Nature is full of preschool science activity ideas! You just need to know where to look. One of the early science classes children are given in elementary school is called Earth Science. The science of the Earth is actually only nature. Young children can learn a lot about nature. Having a broad basic understanding of the outside world early will help them succeed when the reach that elemntary Earth Science class. So here we go.
Bringing Nature In To the Preschool Classroom
Depending on your location fall will look different than fall in other locations. What ever changes that take place outside…bring some samples into your classroom. Maybe mangos become ripe in fall near you, or oranges are being arvested now, even if it’s just a small tray of dried up leaves and some sticks! Bring one or two samples into the classroom for your children to observe. Put a child safe magnifyng glass on the tray and pass it around at circle time.
These are just a few of the things we bring samples of into the classroom in the fall.
Don’t forget to show your how the children how to use the magnifying glass to make the object appear larger. Hold the maginfying glass close to the object and look through, don’t hold it up to your eye.
Science Activities For Fall
Growing Sweet Potatoes
You’ll need a sweet potato, or a piece of one. four toothpicks, clear plastic cup, water.
Poke the toothpicks into the sides of the potato at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 so they can hold the top portion of the potato out of the water. Submerge the potato untill it’s resting on the toothpicks. Keep the cup watered enough that the botom of the potato is always wet.
Have the children make observations as the potato changes. You might want to have them draw in their journals or on clipboards like real scientists!Read More