Go to the park or on a nature walk. Conduct experiments in nature.
Ask questions to encourage the child to make a prediction (e.g., “What do you think will happen to this stick if I drop in in the creek?”)
The child is able to apply principles she has learned to what is seen in nature (e.g., sticks float, rocks sink, squirrels climb trees, etc.).
Talking about nature teaches children to be interested in science. Early childhood educators and parents can talk about the clouds and weather, look at the moon and stars at night, search for birds and insects in the yard or park, and so on. Encourage parents to take nature walks, visit the zoo or natural history museum, go on a field trip for pumpkins or picking berries, visit a petting zoo, and so on. Talk about similarities and differences, categories of things, why certain events occur, etc.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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