Are you struggling with infusing Science into to your childcare program? Are you lost on what type of items to add to your Science center, and how to set up your space? No fear! Below, I will share some Science related spaces, recommend items to add, and suggest some invitations to create.
Be sure to download your Free Science Space Checklists and specimen sorting mat at the bottom of this post as well!
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The space you provide for Science should allow the children in your care to view, touch, record, and explore items from the world around them. As with many other learning spaces, the Science Space can be changed out to reflect the changing interests of the children in your care-or the different thematic topics you are inviting the children in your program to learn more about.
Are you looking for a list of items you can add to your sensory table? You've come to the right spot! A sensory table or bin can be used for much more than than just scooping and pouring! It can be transformed into a vessel for children to explore all of their senses, nature and the world around them.
Below you will find a variety of suggested items to add to your sensory bins, and photos featuring our FB Community Members! Be sure to download your free copy of my sensory bin checklists at the bottom of this post!
If you are short on space, a sensory table can be interchanged with a single bin or bowl set on a low table or the floor. Rather than a bin, you can create a sensory invitation using a tray or basket that you place on table or shelf. Smaller items can be added to childproof bottles, and tubes for younger children to explore safely.
A search on the internet for a DIY sensory bin will yield many low cost DIY options. You can easily build one from PVC piping, or simply cut a hole in low table (such as a coffee table) and slip a plastic bin inside.
More options for sensory bins include a Baby Bath, Large Plastic Bowl, Inflatable Pool or Dish Pan
Another low cost option is the table from IKEA. It's small lightweight size is great for home childcare providers with smaller spaces. The two trofast bins inside the table can be removed and stored, and the covers it comes with allow the table to be used for table top activities.
Make clean up a breeze by adding a plastic tablecloth, shower curtain, sheet, drop cloth, butcher paper, newspaper, washable rug or mat under the table/bin. Keep a small hand broom, and dustpan near by and teach the children how to sweep with it. Keep old towels nearby for easy clean up as well.
Fill your bin with a base and include tools that will allow children to manipulate the base. These objects can also be used to improve skills such as fine motor skills, sorting, etc.
More from our community members
Materials to use as a base
Tools to add to your sensory table/bin
Explore touch! Add a variety of different tools and textured items to explore the concepts of smooth, rough, soft, and bumpy etc.
Invite children to explore their sense of sight! Add objects and tools that allow them to explore colors, and light!
Add items and tools that allow the children to explore sounds!
Invite children to explore items that can be found in nature!
Explore the properties of liquids!
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