Children begin to engage with their environment and develop basic understandings of scientific phenomena as early as the infant months. Here are some ways you can create early science experiences with your kids:
- Read children’s books about science.
- Use pictures that represent scientific ideas. For example, pictures of the human body, trees, and flowers are all fun to show babies.
- Engage in science experiments. When you plant flowers, observe bugs, and roll balls, you can have science discussions.
- Connect everyday experiences with scientific ideas. When you take a stroll in the park, you can listen to the birds and talk about the pretty color of the sky.
- Talk about how things often change. Plants and people grow, the wind blows the leaves off the trees in the fall, and the moon looks different at night.
Exposure to these types of scientific concepts during the early years will create a foundation with which kids will build upon for subsequent development!
Activity of the Week
Use crayons or colored pencils and draw pictures of each season with your child. Be detailed and descriptive as you draw and color. Here are some ideas…
- Summer: Green leaves and grass, bright blue skies with a few puffy white clouds, people outside playing, farms growing corn and beans.
- Fall: Leaves turning colors on the trees and falling to the ground, pumpkins on the porch, wind blowing flags, grass turning brown.
- Winter: Bare trees, lawns and bushes covered with snow, footprints in the snow, snowmen in the yard, people dressed up in warm clothes.
- Spring: Flowers blooming with many colors, grass turning green again, birds flying through the air, dark clouds with rain and rainbows.