Preschoolers between the ages of two and five are taught an all-round curriculum with the aim of helping them develop a foundation and interest in each subject, which they carry on in their later years. These are done with the means of interactive activities which help in the cognitive as well as motor skills development of children. Preschool science activities, language activities, math activities, sports activities all form a part of the curriculum at most preschools across the nation.
Preschool science activities are a tricky field, because it is difficult to explain complex scientific concepts to children at that age. Indeed, even in the regular school curriculum, science does not become a full-fledged, separate subject until 8 or 9 years of age. However, this should not discourage teachers and parents from introducing basic preschool science activities and letting children develop curiosity toward the miracles of nature. Preschool science activities can also be used to teach children other life lessons, such as demonstrating the importance of hygiene.
The preschool science activities have to be safe, light, short-spanned, and should involve the use of the child’s motor skills since this is the best way to grab and hold a child’s attention. However, it is also important to remember that the phenomenon being studied should be deconstructed in easy and simpler concepts to give children a rudimentary understanding of the preschool science activities. When conducting the preschool science activities, a common mistake made by teachers is to hand-hold the children throughout the process rather than leave them to their own resources, thereby teaching them science, confidence and independence simultaneously.
A few great ways to encourage preschool science activities in school is to use kitchen science. It’s safe and children love to mess around with food and water, and are interested in seeing how different materials mix and interact with each other, and the effects of heat on various substances, all towards making their favourite meals. This may even teach them to cook a little and get them more interested in household chores but explaining the magical science behind them. Another great way to teach kids science is by letting them select a tool such as a magnifying glass and taking them out on nature walks or simply to explore the nature like leaves, flowers, butterflies, beetles, caterpillars, etc. The exploration should be supplemented with the teacher explaining how nature works to them, thus not only teaching them zoology and botany but also instilling a love for the outdoors amongst them. She can even make it fun for them by asking them to, say, find their favourite flower and bring it to her, and then tell her why they like that flower.
Preschool science activities are meant for children to learn that the world is full of wonders to be unrevealed by experimentation and understanding. Preschool teachers go a long way in shaping the geniuses and scientists of tomorrow.