IF YOU ONLY REMEMBER ONE THING, MAKE IT THIS:
Albert Einstein started with simple science!
Adults often think that science is too hard for young children. Not THESE science activities! Your child will not want to stop.
- Introduce the concept of sink and float. Provide a small tub of water and small items to drop into the water—some that sink (pebble, marble, spoon) and some that float (wooden clothes pin, popsicle stick, plastic spoon). No explanation necessary…your child will observe and learn on her own.
- Talk about what makes steam rise from a boiling pot on the stove: “When water gets very hot it produces steam.” Then talk about what happens when water is put into ice cube trays in the freezer: “When water gets very cold it freezes solid.” Help your child to prove that the ice cube is really water by allowing him to melt one in a bowl.
- Provide picture books of different scientific subjects: the Earth, dinosaurs, plants, electricity, rocks, and the human body. Get books at your local library. It’s free!