Learn about Living Things from Simple and Practical Preschool Science Activities
Simple preschool science activities such as observing creatures, digging for bugs in the garden and visit to zoo can be practical science lesson for preschoolers to learn about living things.
Identify living and non-living things is the first science topic usually children learn in school. It serves as the foundation for kids to study about animals and other living things. Preschoolers must understand living things need air, water and food to survive.
Living Things and Bugs in the House
Give your preschooler a list of things he can identify at home. Let him categorize into living and non-living things.
Take a step further by catching some creatures or bugs at home for simple experiment. Trap lizards, cockroaches, ants or spiders. Put them into different bottle jars. Put one in a jar with food, water and air. Leave the others in jars without food, water or air. Observe the outcome together with your kids.
While searching and trapping these creatures, take time to observe them using magnifying glass. Read up books on facts about these bugs too.
Learn about Living Things in the Garden
Garden provides opportunities for children to observe what's around them. We can conduct many preschool science activities and lessons in this natural environment.
Introduce to them trees and grasses are living things too. These living things do not move but they grow and reproduce. Introduce grow and reproduce as two addition characteristics of living things to preschoolers.
Take a walk round the garden. Train them to observe things. We can
If situation permits, dig in the soil to find living organism such as worms and ants etc.
Here is a glimpse of what we have found...
butterfly's egg under leaf
Garden is a great learning playground for kids. It provides a fresh experience for kids to learn using all their senses. In addition to preschool science activities, there are many activities for kids to explore in a garden.
Life Cycles of Different Animals
Living things reproduce but not all animals' babies look like their parents. Show them how tadpoles grow to frogs, caterpillars to butterflies and larvae to mosquitoes. Observe the metamorphosis of these creatures fascinate preschoolers.
Plants reproduce differently from animals. Let preschoolers grow a plant from seed. You can either let them plant it in a garden, if you have one, or in a pot. Do remind them to water the plant, feed it with some fertilizer and leave the plant out in the sunlight. Is a thrilling experience for them to see how seeds germinate and grow into a plant in a few weeks' time.
Visit to Zoo and Farm to Learn about Animals
Zoos are great places to introduce exotic animals to preschoolers that they might not otherwise ever see. Young children can be overwhelmed by vast variety of animals and information available. I strongly suggest don’t try to see everything in one visit. Some suggestions to help make the visit worthwhile:
A visit to farm can be a wonderful trip for you and your child. We have visited goat, sheep, fish and reptiles farms.
Indeed, these are learning lessons to me as well as the kids. The main difference between a farm visits versus zoo is that there is more direct interaction in the farm such as feeding the goats or petting the animals. These personal visits also encourage questions and answers session for the kids to learn more.
Upon visiting the farm and zoo, we can also reinforce kids learning with printable farm and zoo animals’ worksheets. Doing printable worksheets and quiz on the way back from these visits add more fun to the journey.
Online Science Games on Living Things
Free online games are useful resources to teach preschoolers about living things. Sit together with your preschooler and play with them.
More Preschool Science Activities
Organize ecology summer camp. Teach preschoolers about Eco-environment; how living things co-exist in a balance environment.
Make preschool science craft. Fossils are part of living things from the past. Let preschoolers make fossils for themselves or as gifts for friends and relatives.