Candlelight

by Realo Maria Andrea Olores

#Scienceofplay45

What keeps a fire lit? Is it the wax, the wick or something else? Help your child discover the wonder of fire.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Suitable For: 5-6 years old

Estimated Time: < 15 mins

Environment: Indoors

Learning Framework

  • Physical - Muscle coordination, stability, agility, eye-hand coordination, incorpoartion of locomotor skills such as skipping, galloping and sliding.

  • Intellectual - Predicting, decision-making, organizing, strategic planning

  • Emotional - Confidence, success, sportsmanship, ability to accept loss

  • Social - Teamwork, leadership skills, resolving conflicts

Materials

Step 1

Light the candle with a lighter. Ask your child to note down what they observe.

Step 3

Light the candle again, but this time, cover the candle with a glass jar. Ensure the jar is big enough to reach the base of the candle.

  • Notebook

  • Candle

  • Pencil

  • Lighter

  • Glass jar

Step 2

Blow out the candle and record the results. Records can take the form of notes and drawings.

Step 4

Ask your child to observe what happens to the candle and describe and record what they see. Encourage discussion about the observations and end the session listing important points derived from the records.

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