Monday, November 8, 2010

The Question Game...

This game is quick and easy to play, but really helps Kid Scientists build their questioning and observation skills!

Ages:  All ages of Kid Scientist can play.  In fact, once they know how, Big Kid Scientists can set this up for the Little Kids.

Materials: A box with a lid (it can't be transparent), objects from around the house


  • Invite your Kid Scientist to play the Question Game
  • Place an item inside the box - this is the step where the game can be adapted for the age of Kid Scientist playing or the experience of the Kid Scientist.  
  • Encourage your Kid Scientist to pick up the box and shake it.  Talk to them about all the observations they can make at this heavy the box is, what it sounds like, possibly an odor, what the object moves like...
  • Kid Scientists ask questions about the object in the box.  They need to frame their questions as Yes or No questions, and you'll answer accordingly.  Is it metal?  Is it plastic?  Is it round?  Is it smooth?  Can I eat it?  Can I play with it?
  • As Kid Scientists become more experienced you can focus the types of questions they them only 20 questions or requiring that all questions relate to physical properties.
  • Questions should also become more specific as Kid Scientists begin to learn about the item in the box
  • When your Kid Scientist thinks she knows what is in the box, she frames her conclusion using at least three pieces of evidence.  Because I know that it's metal and I use it when I am eating and because it won't hold soup, I think it's a fork.
This is a great "Dinner Game"...pass the box around the dinner table and get the whole family into the questioning.  Kids can also play and ask questions when they are in the car.  
What adaptations did you discover for the Question Game?

2 Science Moms have commented...:

Phyllis said...

We have done this. It is fun.

katie said...

Hi. I love this blog! I just found you tonight via browsing the nominees at the homeschoolblog awards (Im nominated in the special needs blog category) and i am thrilled to find some experiments on your sight that work for both typical and special needs homeschoolers. Hope you dont mind, I put your button on my blog!