Buildings are made of a variety of materials, chosen for their physical properties, and are designed in a variety of styles and shapes to suit their purposes. Why is the roof of a house slanted? What kinds of challenges do builders face as they construct houses, bridges and tall buildings? And what kinds of machines help people build these structures? Next time you talk a walk with your baby or toddler, try these ideas for encouraging neighborhood science.
Building language: As you walk through the neighborhood describe the colors, sizes and shapes of different buildings. These descriptions are very important for language development and will come in handy as your child begins to describe them on his own. At this young age, children rely a lot on their senses to explore the world. Encourage your child to touch the buildings to build the language of texture: smooth, rough, stone, brick, wood, etc., as well as the language of shape.