It is natural for four-to-six-year-olds to experiment in their daily lives. When too many ice cubes are placed in a glass of soda, the result is a messy discovery, demonstrating displacement. When magnets are used to display art on the refrigerator, children are introduced to magnetic principles. To encourage science exploration, ask open-ended questions. “What do you think will happen if…” is a very important question to ask your children. An open-ended question requires no right or wrong answer, but simply asks for a suggestion. “What do you think will happen if you put the magnets together?” “What do you think will happen if you put the big block on top and the small block on the bottom?” These questions spur self-initiated experiments and discovery.
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