Children's Science Activities
Some of my thoughts on preschool science...
Science is a subject that can teach children a lot about how things work, and why they work. From something as simple as what makes a bubble to something as complicated as how does sound travel. Even though this topic is a great thing to have in a preschool classroom I've noticed in teaching Early Childhood Education that a lot of teachers feel uncomfortable with developing ideas for science, and implementing them. Preschool science is not as hard as it sounds. To teach a child how sound travels it's as easy as having them place an ear to a table and knocking on the other end. So many ideas can be added into a science theme by using animals, plants, people, objects, and even nothing at all! Discussion is the best way to study! Children love to share their ideas, and opinions. Especially if it's related to them. So here's a page with some of my ideas, and a few links to websites I use. It's short but resourceful, and I hope you enjoy what you discover!
Science activities that are almost free!
Here's an activity I like to do with children sometimes. It doesn't matter what season it is or what theme your following as you can change the colors you use according to the situation.
Materials: Food coloring, an eye dropper, clear containers, and water.
Procedure: fill a few of the containers with some water, and add a few drops of food coloring to each one. Leave one container empty for them to mix into. The more containers you have the better as the children may want to save their colored water to mix another way later on. Invite the children to use the eye dropper to get samples of a color and place it into an empty container, then invite them to collect a sample of another color and add that to the one they placed the first color in. Ask lot of questions during this activity. Like what happened when the two colors mixed together? What color would they like to make? How can we make this color?
Write it down on a piece of paper as to which colors they mixed to make a certain color. Then compare these examples with others and how they mix their colors. You can even create a graph to show what happens with certain colors and how many times it occurred.
Here's an activity to show children how absorption works. It becomes more fascinating when you add color.. :)
Materials: Strip of cloth, a cup, a pencil, food color, and water.
Procedure: Invite the children to watch, and talk about it as you fill the cup with water, and add color to it. Place the pencil in the cup so that it sits far out of the top of the cup. Use the tip of the pencil to place the strip of cloth on so that the strip sits half in the water and half out of the water. Ask the children what they think will happen. Will the water stay in the cup or climb up the strip of cloth? You can even add a second cup and place it at a lower level, but this time empty. Place one end of the strip of cloth in the water cup and the other end in the empty cup. Observe as the water climbs over the strip of cloth and into the empty cup to fill it up. How does the water get into the cloth? Talk about absorption, and use these activities to allow children to visually explore it.
Many other ideas can be created from these examples, and I hope you have fun with them!
What's Your Favorite Science Subject?
A few links I like to use to get more ideas for science!
The Perpetual Preschool - http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/
Gayle's Preschool Rainbow - http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/
Enchanted Learning - http://www.enchantedlearning.com/
First School - http://www.first-school.ws
Shirley's Preschool Activities - http://www.shirleys-preschool-activities.com
DLTK's Crafts for Kids - http://www.dltk-kids.com