Science is So Much Fun!
Believe it or not, you can do exciting, hands-on science learning at home.
- Two-year-olds—If you have a sandbox, talk about how the sand feels in your hands and between your toes. At bath time, talk about how the water feels.
- Three-year-olds—Consider making a ‘mud pie’ with your child. Discuss how the dirt feels when it is dry compared to how it feels when it is wet.
- Four-/Five-year-olds—Invite your child to help you make homemade ‘slime’ for a gooey sensory experience. You’ll need: 2 ¼ cups of cornstarch, ½ cup of shampoo, 6 tablespoons of water, and food coloring for your desired shade. Mix the shampoo and food coloring first. Then add this to the cornstarch. Be sure to mix it well. At first, it will be a crumbly mixture. Then add one tablespoon of water at a time. Depending on how much food coloring you added, you may need more or less water. The final dough should easily roll into a ball and melt into your hands. If it is too gooey, add more cornstarch. If it is too dry, add more water. Store the ‘slime’ in a sealed plastic container or bag. Have your child play with the slime. Ask him or her to describe how it feels.
Skills Supported: sensory exploration, wet and dry textures, measurement, following directions