It is never too early for your child to meet science, so here are 10 science activities for toddlers and preschoolers.
You might think that toddlers and preschoolers are still all about unicorns and rainbows, but if you would take the closer look, you would realize that your child is more mentally capable than you can even imagine. Their brain is still untouched and there was no information got on a plate, which is why they are very capable of linking facts on their own and create their own visions. Believe it or not, they might be even better than you in some of the scientific things.
But explaining what the science is to toddlers is not an easy business. For them, it might all be the magic. For example, when I was a kid, I enjoyed making the active volcanos with my mom. The whole building process was a bit boring, but as soon as the lava would come out, I would feel like a little wizard. But how to explain to this young child that he or she doesn’t have any magic powers?
The only way I can think of is to walk them through the whole process carefully and explain every step. If they make a mistake, you need to explain to them where it went wrong and what to do to repair that mistake. Of course, they are too little to play with electricity or some of those ’’do not try this at home’’ experiments. The ones that are suitable for them are not harmful and there can’t be any real damage if the experiment doesn’t work. The only thing that you need to explain to them is that they should never give up and repeat the whole process until they figure out how to score.
And the most important thing is not to give them everything ready on the plate. They need to make some effort to learn on their own. You need to teach them how to think with their own heads. Besides, all of the experiments would be boring and exhausting to them if you do everything instead of letting them get involved.
Now when we went through this, it is time to get the closer look in experiments and activities you can do with your child. Remember, avoid all the dangerous ones even if you think that your child can handle it. This means, no fire, no firecrackers, no acid, no harmful chemicals, no electricity. Unless you are showing them the trick where the balloon goes on the ceiling after you rub it against your head or your hair rises after being brushed. But that’s something completely different.
Long story short, here are 10 science activities for toddlers and preschoolers.