For kids who are ready for the next step, you can use these same activities with a little more guidance. Try eliciting 'I notice' and 'I wonder' statements. "I notice that a flat bottom floats better." "I wonder what why rubber bands make sound when you pluck them." If this is new, you will need to model these statements. Use these statements to get kids to engage in the scientific process. Come up with a hypothesis, test it, and determine the outcome, make a new hypothesis, and try again. These activities are about wonder, inquiry, and a whole lot of discovery!
Some more discovery Activities we've done:
We love worms. They are good for the soil, they feed the birds, they wiggle, and they are so slimy to touch. The last few days as we've been digging fence posts out of the ground - not the most interesting activity for 3 years olds - however, we've found large number of these wiggly little friends.
Last week we did an outdoor hour challenge looking at the changing leaves, as well as one exploring spider webs. I am really enjoying these challenges from over at the Handbook of Nature Study
A Little Fall Scavenger Hunt
I'm LOVING these beautiful fall days here in NY with the cold frosty mornings and sweater wearing afternoons. Yesterday to get us all out of doors I made a very quick, super basic scavenger hunt.
Rain and the Water Cycle
Last week we decided to embrace the seemingly endless rain and talk about the water cycle.
Discover the properties of Ice
By the end of the day Sunday we were HOT and frozen drinks and sprinklers just weren't cutting it. This simple little activity kept us cool and was incredibly entertaining for Dave and I to watch.
Free water play is as simple as it gets. With just a few left over containers and some random kitchen tools, Hadley and Finley spent a good part of an hour pouring, dumping, scooping, and transferring, all the while chatting away in their amazing twin way, about nothing at all.
Oh my goodness, do we love the snow. After an almost snow-free winter, we have been loving the 8 inches of snow we got last week.
Discover Outside Music
This weekend we spent some time together working on the children's garden space. We had already created a banging wall several weeks ago, and decided to make a xylophone.