Have a water table with spoons, sieves, a water wheel, eyedropper, cups, funnel, sponges, etc. or a similar discovery set up.
Encourage the child to try all the different items to see what happens with the water. Then ask children questions. “Why do you think this water comes out in one water fall and this water comes out in many?” “What do you think will happen if I pour water through here?”
The child will make observations, predictions, and explanations. She may not be right, but the child is observing, analyzing, classifying, and formulating hypotheses.
Children are beginning to understand why things work the way they do, and their burgeoning vocabulary allows them to explain it. Not all parents are interested in science experiments, so early childhood educators need to incorporate activities that tap into the child’s curiosity.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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