British Science Week
As it is British Science Week, we thought we would give you a bit of insight into the kind of science activities we do in the nursery and how they help the children in all areas of the EYFS.
At Hungry Caterpillars, the nurseries use science to help the children gain knowledge that can be used throughout their early years. Science activities help promote skills from all seven areas of the EYFS, such as their math, their communication and language skills as well as their expressive art and design. It also helps the children coordinate with their fine motor skills.
Science can help the children develop vital life-skills such as problem solving, communication and research. Science is one of the most important subjects a child can learn because of its relevance to our lives and its capacity to apply these vital life-skills to everyday activities.
One of the science experiments that was a success was the paperclips in a container activity. The children had to use their problem solving skills to get their paperclips out of a container filled with water. Using only a magnet, high levels of concentration and hand eye control, they managed to retrieve all the paper clips. The children have learned that magnets only attract metal.
Another experiment the children conducted was making their own tea bags. Using various herbs, the children were encouraged to smell them, before wrapping them in different colour tissue paper. Placing their homemade teabags into cups and poured in cold water the children observed how the water changed colour depending on the paper they used. The staff extended the children’s learning by encouraging them to observe change and compare the difference of floating and sinking between the real tea bags and their own made tea bags. This activity provided excellent opportunities for children to develop their language, listening and critical thinking skills.