Our Summer Reading Club’s theme this summer is Fizz, Boom, Read. Science! Kids LOVE science. It’s so hands-on and real-world, and most kids just adore it. It’s easy to provide older children with simple experiments, but how do we introduce science to infants, toddlers and preschoolers?
Keep it SIMPLE!
For babies, introduce astronomy by singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Toddlers can color stars on a coloring page. And preschoolers can try counting the stars in the night sky.
Introduce the Earth Sciences by letting your baby explore rocks, dirt, grass while playing outside. Ask your toddler about the weather. And what preschooler doesn’t like learning about dinosaurs?
A walk in the park can turn into a simple lesson on botany and zoology when you point out flowers, birds, squirrels and more to your baby or toddler. And preschools can begin to understand genetics when you compare family photos and see that brother has the same eyes as Mommy, and sister has the same hair color as Daddy.
The Library Adventure blog has a fantastic printable set of science activity cards. It includes 52 activities that you can do with your child to start exploring the different branches of science. I hope you try them out!