Tag Archives: Pre-school day

Pre-school Day: Autumn

The nights draw in and the air takes on a chill, and leaves crunch beneath your feet on the pavement. Autumn has definitely arrived.

But autumn is beautiful, in all its many colours. The greens fade, the reds appear, and the oranges and yellows shine through.

Most leaves are normally green due to chlorophyll, which is a chemical needed for the plant to make its own food using energy from sunlight.… Read more

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Pre-school day: everybody walk the dinosaur

This post is guest written by Medhavi Kakkar, Public Engagement Intern at Life.

Dino Jaws at Life Science CentreImagine a dinosaur, any dinosaur. Yes, even Barney the dinosaur. Does the one you’ve imagined have a long tail?

Have you ever wondered what these tails were used for? Were they used for grasping objects like monkey tails?… Read more

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Pre-school day: mixing colours

Cute little girl with painted hands.

We all know what you get when young children mix paint: every possible shade of… brown. I don’t really understand brown – one of the most common colours on earth, and I can’t quite work it out.

Colours of paint absorb some colours of light and reflect others. White light is made up of a whole spectrum of colours, the result of different lengths of light waves.… Read more

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Pre-school day: wind power

Mother and daughter having fun outdoors, playing with pinwheelWind is fun. (All right, who giggled? No, not that kind of wind.)

We’re surrounded by air all the time, and apart from the fact that we keep on breathing, we don’t pay it much attention. Unless it’s moving. Wind can feel like we’re being hit in the guts with a wheelie bin – it has power, it has menace, it has character.… Read more

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Pre-school Day: super furry animals

Pre-school Day at Life Science CentreThis post is guest written by Faye Curtis, Public Engagement Intern at Life.

An interesting mission as a new intern: design the next Pre-school Day activity!

I tried to approach it by thinking about the things that little people like most. One of the first things that came to mind was animals.… Read more

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Pre-school Day: Superheroes

Pre-school Day: SuperheroesEvery child is a superhero.

Think about the changes that their bodies experience in the first couple of years of life: They go from seeing fuzzy light and dark no further than a parent’s face, to understanding shapes and colours at a huge range of depths by the age of 6-8 months.… Read more

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Pre-school Day: light and dark

Sometimes we have profound reasons for our choices of pre-school day activities. Sometimes we choose things mainly for convenience. Sometimes we are inspired by what’s in front of us, or something we’ve heard about recently.

This pre-school day, my decision is no more profound than what popped into my head as I walked around the LEGO® exhibition.… Read more

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Pre-school Day: Slime

Enjoying slime at the International Centre For Life in NewcastleSlime. That word fills my mind with all kinds of others. Gooey. Slippery. Icky. Gloopy. Squishy. Yucky. Runny. Squelchy. Messy. Sloppy. Squidgy….(ok, I’ll stop – I‘m having far too much fun there).

Slime is wonderful stuff to make and play with as long as you don’t mind a bit of mess.… Read more

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Pre-school Day: Eat a Rainbow!

This post is guest written by Carole Marshall, Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition and Food Science at Northumbria University.

Healthy fruit and vegetable nutrition for kidsBeige may be a good neutral colour for your living room, but it’s definitely not a colour to dominate your plate.

Fresh, brightly coloured foods provide a whole range of nutrients to your body, but synthetically coloured foods like sweets can be detrimental to your child’s health and affect their behaviour.… Read more

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Pre-school Day: hands-on

HandsHands are fascinating. Just how well do you know the back of your hand? Wrinkled, smooth or hairy, every hand is different. They do so much for us. Imagine life without them for a moment, and the different solutions those without the use of hands have to find. We use our hands to move, to feed, to make.… Read more

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