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Fun science and craft ideas for a 4 year old?

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Hi!

My 4 year old has been asking so many questions about the world around us and I need help. She just got a weather vane that does all sorts of things for her; it's not enough. So I am asking you what can I get her? She loves all types of things so anything will do. I am thinking of doing a color experiment this week. But I need more!

Thanks in advance.

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My 4 year old LOVES the Magic School Bus books and videos.  He also loves doing experiments.  There's a million things you can do with vinegar and baking soda: volcanoes, filling balloons with gas, colorful fizzes when mixed with food coloring, etc...  You can freeze a block of ice with plastic toys inside and let her excavate them - give her various tools and items from the kitchen to use and let her figure out what is more helpful: like salt, sugar, etc.  We did a block of ice with dinosaurs and it was a big hit for my son.  

You can mix cornstarch with water until it forms oobleck, a substance that has liquid and solid properties at the same time...that's fun to play with.  

have fun

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Thanks! I am home from work all week and needed some ideas! I can't wait to do this with her.

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My kids have had lots of fun with colors by mixing different color playdough. We make our own so I'll sometimes divide the batch up and make a few different colors for them.

 

Sticking colored ceophane onto clear sticky back plastic was fun at that age too and makes a nice sun catcher to hang in the window. We've done some with a sprinkle of glitter too.

 

Making butter - pour cream into a screw top jar, stick on the lid and give it to your child to shake until it turns into butter. Mine really enjoyed doing that a couple of times.

 

Growing cress on a damp paper towel, or makign grass heads

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My DD is also 4 years old.

 

We just did a magnet theme and she really loved it. I used the What Makes A Magnet book from the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out series. I get them from the library, it's a great series. I also did the magnet activities in the Science Is Simple book. Another fantastic resource for this age.

 

We have done the vingear/baking soda volcano when we went to the beach.

 

I have another book by Learning Resources, the Human Body Flip Chart. I think it is designed for adults, but I love the layout and the concepts are very simple. There is a flip page for the circulatory, skeletal, muscular, digestive systems, etc.

 

We do a lot of activities learning about other countries. Lately, we have been using Usborne's Sticker Dolly Dressing Around the World and Around the World with Mouk to explore different countries. We cook recipes from countries that are in the book, listen to music, etc. We have the GeoPuzzle Europe continent puzzle, and a Melissa & Doug US floor puzzle, both of those come out of the closet frequently.

 

DK's First Nature Encyclopedia is another hit in our house. We check out books from the library all the time on different animals, insects, weather...

 

For a color experiment, buy a white flower (carnations and daisies work well), and add food coloring to the water in the vase. In 24 hours, the flower changes color. It's a neat lesson on how plants 'drink' water.

 

Maya's summer camp was themed Animal Olympics. I thought that was a really neat idea that you can do a lot with (fastest animals, strongest, ones that jump the highest).

 

DD went through a solar system phase a few months ago when it was a theme at her Montessori school. We borrowed my parents telescope and looked at the moon, visited a planetarium, and learned about the planets (which ones are gas planets, the hottest, the coldest, the order from the sun...)

 

DD LOVES science and nature....we do a lot around those two things. The Magic Treehouse books are also a huge hit. She learned a lot about the rainforest from one of the MT books and it's non-fiction companion book.

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 You can freeze a block of ice with plastic toys inside and let her excavate them - give her various tools and items from the kitchen to use and let her figure out what is more helpful: like salt, sugar, etc.  We did a block of ice with dinosaurs and it was a big hit for my son.  

 

I keep wanting to do this, and keep forgetting about it. I happened to read this while in the kitchen...I just grabbed her dinosaurs and a bowl filled with water. Now here's to hoping I don't forget that it is in the freezer!

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