talk about letters, and spend time with your kiddos' names all at the same time!

Preparation is easy! Use a marker to write each child's name on a piece of colored paper and slide the paper inside a sheet protector. The colored paper makes a nicer contrast for the apple slices, but white paper works also.

Give each child a pile of apple sticks and let them "build" their name using the paper as a guide!

Are you doing an apple theme this year? If so, you should check out my collection of apple activities--everything from science and math to literacy! Just CLICK HERE to go to our apple theme activities!  (One of our favorites is the edible bubble science!)

Like I mentioned earlier, this week's Virtual Book Club is all about apples too! Our highlighted book is Ten Red Apples! (Image below is an Amazon affiliate link:)

Check out our co-hosts' apple themed activities:

Apple Tree Alphabet Letter Match - Still Playing School
Apple Piece Names - Preschool Powol Packets
Sea of Knowledge - Apple Addition within 5 Dough Strips
Fingerprint Apple Counting Activity - Messy Little Monster
Red apple number bonds to 10 - Rainy Day Mum
Apple picking sticky wall - views from a Step stool
Baked Apples - Witty Hoots
Apple Stack Game and Snack- Toddler Approved
Apple Theme STEM Activity for Preschoolers - The Educators' Spin On It
Apple Farm Song with Movement - My Storytime Corner
Ten Red Apples: Number Words Activities- Growing Book by Book
Apple Tree Gross Motor Game - Inspiration Laboratories
Apple Sewing - CrArty Kids
Visual Perception Apple Activity - The OT Toolbox
Apple Tree Playdough - Clare's Little Tots

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Friday, September 8, 2017

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Leaf Activities for Preschool Leaf Theme

Even though most trees don't lose their leaves in Houston, we still like to do either a preschool leaf theme or a tree theme every fall!

These preschool leaf activities are sorted into the following categories:

Leaf Science
Leaf Arts and Crafts
Leaf Math
Leaf Language Arts
Other Leaf Activities

To get more details about each activity, CLICK ON THE TEXT BELOW THE PICTURE.  ;)

Leaf Science:


Leaf Art & Crafts - Fine Motor Exercise:



Leaf Math:

Leaf Language Arts:

Other Leaf Activities:

What is your favorite leaf activity? Is there one you do with your preschoolers every year? I'd love to hear from you!

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