Date posted: March 7, 2014
If you’re looking for science activities for preschool to high school, take a look at Science World’s website. There are resources for parents and early learning professionals, for elementary school teachers, and for high school teachers – and a great resource for anyone wanting to organize a family science event.
Big Science for Little Hands activities are designed for early childhood educators to use with children ages 3 to 5. They make science discovery fun. Themed sets of activities for experiential learning include introductory activities, explorations, things to make, and whole-group activities. There are also ideas for extending each topic. Topics include: round the circle, wet and dry, sticky stuff, size matter, and more.
Big Science for Little Hands at Home is the “at home” version of the same activities for preschoolers and their parents or caregivers.
For teachers, the Science World Resources section contains over 350 free lesson plans and activities for Kindergarten to Grade 7. These teacher-tested, curriculum-connected lessons begin with short, interactive demonstrations followed by hands-on activities. They’re organized by topic, grade level and activity type.
A separate website, Catalyst for Science, shares teacher reviewed and classroom tested science-based resources (lessons, activities, and links). In it’s early stages, the initial focus is on Science 8 to 10 topics.
And, there’s more than science activities. Science World shares its experience in planning, organizing and implementing family science events in a user friendly toolkit, Night of Family Science.
Try their instructions for making a hopping origami frog out of a business card. (I can tell you from experience, it works.)
And, when the weather is warmer, the recipes for thick bubbles and bouncy bubbles look like they’d be fun.