Your toddler's natural curiosity makes it easy to introduce science concepts during everyday activities.
Science starts with understanding concepts that develop as early as infancy. One of the first scientific processes is Observation which uses all the senses.
Babies explore the world using their senses. They look, touch, smell, hear, and taste.
Infants are curious and want to know everything about their environment.
Provided in the links below are activities that can be done with your child, in small groups and in the classroom.
- Sensory Comparisons
- Weight Comparisons
- Capacity Comparisons
- Quantity comparison
- Data Gathering
Helpful Science Tools
- Bath Toys like Stacking Cups, floating toys
- Plastic Measuring Cups and Spoons
- Tape Measure
- Magnets for older kids
- Animal Picture Books See Our Favorites Here
- Stacking and Building Toys
- Magnetic Letters and Animals
- Sand and Water Tables
- Globe (they have inflatable, pillow types as well as your regular globe)
- Microscope-see age recommendations
- Magnifying Glasses-there are ones you can find for young children...be sure to check the age recommendations
- Telescope-see age recommendations
- Infants begin to learn about size by sensing that some things are smaller and some are bigger by sight and touch.
- Infants learn about direction as they learn to crawl and walk as they go over, into and under things.
- Children learn about weight as they lift different objects.
- Infants start to learn about shapes by the many toys we give them.
- Toddlers learn the concept of sets. They sort things, by color, size, or the same shape.
Benefits Gained from Introducing Science Concepts
- It becomes a natural part of a child's vocabulary.
- Vocabulary and cognitive process are developed as a child builds skills in Observation, Communication, Comparisons, Organizing and Applying.