Science, this is one topic that I get the most emails about. So many early childhood educators, parents, and home child care providers draw a blank when it comes to programming for this area.
Here is a simple science activity the children will love. There are so many variations to this experiment, you could have science planned for an entire week.
Science does not have to be a difficult or scary subject to plan for. If you have read my other articles you will be familiar with the KISS method (Keep It Simple Silly) I use.
First I just want to very briefly talk about why science is so important to the developmental growth of children.
Science is important because it gives children the chance to freely explore the materials around them using all 5 of their senses (sight, touch, sound, taste, smell) depending on the science experiment planned.
For the science experiment in this article, the children will be able to use 4 of their senses, sight, touch, smell, and sound.
Flower Power: Science Experiment
What you will need:
3 white carnations
3 vases or tall glasses
red, blue, and green food coloring
What to do:
Fill each glass or vase half way with cool water. (Listen to the water pouring into the glass and ask open-ended questions like, "What sound does the water make when we pour it into the glass / vase?")
Color the water in each vase / glass a different color with food coloring. (Look at how the water changes colors. Ask open-ended questions like, "Do you think the water will darker or lighter when we add more drops of food coloring to it, and why?")
Pass the carnation around the table and have the children touch and smell it. (How does it feel? What does it smell like? ")
Place one carnation in each vase / glass. (Look and see, has anything happened yet? Discuss. "What do you think might happen?")
Document how many hours or days it takes for each carnation to start to change color.
Which carnation changes color first? Which carnation changes color last?
You can also make other colors like yellow, orange, or purple for this activity and this will expand on the science experiment. The children will be able to see how colors mix and make a totally different color.
If you have the space you could color 6-8 or more carnations at a time and make a colorful bouquet to display in the classroom. You could also do a few colors a day and have science planned for a whole week.
Don't forget to take pictures to display around the room and put in a classroom picture book.
Have fun with science.