Tuesdays in June
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 month. During our month 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.
What goes up must come down. This is a concept that all children will explore at some point, but did you know it is also a fundamental physics principle? Babies are natural physicists, constantly exploring the limits of gravity, mass, and space around them. This month, Science Sprouts will offer opportunities for little scientists to learn about and test basic physics concepts through playful, open-ended, hands-on activities. Caregivers will also learn about their child’s development and how it relates to learning. Science Sprouts is recommended for children aged 0-3, caregivers, and siblings.
Hands-on activities may include:
- Testing the theory of gravity with bouncing objects.
- Building bridges and learning about the concept of suspension.
- Learning about thermodynamics and heat conduction with ice cubes.
10 – 10:30 a.m. EST
Cost: Free with Admission