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Go outside on a windy day. Help children become aware of things being moved around by the wind.
Read a book about ramps and help your child make connections to ramps found in your neighborhood.
Have children sort pictures of animals by their colors and talk about how some animals blend into their environment.
Explore the different types of homes animals live in. Then help your child plan and build a house for a favorite animal.
Have children watch the video PEEP and the Big Wide World “Chirp Builds a Nest.” Encourage children to browse through books from the Library Center to find out more about how animals build their homes.
Have your child explore water at bath time with plastic containers of different shapes and sizes.
Show the blueprint in Building a House by Byron Barton. Have children draw a blueprint for a building they would like to build.
Use blueprints to build the structure out of blocks. Encourage children to discuss how to make the parts of the house strong.
Visit a construction site and talk with your child about the tools and machines used by construction workers.
Explore how the texture and consistency of foods can change as you make a snack with children. Expand the exploration to include dry/wet sand or mud.
Have children make a collage of colored transparent materials and observe how light shines through the colors.
Help children break up colors using a simple form of chromatography to show what colors were combined to make another color.
Have children build connecting-cube trains to send down ramps, and use nonstandard measuring tools to mark how far the trains travel.
Children choose items of different materials and determine which absorbs more water and which dries faster.
Show children how to divvy up or divide food as a character in their read-aloud.
Have children test objects to see if they will float or sink. Instruct children to place the objects in the “sink” or “float” half of a poster board based on what happened.
Test how different materials can make your child move down a slide faster, slower, or not at all.
Have children dictate or write to record observations as children’s plants grow.
Have children draw to record an observation they made outside.
Test children’s predictions and have them record which balls float and which ones sink.