DAYCARE & OSC
Your little one happens to be a scientist already! Didn’t you know that? Toddlers have curious minds, and they are constantly experimenting with different things.
Science comes naturally to toddlers because they indulge in different activities and explore things themselves. Sometimes they get into trouble, but that’s how they learn. You may have seen your little one dropping objects and trying to figure out what a toy does. They are constantly exploring and learning. The little scientist in them doesn’t stop investigating and experimenting. And that’s why we believe introducing science to your toddler won’t be difficult.
Figuring out how to introduce science to your naughty one? Here’s an informative and engaging article that unravels how to introduce science to toddlers. There’s no mystery, and you won’t have a tough time!
When we think of science, the first thing that comes to mind is chemicals. However, science is not just about chemistry – you can introduce other scientific concepts that are safer and easier to grasp.
A toddler’s brain is still developing, so look for something age-appropriate. Chemicals are harmful, so let’s leave it to the laboratory teacher. When your child grows up, they will learn about chemicals too. Let’s start slow!
You need to give your toddler something intriguing to solve. For example, keep a toy truck and tie a rope around it. Let your toddler figure out that they need to pull it. That’s science too! You can also start with a puzzle.
It motivates the toddler to think and figure out the puzzle. Help them if required, but ideally, you should let the toddler lead.
Bath time need not be boring. For example, let’s say you’ve made a bubble bath for your kid. Introduce some toys that float and others that sink. You can tell your baby that certain toys sink and others float. You can introduce different materials, sizes, shapes, and weights. This is a fundamental concept but a vital lesson for a young mind.
Once you have explained the concept, ask your child why certain toys sink, and others float. You want your child to understand the difference between two materials, heavy weights and lightweight objects.
We used the word ‘woods,’ but you could be anywhere outdoors and explore the wilderness and even the city. Once you are outside, there is so much to teach a young mind.
When birds chirp or sing a song, encourage your kid to listen to them. If you find different kinds of animals like birds, dogs, and cats outside, tell your kid about the difference between the three. You could even differentiate between them using the sounds that they make.
Show different kinds of flowers and plants to your kid. For example, you can tell them the difference between flowering plants and ones that bear fruit.
There is botany, biology, and physics outside! You could also show your toddler the cars and motorcycles outside. How do they function? What is required for a car to move? What is speed? These are basic concepts you could teach your little one.
If you find butterflies or bees outside, you can tell your kid how a butterfly is born. It’s an exciting process. You can also tell them what bees do for the environment and people.
Your toddler also needs to know where the vegetables and fruits come from. When you teach these concepts, a toddler listens. Even if they don’t understand everything, you must introduce your young one to the environment, scientific concepts, and good and bad things. Who else will teach these things? Schooling comes at a later stage. A young person’s first teacher is YOU.
Let’s do a fun activity with the kids!
You can bring three objects – a rock, some leaves, shells, and a soft toy. Let your toddler feel all the objects and tell the difference.
You need to introduce the concepts of soft and hard. This is also an excellent time to learn about textures, shapes, and sizes.
Since toddlers are curious, they will participate in the activity. But, of course, you will be thrilled to be a part of it too.
The exciting thing is that you can find many objects to differentiate. So, bring something safe like marshmallows, soft cloth, soft toys, shells, small rocks, and leaves.
Your child would love this activity too!
We have a safe activity that you can do with your toddler.
Here’s what you need to do:
Isn’t that a fun activity? Most kids find this activity fun and interesting. Moreover, it’s a safe experiment too.
Do you know what happens if you mix red and white paint? You will get pink paint. That’s right!
You can mix two different colors and make a new color out of it. This is also scientific. Let your child know that different colors can be mixed to create something new.
Your little one will be thrilled and excited to try this experiment.
You should invest in scientific tools like binoculars, telescopes, abacus, magnifying glasses, weighing scales, etc.
Let your child know the uses of each object. Having scientific tools at home can build curiosity. Sure, your kids will discover what they are as they grow up. But why don’t you start early?
We are excited because your toddler is going to learn something new! Moreover, it will be a fun time for you and the toddler. Spend as much time with them as possible and introduce scientific concepts early so that your kid develops an interest in everything around them.
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