I had the honor of presenting a science workshop at the annual NAEYC conference (National Association for the Education of Young Children) in Chicago last week. I shared with the audience at the start of the session how exciting it was to see nearly 1,500 early childhood educators at a science workshop. I have a sneaking suspicion that the average K-12 teacher has no clue that early childhood teachers are doing real science in their classrooms. Gone are the days when early childhood teachers collected leaves in a plastic bag and called “that” hands-on science. It’s not science… that’s called putting leaves in a plastic bag! In general I’m finding that early childhood teachers are concerned about creating learning experiences for their children that give them the opportunity to count, compare, classify, observe and measure. To that list, I simply add this qualifier… the experience should prompt children to ask their own questions.
You’ll find links to several of the science activities presented at my NAEYC workshop below…
- Floating Beach Ball & Flying Toilet Paper
- Bouncing Bubbles
- Ghost Bubbles
- Color Mixing Trays
- Bubbling Liquids and Dry Ice Secrets
- How to Inflate the Giant Windbag
- Trash Can Smoke Rings
If you attended the workshop, please let me know how you’re using some of the activities in your classroom by posting a comment below.