A good preschool science activity encourages your child to observe similarities and differences, and ask "why" questions.
Nature walks are a favorite at our house. I'm not the outdoorsy type so it took time for me to learn to enjoy nature. Now I look forward to our walks in the neighborhood, at the park, and at local lakes and nature preserves.
Usborne's Beginners Nature books provide accurate information and suggestions for child-friendly websites and activities.
Here's some additional information about Usborne books for preschoolers.
When taking a nature walk, leave enough time in your schedule to allow your child to freely explore. Point out different plants, trees, bugs and animals. Prepare a scavenger hunt by making a picture list of items your child should look for. Encourage her to collect leaves, rocks, flowers, acorns or bugs.
Bundle up and take walks in the wintertime, or put on boots and grab an umbrella for rainy day outings. Discuss differences in weather and seasons, and if you live in a safe neighborhood, don't be afraid to go out at night.
Nature takes on a different look after the sun goes down. Venturing out after dark is a great preschool science activity. It gives your child a chance to observe the moon, stars and night creatures. It is also a fun time to cuddle up on the patio, tell stories and play with flashlights.
It was a great way to dispose of those pesky little houseflies!
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