Science Center for Pre-K, Preschool, and Kindergarten
How to set up and organize a Science Center in your preschool, pre-k, Head Start or kindergarten classroom.
Science Center Set-Up
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Why is Having a Science Center Important?
For preschoolers, daily life IS science. Research indicates that all children can learn science and should have the opportunity to become scientifically literate as early as possible. Effective science learning requires hands-on contact with materials, time to investigate and manipulate those materials and time to contemplate the results.
In order for scientific learning to happen, we must introduce children to science in the classroom at an early age. Many of us remember science as a boring subject in grade school involving lots of memorization, however, we are now beginning to see science as a way of thinking and trying to understand the world. Researchers now realize that active, hands-on learning provides the most meaningful and relevant learning experiences for children.
Science books are available for students to read in the science center. Children also enjoy looking at Zoobooks, Ranger Rick, and other science magazines for kids. Here are my favorite, kid-friendly science books for preschool classrooms:
Free Science Printables
Here are some free science printables I created to make science learning fun.
Planting and Growing
Kids love to watch things grow in the classroom. Here are some of my most successful planting and growing activities for the preschool classroom.
DIY Science Tools
Here are some of my favorite DIY science tools you can make on the cheap for your classroom!
Scientist of the Day FREE Printable
You can download a copy of the Scientist of the Day sign and read about how to incorporate this concept into your classroom on the blog HERE.
Science Center Materials