What could I bring in from the backyard for science show and tell?

Also original ideas outside the backyard, I’ve got an Aloe Vera plant for this week but next week I’m stuck. Also this is for a pre schooler, 4 1/2 yrs old.

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4 Responses to “What could I bring in from the backyard for science show and tell?”

  1. koolkatmic said:

    maybe a grasshopper or a butterfly in a small bug house with netting…its always cool to see a living creature….kids become very amused by bugs that they know wont hurt them.

    hope this helps :]

  2. yorkie said:

    my first thought was my cat. but he’s not much use to you.

    do you have any plants with nice flowers on them? press a flower if you do.

    any snail shells or interesting stones?

    we have tomato plants that are just starting to fruit.

    my son would probably take his roller skates that he wears in the garden

  3. :) :P :D said:

    I’m trying to rack my brain to remember what the kids in my class brought in when we shared this topic. They only had to bring in one thing each though, not over a few weeks.

    Here’s a couple of thoughts…

    leaves are simple. If there are any leaves changing colour with the season it’s interesting to look at the differences. Otherwise you could help your child make some leaf rubbings (where you put the leaf under paper and gently rub over it with crayon / pencil to make an imprint on the paper). Preschoolers are introduced to size concepts at school too. You could find leaves of different sizes and your child could simply show the class how to order them.

    If you have birds around you could do the same type of thing with feathers that you find together.

    Any moss growing on a rock under a shady tree?

    Any interesting shaped rocks that could be transformed into a pet rock with some wiggly eyes and wool hair?

    If your child is a big talker, send in a bag of a few items; rocks, leaves, feathers etc and let your child show the others what floats and what sinks.

    Any bug, beetle or insect is always interesting but, depending on where you are, they may be tricky to find. You can often pick up bug catchers at $2 shops very easily. Or else use a jar with holes poked in the lid.

    A kite could be interesting for science if you have one. If you have a sandpit, send in a bucket and spade and a photo of your child building in there. It’s amazing how much physics goes on in a sandpit!

    Don’t necessarily limit yourself to the backyard. The local park might have some interesting things. I’m sure the teacher wouldn’t mind a bit of an extension there. After all, it’s still from outside and there may be more variety in the park than a backyard (depending on where you live).

    Well, that’s all I can think of for now. Hope something sparks some imagination for you and your preschooler!

  4. a c said:

    sunflower head- they are cool!
    bugs- worms etc in a container.
    let kids collect them and release later.
    get them to guess how many in the yard


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