*Before conducting the experiments below, make sure to check with parents and guardians about children’s allergies.
Hands-on activities and experiments are a great activity to build into your curriculum. What do hands-on experiments teach children? Well, a lot of things. They will learn how to build a hypothesis or prediction of what will happen. They will learn how to make observations and depending on age, take notes and keep a log of what was observed. They will learn the concept of trial and error. They will learn reasoning, problem-solving, negotiation, communication, technology, and social skills. Personally, most of my memories of learning as a young child were during those activities when I could get up, move around, and contribute first-hand to the project.