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Will it Sink or Float? Science Activity from Discover Space Museum

Discovery Space Children's Science Museum Science Activity

Make a Prediction   Preschool Science Activity from Discovery Space for Ages 3-6

Children love the to play with water. This is no secret to anyone who has ever taken a walk with a child on a rainy afternoon. Most, simply enjoy the sensory experience of feeling the water in their hands, pouring it, and even splashing.  Here’s a more structured activity to continue their natural tendency to make observations and predictions about how objects behave in water.  This can be done at the sink, in a pool or even in the bath. 

Will it Freeze? - Science Activity

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Will it Freeze?    Preschool Science Activity from Discovery Space for Ages 4-6

What if…? Children are naturally curious, which make them excellent scientists! Follow your child’s lead and help him/her to set up their own experiment. December 21 marked the Winter Solstice, the longest day of the year, but there are still cold days ahead of us. The next time that it’s below freezing outside suggest to your child that you try testing different items outdoors to see if they will freeze. What happens if....you put vegetable oil outside? Water? The list of items to test is endless!

Pour, Mix, Experiment with Homemade Play Dough

homemade play dough

Pour, Mix Experiment: Making Play Dough - Science Activity for Kids (ages 4-8) from Discovery Space Children's Science Museum

Who doesn’t love a good chemistry experiment? Making play dough is always a popular activity to do with young learners, but have you ever thought of it as science? Making play dough not only provides a great opportunity to let your young scientist engage in scientific practices, such as making accurate measurements and observations, but also presents a chance to talk a little bit about chemistry. In this experiment kids will be encouraged to first make their own dough and then use that dough to complete an engineering challenge--a great STEM activity!

Designing Solutions - Science Activity for Kids

Discovery Space Children's Science Museum

Designing Solutions - Science Activity for Kids (ages 5-7) from Discovery Space Children's Science Museum

Children at Discovery Space love engineering challenges. There is something about being given a defined amount of time and materials that captivates them and the shouts of joy when their designs are successful make everyone smile. The great thing about engineering design challenges is that they can also help kids to think about solutions to real world problems. This engineering design challenge is intended to get your child thinking creatively about how to design a structure that will keep a stuffed animal safe from a flood.

Jump into FALL with STEAM - Science Activity

Kid with magnifying glass & butterfly

Jump into FALL with STEAM    Kindergarten-Age Science Activity from Discovery Space

At Discovery Space, we often plan events and programming around STEM and STEAM. By incorporating Art and Design into our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math explorations we are able to engage many kids who would otherwise be disinterested. Try it at home!

Looking at Leaves Learning Activity

autumn leaf

Looking at Leaves Learning Activity from Discovery Space

It’s fall and leaves are covering the ground. Instead of just raking them into a pile have your child pick some up; leaves are an excellent material to use to encourage your child to practice their close-looking and observation skills. There is always something new to be discovered! These activities are designed to allow your child to direct their own learning with you providing support along the way.

Bouncing Raisins Experiment

Bouncing Raisins Experiment
In this fun kitchen experiment, watch raisins dance in a glass! If you have a clear carbonated beverage available, it can be used in place of the water/vinegar/baking soda mixture.

What Do Plants Need to Grow? - Science Activity

Growing Plants in Plastic Cups

What do plants need to grow?    Preschool Science Activity from Discovery Space

It’s March and that means Spring! The official first day of spring isn’t until March 20th but this lesson is the perfect way to begin thinking about Spring and new growth. As the days and nights begin to get a little warmer start looking for shoots peaking through the soil and buds emerging on trees. It’s a great time of year to encourage your child to look closely and observe changes in their surroundings.

Exploring Salt & Water Preschool Science Activity

Salt & Water Activity

Exploring Salt & Water Preschool Science Activity from Discovery Space

Winter is the perfect time to experiment with water in its solid form, ice! In January, we experimented with water and ice through colored ice cubes and cups of water, this month we will be using water and salt to learn more about ice!