Science is exploring, discovering and developing an awareness of the world around us. Science for the young child also means taking things apart, seeing how sand and water move, experimenting, being curious asking questions and making predictions.
Children study natural sciences by having animals in the classroom, growing and caring for plants, observing growth in themselves and others and observing weather and changes in the seasons. Preschool science consists of hands on, concrete experiences. For example, when children cook or bring snow in the classroom and watch the changes, they are studying the physical sciences and gaining an understanding of changes and properties. Other science activities include using magnets, light tables and magnifying glasses. As children explore, their observations lead to scientific guesses and predictions, and eventually to finding ways to record their observations.