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If you've ever watch children play, you can see how much fun they have pretending.  Sometimes they are building social skills or practicing their communication and launguage skills. 

And other times, they are exploring new areas of the world such as science.

Quite a few pretend play activities also lead to science exploration and discovery.  You'll notice kids asking questions such as "why?" and "how?" as they engage in various activities. 

Many times, children don't realize that they are learning about chemistry and physics while they have fun.  And play like this will continue to enhance a child's curiosity as they explore new

We had some wonderful ideas for science-based pretend play shared at last week's Discover & Explore linky.  It's very easy to introduce different science concepts when setting up Invitations to Play or allowing kids the opportunity to be curious as they play.  Try engaging the kids in similar activities to encourage their interest in science.


Discovering Science thru Pretend Play

Pretend Play & Science Discovery

Small World play is a wonderful way to introduce animal habits to kids!  There are many different parts of nature that most of us don't get to see every day.  In order to expand your child's interest in the world, you can bring parts of the world to them in a creative play setting.

If you don't live near a desert, you can construct a Desert Small World like the one at Crayon Box Chronicles.

Kids will also enjoy learning about the world of reptiles with this Alligator Small World from Twodaloo or this fun Turtle-themed water table from Craftulate.

And explore the life of a penguin with this Penguin Salt Tray from Fantastic Fun & Learning.


Small World Play for Science Discovery


Play is also a great way to introduce chemistry to kids!  Anytime they mix substances together, they are learning about things like saturation, absorbtion and soluable substances. 

Happy Hooligans shows us how easy it is by setting up this Pretend Coffee Shop where kids can mix all types of solids and liquids to make their own 'coffee or tea'.  And My Nearest and Dearest set up a great Soap Factory where kids can also explore the chemistry of mixing colors!


Kids will explore various physics and engineering concepts during play too.  Lemon Lime Adventures shared an awesome post on Creating a Cardboard City -- such a fun way to practice building and construction.


Be sure to come back this afternoon for this week's linky --Music & Instruments!

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Mary Catherine Wednesday, 15 January 2014 · Edit Reply

Oh, I just love the link between pretend play and science learning!! It's never "just playing" with kids -- they are always learning. Science and pretend play is a great combination. Thanks for all of the ideas!

Dayna @ Lemon Lime Adventures Wednesday, 15 January 2014 · Edit Reply

Thank you so much for featuring our cardboard city.

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Jacquie is the founder & owner of Edventures with Kids, a site that shares unique kid’s activities, fun ways to learn and inspriation for family travel.  She is an educator, nature lover and mom to 2 great kids.  Jacquie enjoys exploring new places with her family and loves encouraging kids to be creative & curious!  Visit our About Us section for more information about Jacquie & Edventures with Kids!






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