Back Yard Fun for Kids
It’s always exciting to find safe fun science experiments for kids.
We particularly like this fun science activity for kindergarten kids and preschoolers.
It’s a simple, low cost, fun science as well as an opportunity for grown ups to interact with their young kids outdoors.
“Why aren’t the kids playing outside?”- you probably need some fun outdoor activities for kids to take part in like this. You’ll find this play idea will encourage your young kids to play outside and to take a closer look at the world around them.
Besides kindergarten lessons with magnifying glasses, this activity will give your child lots and lots to talk about and encourage her use of vocabulary.
Recording her findings in her science scrapbook/journal and receiving praise – lots of praise – for her work will boost her self esteem. Remember a kids digital camera is a wonderful way for little ones to record what they observe.
“A Science Walk”
Even a walk around the yard can provide many opportunities to introduce children to scientific concepts and processes by helping them to gain the scientific habit of observing what’s around them.
Observing closely is an important part of science, and tools such as a magnifying glass help scientists—even young ones—to observe, measure and do things that they otherwise could not do.
What You Need
- A magnifying glass
- Science journal (a notebook or scrapbook your child can use)
What to Do
Take a walk outside with your child—around the yard, to the end of the block, in the park—anywhere that’s convenient. Invite her to bring along her science journal and show her how to use a magnifying glass.
As you walk, stop and—depending on the season—ask her to use the lens to examine things such as the following:
- leaves (from the same tree, one on the ground and one on the tree)
- a flower
- a mud puddle
- a rock
Ask her to talk about what she observes. Ask, for example:
-“What’s on each side of this leaf?”
– “How is this leaf on the ground different from the one on the tree? ”
– “Are all the petals on this flower the same size and color?”
– “Are these snowflakes exactly alike? How are they different? ”
– “How many legs does this bug have? ”
– “How many colors can you see in this mud puddle?”
- Other questions you might ask as she observes and examines things along the way include the following:
- Is it smooth or rough?
- Is it hard or soft?
- Is it dry or wet?
- Is it alive? How do you know?
- What shape is it?
Give your child two different kinds of rocks or flowers and ask her to tell you how they are alike and different.
Make sure she records her observations, reactions, findings and opinions in her science journal. Drawing pictures and taking photos are good ways to record observations, and you can help her to write appropriate captions. Encourage her to share her journal with others and to talk about her experiences.
This article was produced by :
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Communications and Outreach
Helping Your Child Learn Science
Washington, D.C., 2005
Enjoy your walk on the wild side!
“How much outdoor exercise do kids need?” We say the more the better.
Safe fun science experiments for kids like this have the added advantage of
persuading your children to play outdoors and to experience their world at first hand.
For more fun outside activities for kids, why not look at crafts & science activities for kids to do now.