Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Vision Investigation

We are on to the last of our science activities having to do with the senses.  If you want to check out the other activities we did (so you can do them too!) just look at the Science Activities tab up top.

This activity had to do with our vision.  (Once again, from Sid the Science Kid.) The purpose was to demonstrate that our eyes see differently at different distances.  Here's what we did!

  1. Draw simple pictures on a few pieces of paper (one picture per page).  Make them relatively small, so they can not be recognized at a far distance.
  2. Have your child stand as far away from you as possible in your house.  
  3. Hold up the picture and ask your child if they can tell what it is a drawing of. (They should not be able to tell at this point, if they can then try again with a smaller drawing.)
  4. Have your child take a few steps forward and have them guess what the picture is.
  5. Have your child keep coming closer and guessing what it is until they can see it!
  6. Repeat with another picture or another child =)

Talk about how we use our eyes to see and how everyone's eyes are different!  Some people are able to see things farther away than other people can.  I let Trevor put on my glasses and try to see what the picture looked like. Of course he couldn't see through them at all!

Afterward we switched things up and he held the paper for me and I had to guess.  And of course Mackenzie wanted to get in on the action =) Here are some pictures from when Trevor was holding the picture up...

First I stood really far away...down the hall and through the bedroom!

Then I came a little closer to the far end of the hall...

Then to the close end of the hall...

Then Trevor got too excited and ran to meet me in the living room.  Can you tell what the picture is of yet?

Here it is!  A snowman!

Here's Mackenzie taking her turn =)

 This was a really fun investigation.  Trevor had a great time and I bet your preschooler would too!  Get out some paper and a marker, and give it a try!

Happy Looking!

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  1. I love this experiment! We are doing a body series next year for kindergarten and I am going to use this with our science group! Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from Preschool corner.

  2. I hope you and the kids have fun with it! Thanks so much for the comment =)

  3. This looks so fun. I wouldn't have thought of this for a science project. Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

  4. What a fun idea. It looks like you all had a great time!

    Thanks for linking to Fun sparks


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