Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


This capstone project focused on increasing scientific inquiry in young children. The problem that exists is that there is not enough focus on scientific learning in preschool settings compared to school settings with older age groups. According to Dejarnette (2018), young children can learn about science and are naturally curious, making them natural scientists. Science curriculum has many benefits for children, such as the development of observation, documentation, investigation, communication, and literacy skills. Science curriculum can create curiosity and enjoyment in young children while they learn about the world around them, creating a lifelong interest in learning (Larimore, 2020). Exciting yet simple activities can be enough to engage young children. The project was designed to increase scientific inquiry in preschool-age children (ages 3-5). First, the children were introduced to various scientific tools. Second, the children practiced using their tools by observing and investigating nature. Finally, the children documented their observations of nature by drawing. I created a three-part science curriculum plan implemented in a Head Start center in Watsonville. The participants were between three and five years of age in a preschool classroom setting. The participants spoke English and Spanish.