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What’s in the cupboard? Early Science skills

It’s Part 4 of What’s in the cupboard and this week we are looking at early science skills.  Children are naturally curious and it is vital to capture their fascination with the world around them from an early age.

Here are some early science activities that you can do at home.

  1. Sensory play arouses children’s imaginations, creativity and curiosity.  It is also great for teaching about the different concepts between a solid and a liquid. Conflour, water and a touch of food colouring make a lovely gloop when mixed together.  When you roll the mixture in your hands, the particles join together and the mixture feels solid.  But if it is left to rest or is held up and allowed to dribble the particles slide over each other and it feels like a liqud.
  2. Children are fascinated by ice and what happends to it as it melts.  To develop their curiosity freeze some items in water.  Then encourage your child to explore different ways that they can get the object out of the ice.  It will be sometime before they work out that it needs to melt but they will have some fun trying other ways to get the object out!
  3. The weather at the moment is too cold for hunting for minibeasts outside but there will still be a few of them inside your house.  Spiders are especially good to look for.  After you have found some why not research some interesting facts about them on the internet. For example, did you know that there are over 650 different species of spider in the UK!
  4. Sensory smelling pots help your child identify different smells.  They can be made using a clean yoghurt pot.  Put your item for smelling inside and cover with a lid with holes in it.  Make sure that the item cannot be seen.  Some items that you can put in are:  rosemary, lavender, vinegar, strong cheese or anything else smelly that you can find in your cupbord.

If you want to develop your child’s understanding of the world then the Little Explorers bag is a perfect choice.  As with all our toy collections it comes with a detailed instruction sheet of activities too.