Encouraging Early Science Skills

RIELDS Focusing on 2 and 3 Year Olds by Rachel Schilke

Scientific Inquiry, Application and Knowledge of Science Concepts

Toddlers begin to use science skills in their daily lives. They can make simple predictions, observe situations and make basic cause and effect connections. They begin to use to the objects around them as tools and understand how they impact their environment.


Toddlers begin to understand and explore scientific topics around them. These topics include living things such as butterflies, insects and pets. They may discover the varying textures of the world around them such as how dirt and stones feel differently. Temperature awareness and expressing feelings of cold and warmth are also science skills.