Science is a subject that some kids will naturally take a liking to. For others, however, it can be difficult to understand, especially if they cannot connect the information they are learning to the world around them.
If you want to help your kids love science, there are plenty of exciting things you can do together that will help them see that science is everywhere! Science isn't all about learning the correct stuff, it is about questioning, wondering why and experimenting to find out.
Try a DIY science experiment
One of the best ways for children to learn is by doing something practical, especially if they are having fun too. A DIY science experiment offers kids the chance to get messy, be creative, and learn something outside the confines of the classroom! For example, you could make your own volcano eruption, using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Make sure to involve your child from the outset, perhaps giving them a few experiment ideas and asking them to choose their favourite.
See the science in baking
Do your children like baking? Next time they are baking a cake with you, take the time to ask them questions about what is happening, directing the conversation towards the science involved. For example, why does the cake have to go in the oven? Explain that mixing the ingredients together creates air bubbles, and that during baking these bubbles will expand, causing the cake to rise. That is why it is important not to open the oven door during the early stages of baking, as the oven will lose all its heat and the air bubbles will contract, causing the cake to sink!
Explore the great outdoors
In the same way that baking can turn into a hands-on science lesson, time spent outdoors with your kids is a great way to help them see science as fun and exciting. On a trip to the woods, you could talk about how trees grow, perhaps collecting different seeds to study at home. An acorn has a cap to protect the seed as it grows, and a fir cone is shaped so that it rolls far away from the mother tree before dropping the seeds. As your children explore their surroundings in this way, they will start to understand and appreciate nature in a new way.
Don’t worry if there are questions that you cannot answer – you can always look them up together. The main objective is that your kids question things, as it shows that they have taken an interest. Science is so much more than learning from a text book, and as soon as your children realise this, they will start to love it!
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