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Creating a Science Center for Kids!

July 10, 2009 20:46 by Barbara Shelby

School Age Programs should inlude a Science Center or Table! 
Some  Ideas to bring into your Science area are:

 BOOKS & RESOURCES ON...

  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Animals/Pets
  • Birds
  • Biographies/Stories of well known scientists 
  • Botany
  • Caves
  • Endangered Species
  • Experiments
  • Fish
  • Life Cycle Books (Frog & Butterfly)
  • Life Cycle Posters
  • Measurements
  • Rainforest
  • Weather/Clouds

SUPPLIES: 

  • Animal Match Games
  • Ant Farm/Ants
  • Aquarium to use for fish-- as well as for Float or Sink Experiments
  • Barometer
  • Binoculars
  • Bird Nests
  • Butterfly Net
  • Bones
  • Bugs
  • Color Paddle Set
  • Computer/Internet Connection
    .....There are tons of Science Activity Sites and Games
  • CONTAINERS FOR:
    .....Bugs, Collections
    ......Bug Houses
  • BONES:
    .....Beef, Pork, Chicken
  • Color slides
  • Compass
  • Flowers/Flower Seeds/Vegetable seeds-seedlings 
  • Frozen Fish
  • Goggles
  • Globe
  • *INGREDIENTS TO MAKE: Gak/Goop/Glarch/ Flubber/Silly Putty/Play Dough
  • Kaleidoscopes
  • Lab and Science Kits/Crystal Growing Kit
  • Leaves
  • Levers/Pulleys
  • Plants
  • Program Pet
  • Magnet Kits
  • Magnifiers
  • Maps
  • MEASUREMENTS:
    .....Bath Scale
    .....Measuring Cups/Spoons
    .....Meter/Yard Sticks
    .....Mixing Bowls
    .....Rulers
    .....Scales and Weights
  • Microscopes
  • Mirrors
  • Owl Pellets
  • Pickled Eggs
  • Prism Light Center
  • Rocks, Minerals, Fossils
  • Terrarium
  • Thermometer
  • THINGS TO TAKE APART:

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    ...Clocks, Small Appliances
  • .....Cameras, Computers,
  • .....Old Toys 
  • .....Out-of-date Nintendo equipment
  • Tornado Bottles
  • Tuning Fork
  • Tweezers, Forceps
  • Shells
  • Skeleton
  • Slinky
  • Sniff Jars
  • Soil, Twigs, Sticks
  • Sand
  • Specimen Bags
  • Squishy-Feely Things
  • Sun Sensitive Paper
  • Supplies to make Tornado Bottles
  • Wasp/Bee Nests
  • Wheels and Pulleys
  • X-Rays of Humans and Animals

INCLUDE:

  • Science-Related Coloring Pages
  • Word Search
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Recipes to make snacks that look like bugs,etc.

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  TIP: *If you have the following items in your storage area, you'll be able to make just about any playdough or goop recipe there is!

  • Alum (Powdered)
  • Baking Soda
  • Borax
  • Corn Starch
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Flour
  • Food Coloring
  • Glitter
  • Ivory Snow Clothes Detertent
  • Jell-O/Gelatin
  • Sugar Free Kool Aid
  • Liquid Starch
  • Salt
  • Vegatable Oil
  • White Glue

For ingredients to make SPECIAL PLAYDOUGH such as 'Peanut Butter, Cotton, Coffee, Lint, etc.-- see the PlayDough category 

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THE EARTH'S WONDERS

Display natural earth wonders such as :
Sea shells, rocks, crystals, geodes, pine cones, seeds, twigs, etc.
Encourage children to add to the collection. Provide magnifying glasses to study the items at this center...Photograph courtesy of 
Restoration Place.

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