Science Idea #1: The Warm Up

[su_heading size=”24″ align=”left” margin=”40″]Science is all around you[/su_heading]

Science is about learning from the world around us!  Any time you have a question, be sure to ask me by leaving a comment below!

[su_pullquote align=”right”]Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.

Wernher von Braun[/su_pullquote]

Being a scientist begins when you ask questions about what you see happening and changing around you.  For example: What makes a flower change colors? Why do things fall down instead of up? What makes the sky changes colors?  The more you pay attention to the things you see, hear, smell, touch, and taste in the world around you, the better scientist you will become.

Here’s a science warm-up game to play with somebody else.  This could be with a brother or sister, your Dad or your Mom.

[su_heading size=”20″ margin=”40″]WHAT YOU NEED[/su_heading]

 A watch or kitchen timer

 Blindfold

 Small objects that can be moved easily—things like stuffed animals, shoes, books, etc.

[su_heading size=”20″ margin=”40″]WHAT YOU DO[/su_heading]

  1. Scatter all the small objects throughout the room.
  2. Your partner has exactly one minute to look around the room and notice as many details as possible—things like what kinds of stuffed animals are on your bed, or how many shoes are lying on the floor, or whether the lights are on or off.
  3. With your partner’s eyes covered, you make five changes in the room such as removing one of the shoes, turning off the light, or etc.
  4. With blindfold removed, your partner tries to pick out the five things that you changed.
  5. Trade places.  This time, you cover your eyes, and maybe move to a different room.  After a few turns, both of you will have become better observers.

[su_heading size=”24″ align=”left” margin=”40″]Another Variation[/su_heading]

You might want to get a cookie sheet from the kitchen and put 10 or so objects on it and then cover it with a towel. One of you takes a object of the cookie sheet and the other one tries to figure out what is missing.  Try this a few times, taking turns, and then try doing the activity above with an entire room.

Have fun!!!! Let me know how it turns out.

Note for the Parents/Teacher: 

Help the children understand that this little activity is at the root of all science experiments. The role of the scientist is to observe changes in whatever they are studying. Scientific breakthroughs come when the scientist is able to explain changes in the subject in certain circumstances.

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