Spring brings a season full of changes; plants beginning to sprout, flowers starting to bloom, and caterpillars becoming butterflies. Children are naturally curious about these changes, so why not turn their playtime into science time. We have come up with three fun science filled activities that can be done outside under the spring sunshine and will engage your children in their imagination and curiosity.
Going On a Bug Hunt: with the sun shining and the weather warming up, its a great opportunity to take the kiddos outside and teach them some life science by going on a bug hunt! Whether they find real insect or pretend creatures crawling around, let them use their observational skills to see how many they can find.
Colorful Butterflies: most kids have had the experience of mixing colors before (for ex: with paint and play dough), but have they ever learned how to separate colors? We are going to make colorful butterflies by exploring the science of chromatography (or separating colors); all you need is coffee filters, non-permanent markers, and creativity.
Making Rain: even though spring has officially sprung, there is still a chance of some sprinkles. Together you and your budding scientist can create your own rainfall inside a bag and learn how the water cycle works. This super easy activity only requires a zip-lock bag, some dirt, and tape! Soon enough they will be watching their own clouds form and rainfall inside their bag.
Spring is the perfect chance to introduce your children to the wonders of science. Let them explore their own curiosity hands on about how the world works around them.