This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Del Sol. The opinions and thoughts are all mine.
As are most 4-year-olds, my daughter is obsessed with all things Disney and my son is obsessed with Superheroes. The combination of Halloween and the recent onslaught of holiday toy commercials has ramped the obsession up to a whole new level.
In an attempt to get a jump on my Christmas shopping (which I admit is done 97 percent online in our house) I took the opportunity to sample some very cool Disney and Marvel color-changing T-shirts courtesy of Del Sol, to see if they’d make good gifts for my kids and other family members.
Needless to say, they were a hit! The kids insisted on wearing their Minnie Mouse and Avengers shirts two days in a row, so they could show them off at preschool. And, with this Autumn Summer weather we’ve been having, they’ve been jumping in and out of leaf piles and “experimenting” with their shirts while riding bikes around the neighborhood, weaving in and out of the shadows and sun beams. Even with seventeen nieces and nephews, ranging from 4-months to 24-years old, this year’s shopping is done. Del Sol’s smart color-changing technology will appeal to “kids” of all ages.
The excitement over their new T-shirts and sudden enthusiasm for color experiments also gave me the idea for this month’s “Math Mom STEM Lab” featured activity.
COLOR THEORY &
GENERATING A HYPOTHESIS
This Activity Can Help to Enhance:
- Critical Thinking Skills
- Theory/Hypothesis Development Skills
- Color Theory/Art Skills
- Observational Skills
- Teamwork/Group Play Skills
- Mathematics Vocabulary
COST: Free (or almost)
- Red, Yellow & Blue Food Coloring
- 3 or more Clear Containers (such as clear plastic cups or Tupperware containers)
- 1 or more Non-See-Through Contain (a toy teapot works great)
- Kids smock or apron (optional but highly recommended)
1. Fill three containers with water and add a drop or two of red coloring to the first; yellow to the second; blue to the third.
2. Ask your child to venture a guess (generate a hypothesis) as to what will happen if she combines red and yellow, yellow and blue, and so on.
3. Combine the desired colors in the non-see-through container and have your child pour the contents out to reveal the result and support or prove their hypothesis incorrect.
4. Get messy, have fun, and continue experimenting!
Helping a Child to Generate a Hypothesis
Generally, the development of a hypothesis (informed guess) is based on what you already know about a specific topic and the vast trove of knowledge and experience you have surrounding that topic.
Because they have far fewer experiences and very little formal education to call upon, kids are usually very poor at coming up with all of the possibilities and forming a hypothesis. Have fun with this and help your child by brainstorming together and generating a long list of guesses, no matter how silly some may seem.
In the spirit of the season, try investigating the following question: Why do leaves change color and fall off trees in Autumn? And, developing a list of possibilities.
A few of my kids’ thoughts:
- They are cold and tired
- The want to be prettier than the grass
- Butterflies and caterpillars poop on them
- The rain washes out all of the green and then the sun burns them
A kid-friendly version of the truth: Leaves contain “tree food” called chlorophyll, which is green. The tree needs to prepare to sleep through a long, cold winter, so it slowly eats up all of the green food from it’s leaves and stores it deep inside its trunk. As the tree eats up all of the green food from the leaves you start to see the other colors in the leaf that all of that green was covering up. When there is no green food left, the tree lets the leaves go. But, in the spring, when the sun is warm enough to take care of new baby leaves, they will grow again to feed the tree for another season.
ACTIVITY ENHANCEMENT IDEA:
What makes the color change on my Del Sol shirt?
Develop a hypothesis and an experiment to test that hypothesis. What happens if you put it under a lamp or shine a flashlight on it? What happens if you go outside? Are the colors brighter in the sun or in the shade? What happens when you come back indoors?
A kid-friendly version of the truth: While indoors, organic crystals embedded in the fabric are in their dormant state. Only when exposed to sunlight do the the crystals twist, turn and expand to reveal colors. (COOL FACT: Very bright, vivid colors let you know the UV index is high.)
ADDITIONAL FALL-FRIENDLY ENHANCEMENT IDEAS:
Go on a “rainbow” scavenger hunt searching for colored leaves and elements found in nature. Ask kids to start by finding something “Red” then “Orange” then “Yellow” … Create a rainbow using your finds!
If the colors are starting to fade in your area, focus your search on the colors that are still available and create a collage with your found items. (ANOTHER IDEA: Gloves and/or trash grabbers also provide the opportunity to create a trash collage and clean up the neighborhood in the process!)
How can you get your hands on Del Sol color-changing products and conduct your own kid-approved STEM color experiments at home?
Visit DelSol.com before November 30, 2015 and receive 30% OFF all Disney and Marvel Color-Changing t-shirts, using Coupon Code: ColorChange2418.