Cars, Planes, & Trains: Learning From Things That Go

Planes, trains, cars, trucks, and spaceships capture our imagination — helping us think about neighborhoods, communities, states, countries, and worlds beyond our own. When a child picks up a transportation toy, they have the opportunity to pretend they are anywhere they want to be.

Help your child start to think like a scientist by asking questions like:

·         When playing with a toy car or train, ask your child to notice what surfaces make the toy go faster or slower. Ask questions like: “Will the car move faster on a flat, smooth surface like the coffee table or a bumpy, rough surface like the sidewalk?”

·         When making paper airlines, ask your child to predict what makes a plane fly better or worse. Ask questions like “Will bigger or smaller, wider or thinner planes fly best?” Then, build and test!

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