Today Trisha from Inspiration Laboratories is sharing a set of ideas that combine two of our favorite activities – science and picture books! Trisha, who wrote the A to Z’s of science for kids, has tons of fun kids activities on her site – be sure to pop over there and try out a few!
There are two things we love the most in our house – books and science. I love it when I have the opportunity to combine the two. Here are several science activities inspired by children’s books.
Science Activities Inspired by Children’s Books
Read My Five Senses by Aliki and try our Fizzy Coconut Lime Play Dough. It’s a great sensory experience for 4 of our 5 senses!
Take an imaginary trip to the moon while reading If You Decide To Go To The Moon. Then, learn more about the Sun, Moon, and Earth in this easy astronomy for kids activity.
Learn about the planets by reading Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun by Marianne Berkes. Then try our planet order activity to make a model of the solar system.
Let’s Go Rock Collecting is a great book for inspiring first-time rock collecting. Check out my tips for getting started with rock collecting.
Read Heat Wave by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Conduct a simple experiment to explore color and temperature. I love that preschoolers can complete all of the steps to this experiment themselves.
We’ve done many measuring activities. After reading The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss, we measured our feet and then used our feet to measure lots of other things. See also our measuring practice ideas to go along with Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni.
Read Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss and go on an outdoor sound hunt.
Learn about shadows by using The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson.
Yucky Worms by Vivian French inspired us to look for earthworms in our own backyard. Take a look at all of our backyard earthworm experiments.
Pond Circle by Betsy Franco is a good book to use for introducing food chains to kids. The book talks about how one organism eats another that eats another and so on. It reminds me a little of The Green Grass Grew All Around song in the additive nature of the book. I used the organisms in the book to create a food chain lesson.
Have you ever made cake in the microwave? We read Whopper Cake by Karma Wilson and did some kitchen chemistry that resulted in a yummy treat. I modeled the recipe and then I let the kids create their own cup cakes in the microwave.
Here’s a fun science exploration and potion’s lab to go along with What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt.
If you enjoyed these activities, I’d love to have you over at Inspiration Laboratories where there’s even more fun activities for kids.
Bio: Trisha is an educator with a passion for science literacy and mom to Aiden and Lily. She’s the creator of Inspiration Laboratories, a blog dedicated to encouraging learning through creativity and play, and Read Science, a blog that showcases science activities inspired by children’s books.