Easy science experiments | Easy Kids Science Experiments

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Science experiments for elementary school students do not require fancy equipment or complicated questions. The National Science Education Standards developed in 1996 emphasize inquiry, scientific process, and underlying properties and concepts that apply across scientific disciplines. If the goal is for children to learn how to think like a scientist, then the how is more important than the what.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines science as “The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena.” Young children do this type of inquiry naturally. Parents and teachers can use children’s curiosity as the starting point for meaningful scientific experimentation. Children should be encouraged to observe and manipulate common objects, problem solve, and find their own answers to their own questions.

Young Children Experiment With Toys
Using children’s everyday play as fodder for scientific investigation is as easy as getting them to think about how their toys work. Balls provide excellent opportunities to learn about motion and position. As they push, pull, throw, and drop, they learn about force, energy, position, and relative location. Ideally, experiments are jointly created by adult and child to capitalize on a child’s interests.

For an example of an experiment based on a child’s question, pretend that a child is interested in determining which one of the many balls stored in the garage bounces the highest. An adult and child could work together to design and implement an investigation to answer that question, learning about important scientific concepts such as observation, measurement, and critical thinking.

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