No set-up time? Check! Perfect for young kiddos? Check! Engaging, inquiry-filled science fun? Double check!
Okay, you might actually need a whole minute to pull out your magnifying glasses, paper, and crayons. But that is all the set up you need!
There are so many things I love about this science activity! Here are a few:
1- It's child-directed. Your children aren't trying to find the answer you've decided is right. They're leading the investigation!
2- Your kiddos are learning to use tools and manipulate objects that require fine motor skills.
3- You kiddos are learning about the natural world!
4- It provides a context for more factual information later OR you can teach about flower parts while you investigate the flowers! (Just in case you're interested, I'm including a reference picture below!)
5- This activity includes science, large/gross motor movement, fine motor skills, inquiry, math, and more! Use it with adjustments for whatever spring or summer learning goals you have!
Here is a quick step-by-step, but you can easily make adjustments to target whatever learning goals you're working on! (Click here to learn about planning a child-led curriculum!)
1- Go on a walk and let each child pick three (or any other number!) flowers.
2- Ask them what parts they see on the flowers.
3- Give them the magnifying glasses and ask how it makes the flowers look different. Let them explore the flowers (and anything else they want) with the magnifying glasses!
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Today the Learning with Manipulatives bloggers are all talking about magnifying glasses! Check out these other ideas:
- Magnifying Glass Color Game for Preschoolers from Life Over Cs
- Find the Hidden Numbers Ocean Number Clip Cards from Learning 2 Walk
- I Spy Alphabet Search and Find Printable from Mom Inspired Life
- Preschool Science: Flower Investigation from Preschool Powol Packets
- Magnifying Glass Discovery from Schooling A Monkey
- Investigating on the light table from Sugar, Spice and Glitter
I may share at any of these parties!
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