Preschool Physical Science Activity {Leaf Pounding}

leafactivityforpreschoolers Preschool Physical Science Activity {Leaf Pounding}
Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
~ Henry David Thoreau

With the coming of spring, we’ve been discussing botany for a few months now. This leaf activity is a perfect segue and compliment to botany lessons. The activity integrates physical science, movement and fresh air. Lovely combination, right? Thank you to my Montessori Physical Sciences instructor at MEIPN.

leafactivitymaterials Preschool Physical Science Activity {Leaf Pounding}

Leaf Pounding

 

Materials Needed for Physical Science Activity

  • 2 wooden blocks
  • 2 rubber bands
  • 1 piece of fabric
  • Plants
  • Magnifying Glass

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Approach for Physical Science Activity

  • Gather the children
  • Ask them to find a partner and collect the materials needed for the activity
  • Go outside
  • Ask the children to gather a leaf or two
  • Demonstrate how to set up the leaf on the block with the elastic bands (you may have to help out the children)
  • Pound away
  • Examine outside the fabric, then peel off to examine the other side

 

Tips for Physical Science Activity

  • Integrate language like hard, soft, slow, fast, pressure, light, surface area
  • Ask questions using these words: “what do you observe when you use the base of the block? What about trying the corner edge?”
  • You’ll find the children will begin to explore other approaches to test how their method may work compared to another
  • Gather the group back together again and bring in botany by identifying the parts of  the plant
  • Encourage the children to display their leaves. They do make beautiful art pieces!

 

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Thank you for choosing to read this post today! Check out my Pinterest Boards on Nature Activities for Kids, Montessori Science and Montessori Botany! You’ll find all sorts of ideas on those boards!

Marnie


Comments

  1. I love this idea! My kids would get a kick out of all the pounding, and this is a perfect activity to accompany a unit on plants. Thanks for sharing!
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  2. This is really interesting. Does the leaf get transferred to the material or just the color and shape of it remains on the material?

  3. Oh wow – love the leaf pounding!

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday showcase.
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