By Donna Doll-Yogerst, Family Living Educator
Children are natural scientists and explore the world every day to learn how things work. Parents and caregivers can encourage toddlers’ curiosity about the world by allowing them to use their five senses to explore. Learning more about the world around them (“science”) builds toddlers critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Read the fact sheet:
- English – Exploring Science (PDF, 2 pages, 928 KB)
- Español – Exploración de la ciencia (PDF, 2 pages, 869 KB)
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- Froyen, Laura. (2014.) School Readiness the Role of the Family, Personal communication 10-23-14.
- Ready at Five Scientific Thinking activity cards. Retrieved from: http://www.readyatfive.org/download-document/activity-cards/108-scientific-thinking/file.html
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- Nine ways to show your child science in everyday life. School A to Z-practical help for parents. Retrieved from: http://www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/homework-and-study/other-subjects-and-projects/science/science-tips/nine-ways-to-show-your-child-science-in-everyday-life
- Why is science important in young kids’ lives? School A to Z-practical help for parents. Retrieved from: http://www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/homework-and-study/other-subjects-and-projects/science/why-science-is-important-in-young-kids-lives
- Sessoms, Terri. March 29, 2012. Integrating Literacy Strategies into Science Instruction. PowerPoint retrieved from: http://www.carolinacurriculum.com/leadership/downloads/2012/Integrating+Literacy.pdf