Science for Young Minds

''Children are naturally curious and instinctively work to explore the world around them. Infants put everything in their mouths, toddler’s ask try to figure out how things fit together and preschoolers ask “why” again and again and again. The scientific process for young children involves observing, predicting, experimenting and interpreting. This might sound like a complicated process for young children but children naturally engage in this process by watching, guessing, playing and experimenting. This process allows children to explore the world and how things work, gain new knowledge, learn and explore and develop critical life skills. Through science exploration, young children engage their curiosity, develop language skills, have real-world, concrete experiences and practice critical thinking and problem solving. These skills prepare them for school and life!

In addition, MSU Extension also offers a variety of downloadable resources for parents and caregivers interested in learning about cognition and general knowledge in young children. 

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Science Activities for Young Minds

November 22, 2016

Learn ideas for facilitating science with young children so they gain important life skills and experience the excitement of science exploration.


4-H Science Blast in the Class

Science Blast in the Class is a great resource for teachers in the classroom, those working in after-school programs or as part of a club. The guide includes 13 hands-on lessons as well as support materials to enrich the learning process.

MSU Extension also recommends the following additional resources: