Science and technology are part of everyday life. To minimise parents worrying about children falling behind in these areas, introducing these topics to your little ones early in life is key. This is why great preschool or childcare centre started moving beyond just watching children or teach them numbers and letters, to getting them involved in science and technology projects. Nevertheless, if you’re worried, it’s always best to also explore such subject matter with your children at home to expand their cognitive functions.
Here are some ideas you may consider before delving into exploration with your children:
Science exploration is fun, but know your children will only be as excited about it as you are. In such heavy subject matter instilling curiousity is key. So, when they ask you questions, such as why the grass is green or why the sun is so bright, it’s more about helping them find the answers rather than just give it to them. While it can be challenging to constantly be bombarded with questions, in encourage them to do so you can and will foster an interest in science.
The most important thing is the combination of letting your child explore and trying things out before giving them the right answer, while understanding that these explorations can be messy. So teach them through their mistakes and make clean-up fun before starting that next project.
If you are planning science activities for preschoolers, it is key to choose topics they are interested in.
That said, remember to also keep in mind their age and existing knowledge about the topic, during the planning process. If you can make something that they can play with, that’s even better!
Science Experiment Examples
There are many science experiments for young children. They will feel like scientists with each new project. Some neat suggestions include:
- Making slime by mixing borax and glue. Your child will learn science and have something new to play with for a few hours.
- Grow rock candy in a glass, which will illustrate the crystallisation process.
- Make invisible ink using lemon juice and a heat source. Your children can learn about primary and secondary colours as they create walking rainbows in water with food colouring. Y
- Make a lava lamp out of Alka-Seltzer, oil and water.
Don’t forget building projects either. Such as:
- Marshmallow catapult from popsicle sticks, plastic spoons and rubber bands.
- Showing them how parachutes work with a plastic bag and their favourite lightweight toy.
Showing kids how science works in food can be particularly fun. Let them shake their energy away as they create a delicious treat. Some projects could include:
- Making butter by giving them a carton of heavy whipping cream to shake
- Making homemade ice cream. What child doesn’t love ice cream!?
- Teach them about explosive reactions by adding a bit of baking soda to a lime or a small amount of vinegar.
Technology Implementation Examples
Your children have probably used a tablet to watch movies or play games, but they could also be introduced to how technology can be used in science. They may experience technology in childcare centres, such as daycare centres or preschools, but you can find ways to use it together.
If you want to incorporate technology into your science experiments, you have a few great options.
- You may create a presentation of your child’s artwork or accomplishments using technology.
- You can now get an inexpensive microscope that hooks up to a computer. Then, you can take your child out into the yard to pick up different things, such as leaves, rocks, flowers, etc. Bring them back into the house and teach your child how to use the microscope. Let them explore the differences between living plants and rocks, while showing them how rocks have different characteristics as well. Together you can then learn about plant biology, at a preschool level of course, and how rocks are formed.
- A telescope can be especially fun during meteor showers, when planets are close to the earth or for exploring the moon. Then, you can learn more about how stars are formed, why nebulas are so colourful or what makes the planets look the way they do.
- For children with developmental delays, assistive technology can be introduced, in such ways as videotaping their stories and events.
The options are endless now-a-days. You can do a new experiment every day and still not run out. The goal is to get them thinking about science and enjoying the exploration process while building their brain’s architecture and circuitry. Exploring science with your children is a great way to not only prepare them for the future, but create endless memories.