Night Time Science for Kids


Night Time Science for Kids {10 + Ideas for exploring the world after dark.} | A Virtuous Woman #homeschool #science #summer

What child doesn’t love exploring outside when it’s dark outside? Fun, games, and even science just seem more interesting when you need a lantern to see.

Our family loves camping and exploring nature. We spend a lot of time outside. And yes, us girls have braved the great wilderness in the dark. We even have bats that live in our attic.

I have this great book titled Night Science for Kids by Terry Krautwurst.

Night Time Science for Kids | A Virtuous Woman #homeschool #science #summer

I found this book a couple of years ago and snatched it up immediately, knowing that my daughter Hannah, who is especially fascinated by nature, would love it.

From the back of the book:

Make dozens of exciting discoveries as you experience the fascinating and mysterious world of science after dark. Have you ever talked to fireflies? Or found a moth as big as your hand? Do you know how to make the moon shrink? Or where to look for flying squirrels? From stargazing to spider watching, becoming a night science explorer is fun!

There is a detailed list of gear for your night time explorations on page 18. I’ll share a quick overview with you:

  • flashlight with red cellophane covering the light
  • binoculars {for dusk or dawn}
  • backpack for your gear
  • warm clothes
  • plastic garbage bag
  • pencil and notebook
  • insect repellent
  • watch
  • snacks and drink
  • camera
  • tape recorder

Chapters include:

  1. Into the Night
  2. Becoming a Night Explorer
  3. Night animals
  4. The Fly-By-Nights
  5. Insects in the Nights
  6. Eyes to the Sky
  7. The Edges of Night

This is a great book filled with lots of activities for night time science. One your family is sure to enjoy.

Here are some activities I’ve come across that would be super fun for you to do with your child at night:

Of course, it’s always fun when you discover a raccoon peeking at you from behind a tree, see deer grazing at night in your year, or see a possum staring at you. Be sure to document your discoveries. Write it all down in your nature journal. You can encourage your child to draw what they see and find and use watercolor paints or pencils to give life to the drawing.

There’s so much to do outside, why not stay up late and then sleep under the stars on a clear night?

I hope you’ll enjoy some evenings outside with your children this summer. Memories will be created!

Do you have some fun ideas for night time science?


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