Science lessons for kindergarten are anything but boring.
When I opened Asia Citro’s book called, The Curious Kid’s Science Book, I knew that it was perfect for our science lessons for Kindergarten (and beyond!)
Not only does this book have 100+ Creative Hands-On Activities for Ages 4-8, but it is also so doable to do at home with kids.
Step aside Science textbook. Learning is about to come alive over here with three self-claimed mini scientists!
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Science is important for Kindergarteners.
Why? Here is just a sample of skills are learned with hands-on Science lessons:
- applying mathematical reasoning
- critical thinking
- developing awareness
- enhancing senses
- fact vs. opinion
- applying something learned to something created
Science is just the start of the discovery about the world a child lives in.
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The first unit in Curious Kid’s Science Book covers plants.
For this science lesson, my five and six-year-old were asked to create a plant maze. The boys were able to pick the design of the maze and knew that the top needed to include a hole for sunlight.
The objective was to test if the bean plant makes it to the sunlight. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? The boys were all about this Science project.
Let’s talk about teamwork!
Turns out one of my children works a little better listening to ideas than the other.
Again. This is why we need to set aside the textbook and dive into Science activities that encourage problem-solving and honoring ideas that may not be our own. Kindergarteners and children of all ages need hands-on activities!
With everyone at home, I also found this to be a great way to explore social and emotional learning along building compassion for others. win/win And yes, we’ve got some work to do.
As the two boys designed the plant maze, the science conversation bloomed.
Where will the hatches go?
Will the plant make it out of the secret pathway?
What does a plant need to grow?
A simple science prompt engaged my little learners to explore more than the task at hand. This activity stirred up a GIANT unit of plant study that I am here for. I am also fully invested in learning more about plants thanks to these hands-on science activities.
The second time around, teamwork was even stronger and the boys were working even better together.
After another conversation, they decided to add a second layer to test!
Now, we wait and see how our plant continues to follow the sunlight.
Will it make it to the top of the plant maze? Only time will tell.
We even got some new plant books to further investigate! These books about plant life have added more value to our conversations and sparked even more connections!
9 Plant Books to Enhance Science Lessons for Kindergarten
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Science lessons for KIndergarteners are a blast and can be used with so many age groups!
When will you make your first plant maze?