At Redmarley we have been exploring fireworks and talking about the concepts of light and dark. We started by moving around like fireworks (using our torches to paint with light) to Handel’s “Music for Royal Fireworks.”
The children enjoyed using the torches: they shone them on the glittery playdough, playing with the light to make it sparkle even brighter; we threw a blanket over a Tuff Tray to make a dark den for making light patterns by shining the torch through different objects; and they danced around with the torches observing the way the light danced with them. They discovered that the torch seemed to glow brighter when the lights were off. This is something they want to investigate further, so we will use different materials for our dark dens tomorrow and see what happens when we black out the windows.
Some of the children had seen fireworks before and could tell us about them, most of the children knew about fire and were eager to talk more about that. The children decided they wanted to make a fire outside. We went for a walk, gathered up sticks, twigs and leaves to put on the fire and brought them back to use on our bonfire tomorrow. The children are looking forward to helping build a fire and making damper dough to cook on it. I wonder which will burn better, the wet sticks we found on the grass or the dry sticks we found sheltered under the trees? I guess we’ll find out tomorrow, when our little scientists investigate further.