Gardening with kids gives them so many opportunities to learn things. There are obvious subject areas such as science and nature studies of course, but there are also life lessons to be learnt. What you grow can teach a lot about your attitude to life – to creativity and challenge and risk taking! Here’s why in amongst the carrots and onions we always grow a wild card.
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Today’s activities for toddlers post features some of our favourite ideas for science experiments, active play and having fun outdoors. They’ve all been tried, tested and approved by my own toddlers and are all based on having fun and learning through play.
This is part of our Just Right For Toddlers series, bringing your our best ideas for the lovely toddler stage.
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There are opportunities for scientific learning everywhere. When your children are tired and it’s cold and dark outside, you may think hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows are just for comfort – but no! Science in action! Let them discover a little about heat and solids. Pop a marshmallow onto a skewer, light a candle and get experimenting. How does a match light? What’s happening to the wax in the candle? Talk about the best place to hold the marshmallow and discover that heat rises. What’s happening to the surface of the marshmallow as it toasts? What happens to the inside of the marshmallow? Children are natural scientists, so take some time to observe and chat and see what discussions come up. Just don’t eat too many marshmallows.
Science doesn’t start at high school with Bunsen burners and litmus paper. Babies, toddlers and pre-school are natural scientists, exploring and testing out their world. Creating a play-friendly environment and giving them time to investigate what catches their interest is the first step towards developing enquiring minds. Try these ideas for more child friendly science experiments.
Tip #1 Encourage experiments: ask kids to predict, observe & explore with this guide from ScienceMum
Tip #2 Use baking to test weights, emulsification, heat, liquids…Gingerbread is a good place to start
Tip #3 Try biology with an experiment to see what seeds need to grow
Tip #4 Combine physics and engineering with this pendulum activity from Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning
Tip #5 Use simple props like ice cubes and experiment to find out what makes things melt faster
Tip #6 Create some art and explore the properties of sunlight with this idea from Paint Cut Paste
Tip #7 What happens when you combine bicarbonate of soda and vinegar? Jen at TheMadHouse knows!
Tip #8 Bring physics into play with Teacher Tom’s Full Body Physics trials
Tip #9 A really easy one to try a home is this sink or float test from No Time For Flash Cards
Tip #10 Mini beast bingo is great for budding entomologists
What science play do your children enjoy?
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