How soon is too soon when it comes to introducing your preschoolers to worksheets of any kind? Well, the earlier the better, especially if you are able to create a sense of curiosity and inquisitiveness in a preschooler with regard to a certain subject. The best subject to start with could be science, particularly animals and plants, since kids tend to get easily fascinated by them and also associate them with the real world.
Let’s consider a situation wherein you visit a zoo with your little one. It could be a good idea to get back home and introduce her to an animal worksheet, in which she needs to identify and name the different animals or point out the different parts of their body or simply color up the animal in the worksheet. Connecting real world science (here, biology) to actual science learning by means of a worksheet could go a long way in reinforcing learning in your child.
Here are three examples of preschool science worksheets that could come in helpful.
The Parts of An Animal: This simple worksheet could double up as a coloring worksheet for preschoolers as well. For instance, the basic outline of a fish is drawn on a page, with four arrows pointing to different parts of its body. The corresponding body parts are written in a random order at the bottom of the sheet – tail, scales, fin and gills. On similar lines, it could be a donkey with simple body parts like ear, eyes, nose, teeth, stomach, tail and legs marked out. Once the children identify the correct body parts with each arrow, they can go on to color up the worksheet in their favorite shades.
The Five Senses Worksheet: This could be a simple ‘match the columns’ worksheet. The left column would contain the five sense organs drawn out – eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin. The right column would contain images corresponding to each of the senses, but in a haphazard order. For example, food in a bowl (tongue), a bell ringing (ear) and so on. The goal of this type of worksheet is to enable the kids to associate the senses they use with carrying out a particular task.
The Living vs Non-Living Worksheet: As the name goes, this tried and tested worksheet can also double up as a fun coloring activity for preschoolers. A number of different objects/creatures are drawn on this type of worksheet – it could be anything ranging from a fish to a tap, a cat to a ball of wool, a snail to a spoon and so on. The kids need to classify the given objects into living and non-living. They could be asked to color the living in a particular shade and the non-living in another.
This list could go on and on; the possibilities are endless.
Early childhood education experts have suggested that preschool years are the prime time to learn something new (read the full article here.) Why not try ramping up your preschool kid’s education by means of exciting science worksheets? Do you have any ideas that could be added to this list?