Tuesdays in February
Science Sprouts is a weekly science enrichment program designed especially for infants, toddlers and their families. At an early age, infants and toddlers have the ability to explore and observe the world around them. Infants and toddlers are natural scientists, and Science Sprouts is a time for them to explore, experiment, and build skills ranging from physical development to social emotional development. Every week we will practice the skills of exploring, hypothesizing, testing, and sharing results. Science Sprouts offers an opportunity for hands-on science exploration in a supportive, community-oriented environment.
Science Sprouts activities are designed and facilitated by early childhood specialists and include hands-on exploration, live music, body movement, and a commitment to accurate science. Together we will explore a broad range of science topics, with a different focus each February. During our February of anatomy, we may work with life-sized bone castings to piece together a whole human skeleton! If we are exploring physics, we may use ramps, balls, and cars to test Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion. Science Sprouts is engaging for infants, toddlers, and caregivers alike.
A robust body of research shows that the first three years are the most sensitive period for brain development. There are many early childhood education programs, but few of them take into account the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers; sometimes called “sensory-motor learners.” By providing a program designed SPECIFICALLY for infants toddlers, we recognize that this is an essential time of development that requires unique tools and teaching.
Oh, whether the weather is calm… this February in Science Sprouts we are exploring the wonderful world of weather! This program is thoughtfully crafted to provide a hands-on, science-based approach to learning about common weather phenomena, such as rain, snow, sleet, hail, and more! Through creative play and interactive activities, participants will learn how to dress for different weather, why rainbows occur in the sky, and how we can do our part to take care of the earth to slow climate change. This program features age-appropriate activities, games, songs, and playful exercises that encourage early learning. Science Sprouts is recommended for children aged 0-3, caregivers, and siblings.
Hands-on activities may include:
- Creating rainbows with mixed materials
- Building and observing a homemade cloud simulator
- Exploring the power of wind with household items
10 – 10:30 a.m. EST
Topic: Weather Wonders
Cost: Free with Admission