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Type: Projects   Skills: Critical ThinkingScience & Environment
A science kit can help kids learn to observe, explore and experiment. As they make their own discoveries, they’ll use critical thinking and problem solving skills. For next to nothing, you can create your own home science kit that kids can use throughout the day to do what scientists do – learn about the world around them. Home Science Kit
What We Learn
Observe, explore and experiment
Critical thinking and problem solving
Think like scientists
Supply List
Box
Magnifying glasses
Rulers
Plastic tweezers
Small plastic containers (like for salsa or sour cream)
Measuring tape
Steno pads
Pencils or writing utensils
How-To
First, purchase the storage boxes and materials. You can purchase these materials at the 99 Cents Store, a hardware store, or any discount store for a total price of under $10 - $20 dollars. A lot of them you may already have at home.

STORAGE BOXES -- This houses the materials and helps kids learn respect for the contents.

SMALL CONTAINERS -- These are for storage and collection. It provides an opportunity for the kids to make decisions (if they only have one container, what will they bring back)

STENO PADS & WRITING UTENSILS -- We need these for pre-writing skills. Also by documenting their experience, kids will be exercising observation skills (kids can’t draw if they haven’t been observing).

MEASURING TAPES & RULERS -- Measuring tapes and rulers help kids with observation and fine motor skills.

TWEEZERS -- Adds more of a science feeling and aid with fine motor development. It also introduces kids to science tools

MAGNIFYING GLASSES -- Also helps with observation skills – you can always tell kids to “look,” but magnifying glasses help them look for detail and look deeper at texture and other attributes of the item.

Next, label the box “science kit.” Then, introduce your kit to the children along with the vocabulary associated with the materials.

Finally, allow your children to explore the environment. Remember to encourage them to write down or scribble their observations in the steno pad included in their science kit. When they’re finished exploring, discuss with them what they saw and wrote down.

Just as you would with all children, you should observe how a child with disabilities uses these materials and adapt them accordingly. For example, you might want to include a larger container with an easy-open lid for a child with a physical disability.

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