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Thursday: Scientific Exploration


Parents Corner

Today’s activities are all about science, so we have equations on the brain. Anyone feeling confused by this one? 


1 + 1 + 1 = 3. 


Last time we checked, you’re only 1 person, and yet you’re playing the role of 3. Not so simple, it seams.


We’re all feeling a little lost without our village these days, and sometimes just reminding ourselves of the facts is reassuring enough to get up and keep going. Sending you some words of wisdom from child psychologist Emily King today, and a virtual high five from us. 

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Infants

Children are born with inquisitive minds and learn about their world through discovery. Scientific concepts are a natural part of every baby's life and it is never too early to expose them to scientific exploration. This week we are focusing on the sense of touch.


Activity - Touch Boards

What you need:

  • A large cutting board, cardboard or a plastic lid

  • Adhesive material to attach objects such as tape, glue or velcro

There are no set rules when it comes to touch boards so make yours as cost effective as possible with the items you already have at home.

What to do:

  • Just attach an array of objects onto the board and place it in front of your child and watch them be amazed at all the new sights and textures they see.

  • You can put random objects on your board or have a theme such as all things soft, squishy objects, hard objects, smooth objects.  

  • Once your baby gets bored of some of the items you can just switch out those for a few new ones. No need to make a whole new board!

With a variety of items to explore; your young learner will stay busy and attentive with interest and enthusiasm. 

Toddlers and Preschoolers


Activity- Mystery Game

Children love being detectives and finding the answers to a mystery. With just a few household items you can turn this favorite game into a tool for making children cognizant of their sense of touch as they are encouraged to employ higher level thinking skills, as well as, practicing expressive and receptive language.


What you need

  • A few paper bags or a shoe box or a pillowcase

  • Start with familiar items such as a piece of lego, play dough, a truck, a doll and then add items not as familiar for a challenge


What to do

It is easy to get started. Just put one item in your mystery bag or box and invite children to guess what it is. Give open ended question clues to ignite your child’s thinking such as:  “What shape do you think you are feeling” and then “ Can you think of anything you have that has that shape”, “ Is the mystery object soft or hard”. 


Once they have figured out what the object is with their sense of touch or possibility by peeking into the mystery bag you can continue the conversation about the object by asking “Let’s see what clues we can come up with for the next time we use this object” in our mystery bag game.


After playing this game, you can extend this concept by finding a box to decorate and call it a “show and share” box. Each day you can drop a new object in the box and take turns with your child guessing what is in the box.

You can also shift this game from visual to using just auditory clues by adding objects that make a song. You can ask What do you think makes that sound”


Another idea is to make up a story with the items you put in your feely bag. For instance put a crayon in the mystery bag and say “Once upon a time there was a crayon," then pull out another item from the bag and have your child continue the story.


These are just a few ways to play this mystery game. See what new twists to this activity you and your child can come up with.  

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