Big Science for Little Hands

All workshops will take place online until further notice.

Professional Development Workshops

Big Science for Little Hands is Science World’s professional-development workshop series for Early Childhood Educators. We provide two-hour online workshops where participants try out a variety of fun, hands-on science activities suitable for early learners.

There are five workshops to choose from.

Workshops

Early Coding: Coding without Computers

Coding is simply creating step-by-step instructions to follow and early learners are coding everyday when they do things like clean their teeth, get dressed to go outside, or travel from home to child care! In this workshop, we will explore fun ways to introduce young children to coding through stories, dance, cooking, games, nature’s life cycles and treasure hunts without them ever having to go near a computer screen or tablet.

Workshop Fees

Workshops Cost:

$200 +GST

Request a Workshop

For more information and to request a workshop, email [email protected].

Thematic Activities

These free activities are meant to serve as a starting point for early-childhood scientific exploration. There are currently eighteen themed resources available for download from our website:

The Air Up There: Activities to explore wind and air.
The Air Up There II*: Explore floating and flying through the air, and never forget it's there.
Amazing Me: Discover the amazing things your body can do, both inside and out.
Balance This*: Practice your own acrobatics and build mini acrobats.
Bubble & Fizz*: Explore how bubbles are formed (and popped!).  
Gadgets and Contraptions: Explore simple machines and how they work.
Mysterious Mixtures: Dissolving, separating, mixing and combining.
Reflections and ShadowsActivities to explore light, mirrors, reflection and shadows.
Rockin' Rocks*: Dig for fossils, or create your own.
Round The Circle: Circles and wheels, rolling and spinning.
Salt & Fresh Water*: Explore how salt affects water and observe the details of creatures that live in oceans.
Size Matters: Explore growing and shrinking.
Sticky StuffVelcro, glue and other sticky things.
Structures*: Explore what materials and designs are best for building.
Super SleuthsPractice science process skills such as observing, comparing and contrasting and using tools like magnifiers.
Super Slueths II*: Use your senses in unsual ways.
Trees & Plants*: Activities to explore what plants are.
Wet & Dry: Wet and dry bags, sponges and sand castles.

*Produced in collaboration with the Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society

More Resources

Looking for more science ideas? Check out our favourite science websites.

Questions to ask while exploring science with preschoolers. Available in 8 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Farsi, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Punjabi.

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From Canada, Ty was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1993. From his chaotic workspace he draws in several different illustrative styles with thick outlines, bold colours and quirky-child like drawings. Ty distils the world around him into its basic geometry, prompting us to look at the mundane in a different way.