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Butterfly Chromatography

Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek

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For a great color activity to go with this book, Katie Murtha suggests the following link:


My Five Senses  by Margaret Miller

This was a great book to introduce to preschoolers the concept of your five senses!


For the activity, we used a marshmallow to talk about our senses. Each child used hand sanitizer and then received a marshmallow. First, we touched the marshmallow and talked about it being squishy and gooey on the inside. We smelled the marshmallow and talked about the sweet smell. We looked at the marshmallow and came up with some words to describe how it looked. Then we tried to hear the marshmallow and while most of us didn’t think it had a sound, one child said he could hear it squishing in his ear. Finally, we tasted the marshmallow and everyone agreed that it was delicious!


I Feel a Foot by Maranke Rinck

We have been working on our 5 senses in Preschool Storytime and this turned out to be a fun book to share for sense of touch.


I made a series of “touch bags”. They were paper lunch bags with various items inside. I would have the children put their hand into the bag to see if they could guess what was inside. Some of the items that were used in the bags were: cotton balls, feathers, seashell, Legos, and a spoon.

Rebecca Reitz, Librarian, New York Hall of Science, has shared the following link to a list of science story books she has created. Thank you, Rebecca! Enjoy, everyone!


Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans

Find a great slideshow of endangered animals at http://www.endangered.org/campaigns/endangered-species-day/science-lesson-plan/.

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A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke

Talk about how Minerva’s friends stayed warm by putting their beaks under their wings. Have the children try putting their own “beaks” under their “wings”. If you have a stuffed chicken, place it in a “nest” with “bedding.” Chickens can stay warm by eating a bedtime snack, and they may not have lips, but their caretakers can use petroleum jelly on their combs and wattles to keep them from “chapping.”

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Water Cycle

All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon, Katherine Tillotson

Water Dance by Thomas Locker

Make a shaving cream cloud in a glass of water and add blue dye. See http://www.hookedonscience.org as a reference.

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