Do you know about Science To Go kits from the Pierce County Library system?
These are fun kits in colorful backpacks that come with all you need to explore different scientific concepts. Perfect to get kids’ brains in back-to-school mode this week, and great for homeschoolers, rainy day fun, weekend exploration, or anytime, really!
Like all the amazing library services, they’re totally FREE!
Each Science to Go backpack contains five age-appropriate, themed books and a hands-on activity for the whole family. Make a gelatin volcano, design an insect, or watch a pumpkin decompose. Record your observations and draw pictures of your discoveries in a field notebook—just like real scientists—and share with other kids who check out the backpack later.
Science to Go backpacks are available for preschool (new this year), grades K-2 and grades 3-5. There are more than 50 themes, everything from animal homes and colors, to volcanoes and weather, to silly math and outer space.
Henry and I had fun with the weather backpack last year. You should note that the hands-on activity is described on an activity sheet, and it’s a fun and easy way to see the principles you’re learning about in action. The kits do not come with all the supplies you need, though they’re usually very minimal. My kiddo was a little underwhelmed with the backpack when he first opened it and saw books, but he quickly got over it when he realized he was going to get to do real experiments. Our library friends also sent over these cute pics of library patrons Elliott and Alice learning with their parents.
Look for the colorful Science to Go kiosk or shelving area at a Pierce County Library, or place a hold on a backpack through the library catalog. Perfect if you have a theme coming up at your preschool or co-op! You check them out and return them just like books! Get curious!
Disclosure: We are proud to be a partner of the Pierce County Library System, recognized as one of the country’s best!