Theme Boxes for the Science Center - I like the flashlight. Light bulb in unplugged lamp. Plug it in, under supervision, to see if it works. Put beaters on a mixer . Need to look around for other authentic tasks,Especially for higher grade levels!
More for a school age classroom, but a great idea! Invention Idea Box made from loose parts found around the home- give it to kids and see what they can invent. Love this idea! Great for critical thinking!