Wednesday, October 23, 2019

365: Mole Day

October 23 is Mole Day. Mole Day is often celebrated by chemists and chemistry students in commemoration of Avogadro's Number (6.02x10^23). It is set to be celebrated between the hours of 6:02am and 6:02pm. Each year The National Mole Foundation chooses a theme and artwork is submitted. This year's theme was DespicaMOLE Me! In the past, they have done themes like Moley Potter (2018), Pi A La Mole (2004), and We Dig Chemistry (1997).
We took the idea of moles digging and structured our play around that. Jude had two opportunities today to dig through leaves and brush to find some of the rocks we found yesterday (once at home, once at Tinkergarten). I didn't like that Jude struggled to dig them up yesterday with the rocky terrain, so we reused them today in a Jude friendly way. 
Doing a leaf dig is a perfect way to enjoy the autumn weather while doing a sensory activity. It is also a great way to activate the enclosing schema. The enclosing schema helps kids organize and order things and spaces. It also helps them understand spacial boundaries and how things get in and out of those boundaries.

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