Light, Mirror, and Lenses
We have been doing a series of experiments with light. We started out investigating the basic properties of light and mirrors. We read Day Light, Night Light and Light. We used a nail and a flat mirror to determine the focal point of the mirror. We played a neat maze game bouncing the light from mirror to mirror to make it shine on a specific spot.
Taking the next step, we moved on to lenses. We discovered the magnifying effect of a drop of water. It was really neat to see the "Eureka" moment in the kids. They were supposed to look side on and determine the shape of the water drop but that did not really sink in. We then used hand held magnifying lens to look at fingerprints. The children were able to examine the shape of the lens when they could touch all the parts.