NYSCI has created two exciting new resources for teachers and caregivers: the Playground Science Parent Guide and the Playground Science Teacher Guide. These guides exemplify NYSCI’s Design, Make, Play approach to learning, which encourages open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement and delight. They leverage playground equipment as laboratories for experiencing physics concepts, such as motion, energy, force and gravity. Download the guides for free. (include link to download guides)

The Playground Science Parent Guide supports children and their caregivers in turning a visit to the playground into a fun science exploration. Using regular play activities and playground equipment like swings, slides and balls, the guide offers easy-to-follow experiments, science concepts, vocabulary and conversation starters for children and their caregivers to conduct simple science investigations.

The Playground Science Teacher Guide supports kindergarten, first and second grade teachers in promoting science explorations through the use of standard playground equipment and children’s physical play activities. The guide supports learning and discussions about scientific practices such as predicting, observing, comparing and questioning. The activities in the Playground Science Teacher Guide are NGSS standard-aligned, making them easy to integrate into a K-2 science curriculum.

Development of the Playground Science Parent Guide and the Playground Science Teacher Guide was generously supported by NYSCI’s Sara Lee Schupf Family Center for Play, Science, and Technology Learning (SciPlay). The Sara Lee Schupf Family Center for Play, Science, and Technology Learning (SciPlay) has been supported by Sara Lee Schupf and the Lubin Family Foundation, as well as BNY Mellon, Cognizant, The Heising-Simons Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Motorola Solutions Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.

 

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Parent Guide
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The Sara Lee Schupf Family Center for Play, Science, and Technology Learning (SciPlay) has been supported by Sara Lee Schupf and the Lubin Family Foundation, as well as BNY Mellon, Cognizant, The Heising-Simons Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Motorola Solutions Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.