Building Science Skills Through Play

Building Science Skills Through Play

Building Science Skills Through Play

Date posted: January 21, 2016

Science experiences are part of what young children do every day. The science skills that are built through play include:

  • Questioning
  • Predicting
  • Organizing and categorizing
  • Exploring and investigating
  • Manipulating materials
  • Measuring
  • Observing
  • Solving problems
  • Explaining.

Children build these skills through structured and unstructured play activities.

For ideas for activities that build science skills in young children, visit Science World’s Big Science for Little Hands and Big Science for Little Hands at Home webpages.

For activity sheets that you can download and print, visit our STEAM Family Fun Sheets.

For ideas on discovering science through art, borrow Science Arts.  Each of the art experiences in this book includes a list of materials, instructions for the activity, ideas to extend the activity and short explanation of the science concepts involved.

You can find a variety of science experiments using easy to find materials in Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 family-friendly experiments from around the house.

To borrow either of these books, email

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