Helping your preschooler to learn science does not have to be as difficult as it seems. One of the best things you can do is take your preschooler to the park. The park is full of scientific items, and everyday life items that will help your kids see some of the way science works in everyday life. When you do science in the park, you should work on thinking skills while pointing out the science in everyday life. The park can be used all year round to teach preschoolers some basic science. Here are some great examples of how.
Leaves changing colors. When the seasons change, it is a great time to use the park to teach your preschooler some science. It is hard to miss when leaves turn from green to the beautiful colors of fall. Take your child to the park, point out the changing colors, and give them a mini-lesson on why that occurs. Make sure that they understand what you are saying. For example, you can say, something like: Leaves have a sugar in them that feed them. When the tree digests it, it makes chlorophyll. Chlorophyll makes trees green. In the winter, trees sleep. So, they don’t eat. So, the other parts start to show up. And they are another color instead of green.
Bugs and how they benefit the earth.There are always a lot of bugs out there, so you can usually find some that can be used for your science in the park day. You can explain to kids that bugs, while sometimes scary, annoying, etc. actually help the earth. They pollinate, they kill bad bugs, they do other things to help soil, etc.
Bird watching.This is yet another great way to teach kids science in the park. They can learn about how birds have babies with eggs, and the ways they eat. You can discuss how they live in various environments, such as in marches, rafters, etc.
Collect nature.A fun way to do science in the park is to have the kids collect pieces of nature, point out the differences in textures between rocks, twigs, leaves, etc. You can give them a piece of construction paper, and let them glue their pieces of nature on the paper. Letting them collect nature gives them a chance to learn more.
Journal their favorite “science” things.This is a fun way to help kids see some of the fun things in science. You can talk about the scientific areas that interest them most. For example, if they like rain, you can journal when it rains, what it is like, what it feels like. You can ask them questions like, “What did the sky look like?” You want to get them thinking about science in as analytical a way as a preschooler can. The more they “journal” the better they will be at understanding the science they see in every day life.
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