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Inquiry-Based Life Science Activities for Children

Inquiry-based science is an investigative approach to teaching and learning that provides children with opportunities to investigate a problem, search for possible solutions, make observations, ask questions, test out ideas, use their intuition, and think creatively.

Life Science is often fascinating to young children, and we can use their interests to plan experiments or activities for them to engage to make predictions, observe cause and effect, and use their five senses.

Katelyn, a Child Development Consultant at Childcare Resources, shares a few examples on things educators and parents can do to spark this natural fascination and curiosity:

  • Engage children in interactive read-alouds where they are actively asking and answering questions and making predictions rather than passively listening.

  • Provide opportunities for children to witness natural wonders where they can engage in activities which allow them to make predictions, observe cause and effect, and use their five senses.

  • Provide introductory hands-on experiences that strengthen exploration, fine motor development, communication, and problem-solving skills.

  • Prompt children to explain prior knowledge about certain topics asking age-appropriate questions to allow children to make connections to their personal life.

Consider trying these activities with your children to get their creativity and scientific interests flowing:

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