Early Childhood
(3 - 8 years old)

"Young children don't need highly specialized or expensive equipment to learn how to explore the natural world scientifically. They do need the companionship of at least one adult who can share it." - Rachel Carson 

Items  Around the House

Cotton Balls
Popsicle Sticks
Rubber Bands
Marshmallows
Paper Towel Tubes
Loose Change
Painter Tape
Muffin Tins
Clothes Pins
Dry Beans
Tooth Picks
Paper Plates
Old Socks
Tissue Box
Ice Cube Trays
Hex Nuts
Spoons
Solo Cups
Paper Clips
Sticks
Poker Chips
Q-Tips
Cardboard
Rubber Bands
Dry Pasta
Pool Noodles
Rubber Bands
Play Dough
Tissue Paper
Old Keys
Washers
Rubber Bands

Logical and Mathematical

Colorful Dreidel
Spinning Tops

Explore motion

Colorful Balls
Balls

Explore how size and weight affect motion 

Magnifying Glass
Tools

tools have purpose

Pipette Inserted Into Test Tube
Eye Droppers

Learn how liquid behaves

Slice of Grapefruit
Mirrors

Reflection and properties of light

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Unifix Cubes

counting, sorting (concrete math)

Kids Blowing Bubbles
Bubbles

Geometry and air movement

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Magnets

Nature of materials

Baby Playing with Building Blocks
Blocks

Length, Measurement, balance, creative

Verbal and Linguistic

Notebook
Journals

recording thoughts and ideas

Image by Hannah Rodrigo
Word Games

exposure to letters and sounds

Image by Kimberly Farmer
Books

choose a big variety

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Labels

environmental print 

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Story Telling

Oral stories from the heart 

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Conversation

meaningful back and forth with eye contact