Friday, November 1, 2013

Every Child Is a Scientist

I was excited to see that this week’s topic for Discover and Explore is “science experiments”. I believe firmly that every child is a scientist wanting to touch, taste, smell, hear, and see the world around them. So many things in our daily life offer natural opportunities for scientific discovery – from taking a bath to cooking a meal, but my daughter always loved “real” science, and over years we conducted many science experiments, read science books and visited science museums. Here are some of our experiments that we’ve done since daughter started kindergarten (she is in the second grade now). I chose not to include experiments requiring special ingredients and science kits.

Simple Science Activities for K-3

Afterschool for Smarty Pants: Easy Science Activities for Grades K-3

Let Children Experiment on Their Own

An edible experiment: I gave my daughter sugar, flour, water, milk, and food coloring and let her mix and match these ingredients to her content. She ate some of her colorful “cookie dough” with no ill effects.
Non-edible chemistry: forever popular soda and vinegar, food coloring in milk with detergent, curdling milk, mixing oil, water and food coloring.

Inspiration From Science Experiment Books

What is it made ofDisclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate and the links below are affiliate links. We own all the books in my list of science experiment books, and I especially recommend this older book What Is It Made Of by David Glover for the youngest scientists. It’s targeted for a younger audience and written in a simpler language than most books that are designed for older kids or their parents. My fluently reading preschooler used to read it for pleasure and inserted many sticky notes marking experiments she wanted to do. Many of those experiments could be done rather quickly – a big plus for our busy family.
Science Experiments Books for Elementary School Students
  • 1. 52 Amazing Science Experiments is really a deck of cards. I wouldn’t call suggested experiments “amazing”, but they require little prep and it’s interesting to pull the cards randomly and see what happens. Something to consider as Christmas stocking stuffer.
  • 2. 175 Science Experiments to Amuse and Amaze your friends – more suitable for older children, but I like full color illustrations and explanations behind the experiments. I used several of suggestions in the book to explain water, air and movement.
  • 3. Usborne Big Book of Science Things – usual high quality of Usborne books, very suitable for more crafty kids and experiments usually involve making something first. So far daughter didn’t choose any experiments from this book.
  • 4. What is it Made Ofsee above.
  • 5. A Little Giant Book of Science Experimentswe got this book as a present from grandparents. It’s somewhat similar to the first book – a big collection of simple experiments with very little explanation about how they work. Good for inspiration and makes a nice stocking stuffer.
  • 6. The Book of Totally Irresponsible ScienceI haven’t given this book to my daughter, since I prefer for her to have a control over her experiments, and most experiments would require too much adult help supervision. It’s going to be fun when she is about 9 or 10 and can do most of them on her own.

Science Inspiration from Blog Friends

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Phyllis said...

I like her science journal. I agree with you that science in the early years can be so inspiring. Thank you for the mention.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

One of the things that made me very sad about Johnny switching schools is that his teacher at his first school had all the kindergartners making amazing science journals! I guess we just need to make our own at home now!

Missy said...

I found your post at Family Fun Friday. We love doing science experiments in our homeschool! Actually, I have not done many yet this year and my 6 year old was complaining about our lack of science experiments the other day :) Maybe I should get some of these books to inspire me to do some again :) Thank you for sharing!

Chelsey Marashian said...

What a great roundup of science resources! I just love the idea of keeping science journals, and I can't wait to check out all your science experiments! Thank you so very much for linking up to this week's Discover & Explore!

Monica Pruett said...

This is great info for a mom like me who can use some tips in the science department. Thank you!
PS Featuring this at Family Fun Friday said...

This is a great list- thanks for including the blog links! I am headed to check them out!