Playing with Science – Plants and Nature

March 19, 2015 Published by

Edited by Georgia-Mae Evans 

  

Toys


Children under the age of five can begin by investigating plants in their garden and local park – you can also try getting your child to create collages or leaf prints (by painting one side and pressing it down on a piece of paper).

Little Labs Botany Kit

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In Key Stage 1, children will start to look at how plants change as they grow. Try giving your child an area of the garden where they can grow their own flowers, fruit and vegetables. This is great for encouraging your child to observe the plants growing – they will love seeing their very own strawberries getting riper each day, and then being able to proudly offer them to members of the family. There is also the brilliant Little Labs Botany kit by Thames and Kosmos which allows children to grow their own plants from seeds, as well as letting them conduct experiments to learn how different plants need water, light and heat to grow.

I don’t know whether the weather will improve

 

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Children in Key Stage 1 will start to observe the different types of weather, and learn that the seasons change through the year. Try getting your child to create their own weather report for the week – you could get them to draw weather symbols (e.g. sun or sunglasses, rain or an umbrella) in a diary, or maybe help them film their own weather report each day of the week.

You can also encourage them to experiment with science kits. Children can create their own clouds with the Weather Science set by 4M, and this can introduce them to global warming, too.

Amazing Rainbow Daffodils (5-7 years)

Amazing rainbow Daffodils

Children under the age of five can begin by investigating plants in their garden and local park – you can also try getting your child to create collages or leaf prints (by painting one side and pressing it down on a piece of paper).

To help older children understand the science behind ‘Capillary Action’, making rainbow daffodils is a simple experiment that shows how plants take water up to their stems to the petals.

Apps


NAMOO- Wonders of Plant Life (8-10 Years)

I don’t know whether the weather will improve

Namoo Wonders of Plant Life Recommended by Good App Guide

Children in Key Stage 1 will start to observe the different types of weather, and learn that the seasons change through the year. Try getting your child to create their own weather report for the week – you could get them to draw weather symbols (e.g. a sun or sunglasses, rain or an umbrella) in a diary, or maybe help them film their own weather report each day of the week.

Tinybob Weather App (5-6 Years)

Tinybop Weather App Reviewed by Good App GuideYou can also encourage them to experiment on the Tinybob Weather App by playing with the sun, air, water, temperature, wind, and precipitation. Dive into a cloud and see what it’s made of. Make it rain, make it snow, or make a thunderstorm. Whirl a tornado or a hurricane. Discover the signs that tell you what it’s going to be like outside today. Kids play and learn about the atmospheric forces that make the weather and affect us everyday.

Another good app is Toca Nature where children can use their imagination to create their own worlds. They can shape nature and watch is develop but planting trees, growing a forest and raise a mountain.

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