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How much fun can be had at preschool? This is the question I think of when it comes to a preschooler's science learning center. This can be the perfect place for discovery and learning. All the teacher has to do is provide the materials and the learning comes along naturally. So, let's learn about setting up this discovery or science learning center in your preschool.
Many preschools have a discovery table in their preschool. If you do not, no worries, a large dishpan can be substituted. What can you put in your discovery table? It depends on your theme for the week.
THEME WHAT TO PUT IN THE TABLE
summer, beach sand, sand toys, sifting utensils, shells
flowers dirt, small gardening tools, artificial flowers to plant
gardening rice or dry beans with small gardening tools
winter snow, toys to play in the snow: same as sand toys
colors water and food coloring for mixing colors, eye droppers
bubbles dish soap mixed with water and wands for blowing bubble, straws
magnets different size magnets with items made of different materials for testing
water water and items that sink or float, different sizes of cups and spoons
transportation small trucks and cars, pipes for running through
cooking flour with measuring cups and spoons
Try putting a variety of items in your discovery table with magnifying glasses and/or mirrors. Put a roll of pennies and encourage them to fill cups or roll them on their sides. Carve a pumpkin and play with the seeds at Halloween. Fill with dried pasta for a new sensory experience. Give them containers with lids for shaking. Finger paint in your discovery table, no paper needed.
You can see that anything goes when it comes to being creative with your discovery table. Keep anything and everything on hand to be used in learning science. Set it up for your little ones and they will experiment and learn how things work with little prompting from you.