In our classroom, we engage in experiments. Children who participate in active investigations to learn about their environment and experiences are engaging in the real work of scientists. They are asking questions, investigating, and trying our their ideas to find answers.
The pumpkin investigation project engages the children in discovering what is inside the pumpkin. They find slimy stuff and seeds. We talked about what would happen if we planted this seed outside this next spring? They each took turns putting their hands inside the pumpkin talking about what they felt. Preschool benchmarks reached 11.A.ECc plan and carry out simple investigations. They all tried putting their hands in the pumpkin some liked the squishy others not so much. We then made a pumpkin investigation paper pumpkin.