Exploring the properties of objects and materials is one of a child’s first introductions to the concept of matter.
By conducting simple experiments, children will learn how to describe an objects properties. Get the conversation started by gathering materials from around the house. Set out items such as a plastic toy, stick, paperclip, and cotton ball on the table and ask your child to explain how each object feels. Talk about the similarities and differences in shape, texture, weight, and flexibility between materials. Experiment by filling up the bathtub or container with water to see if objects float and sink. The best way for children to learn is through conversations and experimentation with you. Let the fun begin!
Here are some points to ponder:
- All materials have specific qualities: size, shape, magnetic attraction, weight, texture, and sinking or floating in water.
- Materials are either natural or human-made.
- Materials have different purposes and uses because of their specific qualities.
How will I know if my child has met kindergarten standard?
- My child can observe and sort objects by qualities such as size, shape, magnetic attraction, weight, texture, and sinking or floating in water.
- My child compares different types of materials including: wood, plastic, metal, cloth, and paper, and identifies if the materials are natural or human-made.
- My child investigates with different materials to discover how they are used to solve a problem or fill a need.
Activities and Multimedia
Looking for hands-on activities and experiments? We’ve got you covered. Check out this sorting activity from Little Life Long Learners, or this flexibility activity from Around the Kampfire. Creation and exploration promote independent learning and provide an opportunity meaningful conversations.
For additional lesson plans, experiments, and videos, visit Sesame Street’s Little Discovers page.
Check out BrainPopJr. to learn more about matter. BrainPopJr. has additional resources including more educational videos, games and activities.
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Books to Read
The titles below will help you and your child discuss the properties of matter together. Want us to pull books for you? Contact us at 803-799-9084 and request to have books sent to your nearest Richland Library location.