Date posted: July 5, 2013
The summer can be a good time to try a few science experiments. (I remember a rather spectacular homemade volcano that would have been better as an outdoor project!) There are science experiments for children of all ages. And, they don’t require advanced science knowledge or special equipment.
Where does my shadow sleep? A parent’s guide to exploring science with children’s books.
Sally Anderson with the Vermont Center for the Book. Lewisville, NC : Gryphon House, 2012.
This book links easy, fun science activities for children four and older with books to support talking about and exploring science in everyday life. Each activity has a detailed list of materials needed, instructions on how to do the activity, and a list of books to read before the activity.
To borrow this book, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The book will be sent to you when the library’s holiday is over on July 29th.
Science activities in the kitchen, backyard, playground, and other locations in everyday life organized by age level, from PBS parents:
for babies and toddlers
for preschoolers and kindergarten
for first and second grade
Science education through gardening and nature-based play – This article outlines how gardening and nature can be used in the early childhood classroom to explore scientific concepts and processes.
Science milestones – This resource outlines what can be expected in children’s understanding of the world, how science is practiced, and their ability to conduct scientific investigations from age 1 to 8, from PBS parents. Includes tips for parents on how to support children’s development in science at each age level.
Scientific American: Bring science home – Fun, science-related activities for parents to do with their 6 to 12 year olds. Instructions, simple materials lists, and background information are included.