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can you name 5 scientific tools that a preschooler would use?

Im still homeschooling and Im teaching my kids about science. Next week we will be talking about different tools scientist use as we begin our own experiments.

Problem: there are sooo many different tools and I only want to discuss five, I just dont know what five to choose. Im trying to come up with tools that can easily be used by a preschooler. I have magnifier as one tool already. Any ideas?


Asked by sugahmamma at 2:06 PM on Jun. 25, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • I love a lot of the answers above, but my favorite scientific tool that I used when teaching my own children about earth science was the rain gauge. They LOVED reading that thing after a good rain!
    A telescope is girls loved theirs. Or even binoculars.
    A thermometer is a simple tool that children see all the time for various things.
    A scale. Your child can see the difference between the human weight scale and the kitchen food scale if you have both. But the common concept will be easy to explain.

    Oh wow, I wish my girls were young so we could relearn all the fun and different sciences again!

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 3:10 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • For weight or measure - scale, ruler, measuring cup, graduated cylinder (probably a little too technical for a preschooler)
    For viewing things - magifying glass, microscope, telescope, bug habitat, prism
    For safety - safety glasses or goggles, apron, gloves, smoke alarm, earplugs
    For hearing things - microphone, recorder, ampliphier


    Answer by TweenAndTwinMom at 2:19 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • a scale, a ruler, you already have the magnifier, a graduated cylinder, and safety equipment (goggles, gloves, apron - or dad's old shirt worn backwards, etc)

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:10 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • Magnifying glass, scale, telescope.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 2:07 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • microscope
    scalpel (for dissecting)
    gloves for sanitary control

    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:08 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • Air/liquid thermometer, microscope (with supervision), simple telescope, prizms, and a ruler.

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 2:08 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • magnifying glass, telescope, beakers, measuring tape, goggles, microscope, camera (to document your experiments), computer...

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 2:09 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • A ruler, beakers, a funnel (to pour things into), measuring cup, a dropper (maybe a medicine dropper)

    Answer by MKSers at 2:31 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • I should add that it depends on the type of science that you are planning on teaching. I taught my girls Life Science & Biology, Earth Science, Space Science, a bit of Chemistry, and General Science. I had someone else help with the Physical Science because I wasn't all that knowledgeable about conductivity, magnetics, electricity, etc.
    Have fun!

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 3:15 PM on Jun. 25, 2010

  • see-saw (fulcrum), skateboard ramp (inverted plan), scissors (fulcrom), wheel-barrow (wheel), shovel (lever), anything like that.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 3:25 PM on Jun. 25, 2010