Monday, January 26, 2015

Play with Light at Home: Northern Lights

Glowing Lights - the Power of Creative Play

Exploring Northern Lights with preschoolers is like discovering these bright phenomena all over again. To the Laboratory! is a theme for November at Poppins Book Nook. We got out our favorite winter book and got busy playing with the light, exploring geometric solids, and building the night sky in a box.  You can find our previous Poppins Book Nook activities here: Poppins Book Nook.

Northern Lights

Our favorite book of the month is "Northern Lights" by Nick Hunter. This truly beautiful book with all the bright colors of the sky and impressive photographs on every page captured My Firefly's attention immediately. The book is intended for 6-8 year olds, but we read some and discussed some, looked at the pictures - an amazing success for this preschooler.

We reused our "Universe in the box" - the description can be found here: Space Preschool Activities.

The light source and any transparent shapes are all that is needed for this activity. We pretended the light was the sun shining. Our set up: "the night sky", a paper castle we had - just for the fun of it, the toy box turned upside down, Geometric Solids by Learning resources.

My Firefly loved observing and manipulating the Northern Lights. The fantastic shapes and shadows in our night sky were changing when moving "the sun". She also observed the effect of turning "the sun" on and off.

She wouldn't fully understand the physics of the amazing light show at this age. But it was clearly observed that
  • the Sun sends out light, heat, and the invisible solar wind,
  • the solar wind hits something in the air that causes the bright colors of the Northern Lights.
  • we are yet to explore the magnets. The extended activity would be to play with magnets to learn how Earth sends the solar wind away to display the gorgeous light show near the North and South Pole.

Exploring the Sun: Sunset and Sunrise

Pictured below: At the end, we added a looking glass to the activity. The effect was awesome! We were able to create the sunset and sunrise; and talked about the change of the night and day. This turned out to be the most exciting part for My Firefly.

To the Laboratory

It's time for a Poppins Book Nook - a book club that goes live on the last Monday of each months.
You can find our previous Poppins Book Nook books and activities here:

The theme for this month is "To the Laboratory". This is a very exciting topic - it calls for all things holiday cooking and quality family time. Visit the hosts of Poppins Book Nook to find out what the kids were up to, their adventures and discoveries in the kitchen.

The wonderful bloggers that participate in the Poppins Book Nook are:  Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~ Simple Living Mama

To the Laboratory Bundle Giveaway!

Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers
a chance to win a brand new storybook
that ties in with our theme for the month.
This month one lucky entrant will win
the Ultimate Gruffalo Giveaway.
The winner will enjoy twice the magical enchantment in the double feature of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child! The beautifully animated films based on the best-selling books are now together on DVD from NCircle Entertainment!
And the fun doesn’t stop there as they will also win a storybook of the Gruffalo and Gruffalothemed plush too!

Entrants must be 18years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook and this month’s prize bundle will be sent to the winner directly from this month’s sponsor NCircle Entertainment. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as EnchantedHomeschooling Mom's disclosuresfound here {}.  Just enter the Rafflecopterbelow to win:  
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