Do you think of cranberries when you think of fall? This cranberry science activity is an easy and awesome sensory play idea too! Simple set up, simple invitation to play, and an easy science lesson too! We love easy science play and have tons to of science and STEM ideas to share that are perfect for kids. Perfect for Thanksgiving science too.
CRANBERRY SCIENCE PLAY FOR THANKSGIVING
We love pairing science and sensory play for hands on learning. You can also build Cranberry Structures for STEM and fine motor play! You can also check out our cardboard turkey building activity for a fun Thanksgiving themed STEM idea.
Scientists must practice their fine motor skills! Many science tools require fine motor movements, patience, and hand eye coordination, and dexterity. We love using fine motor science activities to strengthen our hands in a really fun way!
A true hands on learning experience that builds on valuable skills for young kids. Science is awesome and really perfect for those curious kids. Plus simple science activities will encourage curiosity in the world around them. Building on observation skills, critical thinking skills, and experimenting skills!
We started off with some simple cranberry science activities including irreversible change. We have been talking about that for a few weeks now as well as reversible change and transformation. We baked a pumpkin to check out irreversible change too! We had a little fun with gumdrop science and STEM as well. Or you can check out our chocolate science for some yummy reversible change!
CRANBERRY SCIENCE SUPPLIES AND SET UP
You will need a bag of fresh cranberries from the produce section of your grocery store. I also have set out a bin of water to create a water sensory play activity along with our cranberry science activity. Prep your tools and you are ready.
Our fine motor tools included a baster, salad tongs and various other tongs, a scoop, and sifter. Take a look in your kitchen drawers for simple fine motor tools. Eye droppers and basters are our favorite and are great for strengthening little hands.
First we tested the fresh cranberries to see if we could smash them as is. We couldn’t. Next we boiled them for a few minutes and then tested again. We could. Plus we made observations by comparing and contrasting the fresh and cooked cranberries.
Remember, these cranberry science activities are great for developing observational skills so ask plenty of questions! What do you see? What do you feel? What do you smell? What is the difference? Use a pair of tongs to increase fine motor skills too.
Sink or float? This cranberry science activity makes great water sensory play. Do cranberries sink or float? Ask your child what they think before you start?
Add your fine motor tools to the water sensory bin for great play. Increase fine motor skills through play! We used a water bottle to make a simple sensory bottle. Sensory bins are great fun for adding fine motor tools.
Lots of room for creative play, science exploration, and sensory play!
Look at all the great fun and learning you can do with a bag of cranberries. Try a recipe on the bag while you are at it!
CRANBERRY SCIENCE AND SENSORY PLAY FOR KIDS
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