Support for PBS Parents provided by:


  • Cat in the Hat
  • Curious George
  • Daniel Tiger
  • Dinosaur Train
  • Odd Squad
  • Peg + Cat
  • Sid the Science Kid
  • Super Why!
  • Wild Kratts
  • Martha Speaks
  • WordGirl
  • Thomas & Friends
  • Arthur
  • Sesame Street
  • The Electric Company
  • Cyberchase
  • Between the Lions
  • Mama Mirabelle
  • Caillou
  • Chuck Vanderchuck
  • Oh Noah
  • Fetch!
  • Fizzy's Lunch Lab
  • Maya & Miguel
  • Mister Rogers
  • Postcards from Buster
  • Clifford
  • SciGirls
  • Wilson & Ditch
  • WordWorld
  • DragonFly TV
  • ZOOM

Education

Science

Science in the Car or on the Bus: Preschoolers & Kindergarten

car scienceCar or bus rides provide some of the best opportunities for engaging your child in conversation about both the natural and man-made world. As you look out the window there is so much to see and wonder about! You and your child can discuss the weather, the moon, rock formations and rivers; and man-made features such as tunnels, roads and buildings. Next time you take a drive, expose your little passengers to scientific concepts and go far with car science!

Describing weather: Wherever you are riding, you and your child can always discuss the weather. The first step is to describe various aspects of the weather—whether or not the sun is visible; the colors, shapes and numbers of clouds; and the various kinds of precipitation. As you do this, you model skills of observation.

Structures: What do the buildings and other structures look like? What are the different shapes you see? Are the buildings all made of the same materials? How can you tell? These are all questions that encourage your child to look carefully and think about structures – their designs and functions.

Follow the moon: Watching the moon is a favorite pastime of children as they ride. On one car or bus ride the moon’s shape can be observed, described and wondered about. Young children are famous for thinking that the moon follows them—after all, at the beginning of the ride they can view it out the window—just as they can at the end of the ride. It seems to have moved along with the car, but of course it hasn’t. Encourage your child to talk about her reasoning.

Back to Science Activities

What's this?

Sign up for free newsletters.

Connect with Us


PBS Parents Picks

  1. Holiday Books image

    Holiday Books

    Check out a list of books that'll get your family in the holiday spirit.


  2. DIY Wrapping Paper image

    DIY Wrapping Paper

    Make your own kid-friendly wrapping paper this holiday season!


  3. From Our Sponsor image

    From Our Sponsor

    Cuties are back in season. Stock up today and unwrap sweetness.


Eat Smart for a Great Start Newsletter

×

PBS Parents Newsletter

Find activities, parenting tips, games from your child's favorite PBS KIDS programs and more.

×