Science starts at home...

The Dream Exploration Station

  • Tools
    • MEASURING
      • Ruler
      • Tape Measure
      • Measuring spoons
      • Measuring cups
      • Measuring pitcher
      • Thermometer
      • Scale
    • Cutting
      • Scissors
      • Age appropriate blades
    • Observing
      • Eye loop
      • Magnifying glass
      • Stereo Microscope
    • Assembling/Disassembling
  • Materials
    • Building
      • Straws
      • Popsical sticks
      • String
      • Tape
        • Masking tape
        • Duct tape
        • Clear "Scotch" tape
        • Clear packing tape
        • Fibered packing tape
      • Cardboard
      • Balloons
      • Toilet paper tubes and juice cans
    • Documenting
      • Line paper
      • clipboard
      • Notebook
      • Pens and pencils
      • Cork board or wall you can tape things to
    • Chemistry materials
      • Food coloring
      • Gelatin
      • Oil
    • Biology
      • Seeds
      • Soil
    • Electronics
      • Broken D.C. electronics, preferably with motors
        • CD rom drives

          old cassette recorders

          Never have your child open A.C. devices
          (anything that does not have an external
          "wall wart" or "line lump" transformer

          Never take apart old T.V.s or computer monitors

      • Batteries
      • Light bulbs from old flashlights
      • Aluminum Foil
    • Science collaging materials
      • Collection of magazines
      • Newspaper
    • Sorting and Classifying
      • Ice cube trays (for sorting and freezing)
      • Containers for collections of living and non living specimens
  • Reference
    • Books
    • Magazines
    • Internet connected computer
  • Work Area
    • Out of the way so it can grow without impinging on the household
    • Chair (bean bag chairs are my favorite)
    • Light (one for overhead and one for reading)
    • Table large enough for two or three explorers to work
    • Drawers
      • Cheap plastic ones from Target are excellent
      • Shelves
      • Cheap plastic shoe-box sized boxes from Traget or H.D.