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Preschool Science Center
Weather Window - It is easy for us to not pay too much attention to the weather around us. A Weather Window is essentially a decorated frame made from poster board that your preschoolers look through to report the weather. If your science center is close to a window, just attach your Weather Window to the inside of the window frame. During circle time, choose a preschooler to check the weather and report it back to class. If you have access to an outside area you can include a thermometer and a rain gauge. For a daily charting activity, chart the weather by the week or month.
Science Tree - A great way to learn about seasons is to have a tree in your science center. Fill an empty planter half full with sand. Stick a tree limb with branches into the sand. Fill the planter with gravel. Decorate according to the season.
Summer - Tie green hand prints to branches for leaves.
Add insect crafts, such as grasshoppers and ladybugs, to branches and around the base of the tree.
Fall - Replace green hand prints with multi-colored hand prints for fall foliage.
Place pumpkin crafts, as well as miniature pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn, around the tree.
Winter - Replace all leaves with cut paper snowflakes. Hang extra snowflakes from the ceiling.
Paint three miniature pumpkins white and glue them together to make a snowman. Display beside your tree.
Spring - Wrap the tips of the branches with green yarn or crepe paper.
Attach hand print butterflies to some of the branches. Hang extra butterflies from the ceiling.
A great chart that corresponds with your Science Tree is a 12 month pie chart. Label each section of the chart with a different month. Find a tree close to your class. Take a class picture in front of the tree each month and add the photo to the chart. By the end of the year you will have a wonderful record of how the seasons, and your preschoolers, have changed.
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You can extend the fun and learning activities in your preschool science center with this terrific All About Me Science Garden lesson plan!