The Curiosity Box
In Key Stage 1 (KS1) of the National Curriculum children are taught to experience and observe phenomena in the natural and human-constructed world. A way to encourage children to do this is for them to take part in an activity making and decorating a curiosity box into which they can put any interesting objects that they find.
Young children are well known for making collections of things they find curious such as pebbles, fossils, crystals. These are the kind of items that eventually find themselves on bedroom window sills. The Curiosity Box activity is designed to re-examine them in a scientific way and build up an even larger database.
Curiosity is a precursor of scientific thought and this section of the site is designed to help children think like a scientist. Creating a curiosity box builds on their natural curiosity and helps them develop their scientific skills of observing and researching and their general skills of communication as they make their presentations about the contents of their boxes.
I’m currently writing a series of science books called Curiosity Box that will be published in the spring of 2016. It will feature items that children often collect on their walks in the countryside or along the sea shore.
How to make a curiosity box
Take a shoe box or one of a similar size and decorate it with pictures, question marks and exclamation marks. Do not draw pictures of the things inside as this will spoil the surprises in your presentation.
Find out as much as you can about the objects you are putting in the box and try and remember all the facts.
Fill your box with your curiosities, gather your friends round then take out each curiosity in turn and talk about it.
Put ten or more objects on top of the box. Let your friends look at them for a minute. Cover up the objects and see how many your friends can remember.
See if they can remember some facts about each object.