Early Science Exploration
- Let children’s curiosity be the guide.
- Always keep the activities at an appropriate skill level so that science is fun.
- Hands-on experiences will encourage children to observe and explore scientific phenomena.
- Look for activities that will develop observation, comparison, measurement, classification, and communication skills.
- Observation: When outdoors ask your child how we can tell if something is alive. Remember that plants are a good example of how something can be alive even if it doesn’t move, make noise, or eat in a way that we can see. Discuss the ways that things in nature grow and change.
- Comparison: Have your child place items of various sizes and colors in order from smallest to largest or from darkest to lightest. Take a walk and look for the tallest tree and the shortest tree, the biggest leaf and the smallest leaf, the heaviest stone and the lightest stone, etc.
- Measurement: Make a growth chart to monitor your child’s growth. Show him/her how to measure the height of different things to find out how tall they are. Weigh your child and explain how scales measure how heavy something is.
- Classification: Using paper cut-outs or small toys, ask your child to group animals, insects and plants or to separate the different kinds of animals (i.e. animals that swim, animals that fly).
- Communication: Ask your child questions about things around you to encourage them to consider how things work –Why does it snow in winter, what does a caterpillar turn into, what colors do leaves turn in the fall? Always answer your child’s questions and if you do not know the answer try to find out the answer together.
A great kit for young explorers to capture, examine and release real bugs or the plastic ones included (Warning: they’re a choking hazard. This toy is not for children under 3). The kit includes: long handle bug net, bug bottle, tweezers, magnifier, binoculars, and 3 bugs.
Reprinted with the permission of the Parent-Child Home Program, Inc.
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