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This cold weather offers a great opportunity to introduce forensic science to your little ones; well, maybe not forensic science, but making observations about your surroundings that Sherlock Holmes might be proud of! Here are some fun experiments that you can do with your toddlers to further their knowledge and understanding of the world:-
Footprints in the snow: Examine the footprints that your little ones make in the snow. If you are pushing a buggy, let your little one out and show the wheel marks, and your footprints. How do you know which direction you are traveling in? What other prints can you see? Can you spot any signs of animals?
Hot or cold? Look out of a window and observe people outside and passing traffic. Is it hot or cold outside? What clues can you see to help you decide?
Animal hunt: Go to your local park and see what animals you can spot, but also what signs of animals you can identify even if the animal isn't there. You might see animal droppings, animal footprints, molehills, nests in trees which have dropped their leaves. Note down what you see and come home and draw them.
Non-white van man: Watch traffic passing outside your windows. When you see a lorry or van (other than an anonymous white van!) read out the writing on the side and discuss with your little ones what the driver might do. Can you spot electricians, plumbers, shopping deliveries? What else is passing your front door?
Fingerprints: Breath onto a mirror or window and have your little one gently place the tips of their fingers against the mist. Can you see their fingerprints? Explain how fingerprints are all unique, look at the characteristics of the pattern. Draw a swirly pattern that looks like a giant's fingerprint, and make fingerprints in paint!