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Science for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners
Science is a fantastic and fun learning activity to incorporate into your homeschool curriculum. The first thing I did when putting together a loose science curriculum for my Kindergartener was to create a science kit. I started by picking up a plastic shoe box with a lid from Dollar Tree. It is easy to build on from there as your child is able to do more complex activities.
Our kit includes:
- Magnet wand
- Eye dropper
- Magnifying glass
- Measuring cups and spoons
- A funnel
- Plastic spoon
- 2 plastic baggies
- Paper cups
- A couple q-tips
- Rubber gloves
- A small notebook for recording “notes”
You could also grab this cool and ready to go complete science kit from Magic School Bus. I have used these theme kits before and my kid love them. They also have sets for microscopes, rainbows, the human body, electricity and more!
This is just our basic science kit that I keep together for experiments and observations. In addition I keep a tub with baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, dish soap, flour, vegetable oil, shaving cream, alka-seltzer, and salt (all picked up specifically for school from Dollar Tree)
I collect items and add to both kit’s as we find new things we want to try out. The kit is just our base and we are able to use it for a variety of science’s; chemistry, earth, and physical.
Sometimes we just grab the box on our way out the door for play. My little one loves to investigate the world around us, and get as close as possible. Mainly bugs and dirt, but he’s learning so that makes mom happy.
Your kitchen makes a fantastic laboratory. Dishes, pots, and pans can be used for experiments. The pantry holds of a treasure trove of items that can be used as well. You are near a sink, and surfaces are easily washable.
There are tons of great resources out there, do a Google search for science experiments for your childs age/grade level, browse Pinterest (best invention since sliced bread!) Start collecting books like these to help with ideas
These Let’s Read and Find out Science books are colorful and appealing to young learners, and they cover a wide variety of science subjects. Whatever subject your little one has an interest in can probably be found in this collection.
The library is also a terrific resource, beyond the multitude of books available on every area of science there are other resources available at your fingertips. Most large libraries also allow you to check out or rent microscopes, slides, skeletons, telescopes, and many other items.