Teaching children science can be messy, funny, challenging but always rewarding. Through science, children can learn about the world around them by making their own discoveries.
As an educator and mother, I have always encouraged my students and daughters to explore, get dirty and most of all...have fun. Through open exploration children can gain confidence and knowledge while having a messy, good time!
A fun activity for both preschool and school-age children is free exploration. This activity is perfect for the home scientist or a classroom setting:
- Have out bowls of baking soda, powdered laundry soap, sugar, flour, etc.
- Also, have out cups of milk, vinegar, lemon juice, etc.
- Children can use spoons, bowls, cups, eye droppers or pipettes for equipment.
- For more science fun, add food coloring to the liquids.
- Review guidelines with the children: no eating of materials and any mess they make, they clean up. Any person can make a mess, but the real scientists know how to clean up after themselves.
- Once everything is set up, encourage the children to mix different substances together in a cup or bowl and observe what happens. Make sure to have a roll of paper towels available! Great way to contain the mess, is to place their mixing cup/bowl in a cake or pie pan.
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