Young children are natural scientists as they explore the world around them. They can be fascinated by a wide range of topics particularly about the world around them. It can be a challenge for educators to be able to keep up. The following sites provide information in text and images that can be used with young children.
New Zealand sites
Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand - The Bush
Each year Te Ara focuses on another aspect of New Zealand - this collection on the bush includes sections on insects and other invertebrates, native birds and bats plus much more. Lots of beautiful images of all kinds of common and not so common finds with easy to read text.
Sciencelearn Hub: Icy Ecosystems
Science Learning has been developed by the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology to encourage science learning in New Zealand schools by making connections with New Zealand research and expertise. Every few months a new "context" is added to introduce another aspect of science research. Each context includes collections of images, video and animations in the Sci Media section which can be found at the bottom of the left hand menu. Icy Ecosytems explores Antartica and includes a video tour of a research ship and an animation of how much of an iceberg is under the sea.
Pests and Predators Interactive
This lively interactive shows the devastation an introduced animal can cause to New Zealand's indigenous environment and wildlife. Click on a pest, drag it into the forest scene, and release it, to see what impact the pest has on plant and animal life. Includes a fact file on each animal and its impact on the environment.
Suzy's World Fact Sheets
The simple science experiments Suzy Cato suggests in these fact sheets could be useful in helping a young child take an interest further. They may also be a good place to start if you are wanting to increase the visibility of science in your learning environment and don't have a lot of confidence in this area.
What other services are doing
Watch this space to see some of the exciting science explorations children are engaging in.