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Science for little ones
British Science Week starts this week to get children hands-on with science through a series of nationwide events. It’s never too early for children to get involved with science, so we’ve taken a look at some fun activities that are suitable for early years and preschool aged children, as recommended by the British Science Week organisers. They’re all ideal for you to try at home with your budding scientist in the making!
This activity gets little ones thinking about the changes that happen when different colours are mixed together. All you need is ready mix paint, zip lock bags and paper! Start by putting a piece of paper into the zip lock bag, then let your child squirt in different colours at opposite sides of the bag and push them around with their hands. Ideal for artsy children!
Slime, slime, slime
Here’s another activity you can do at home with the children, but be warned – prepare for lots of mess! This one involves slowly adding water to a large mixing bowl or tray of cornflower. Your child will have fun mixing the concoction together until it’s a slimy, gloopy consistency, and discuss how it acts like a liquid but behaves like a solid when hit!
Older children will have fun in the outdoors with this nature-based activity, and just thin white card and double-sided sticky tape are needed! The aim is for your child to investigate the natural environment around them and create their own colour palette by collecting both natural and unnatural objects and sticking them to the card. Use it as a chance to talk to your child about the changing seasons. It could even inspire them to write a poem!
This floral activity is also ideal for primary school aged children and shows youngsters how flowers absorb water through their roots and stems. You will need any white flower, water, food colouring and a vase. Just fill your vase with water and add a few drops of food colouring. Cut the bottom off the flower stems before placing in the vase. Your child will watch their flower magically change colour when it’s left in the coloured water after between six and 12 hours.
National Science Week 2017 runs from March 10th - 19th. For more activity ideas, check out the British Science Week website at www.britishscienceweek.org. Let us know what you’ll be doing with your children over on our Facebook and Twitter pages!