Science When children explore science the process of investigating is much more important that the knowledge that comes from investigating. Young children need a lot of action, not a lot of facts. Types of science activities: Formal science – planned by the teacher to develop particular skills. Fine motor skills – pouring and measuring with tools in the sensory table. Cognitive skills – learn colors, cause and effect, heavy/light, learn about planets, your body, etc. Informal science – little or no teacher involvement. Children work on their own and only when they feel like it. Most informal science activities occur in the discovery (science) center. Objects/materials that are provided in the science area stimulate curiosity, exploration, and problem solving. Incidental science – cannot be planned. Because of the high winds, the trees may be knocked down; because of the heavy rain, streets might be flooded. This is a time for investigation. Take children for a walk examine tree branches, twigs, barks, etc. What children learn in the discovery (science) area: Life science – plants, animals (how they live, grow) Physical science – magnets, balls, ramps; learn how things move; experiment with mixing different combination of things (sand and water, vinegar and baking soda, flour and water); to learn about physical properties. Earth and the Environment – include rocks, shells, and other items from the earth’s surface. Use recycled items for experimentation.