Teaching science at home: Simple ideas for parents to introduce science to their children.
There are a lot of inexpensive tools and mess-free ideas parents can use at home to teach kids about science. Using everyday household and recyclable products is one way to keep the cost of home projects low.
A child can learn how to use binoculars by looking through two toilet tissue rolls strung together. Kids can also put different colored saran wrap on the front of the “binoculars” to explore how different materials filter light.
Test out chemical reactions with children by mixing baking powder and vinegar for a small explosion, or combining corn starch and water to make slime. Mixing food coloring colors and playing with the texture of paint is also a good way for children to explore.
Even bath time can easily turn into some active and engaging science time. Discuss the basic properties of water with kids. What happens to the water level when we fill a tub and then get in? What happens to the water if we freeze or heat it? These are all questions that can be explored when children take their evening bath.
Going outside allows children to experience the natural world of animals and plants. Your local parks are loaded with earth and environmental science resources. Pack your magnifying glass so your children can catch insects and observe — up close — how they function.
Your kitchen is another great place to introduce science. Baking soda and vinegar aren’t the only ingredients that can teach kids about science. Cooking, in general, is a great math and science lesson. You can investigate things like: What does it take for bread to rise? What happens to flavors and textures when you mix in different ingredients? What does heat do to food?
Want to teach physics? Building towers out of blocks, Legos or other materials introduces kids to the basics of physics. How high can we go before a tower topples? How wide can we go and does our tower need support? Trial and error in basic play is a great way to weave in science.
Take a field trip. to a playground or your local library. Playgrounds can bring out science naturally while the library is a great way to immerse kids in science topics that are harder to examine in everyday life, like space.
Parents should encourage curiosity and asking questions, which is what science is. Have your children come up with their own hypothesis; this will inspire them to be curious about the everyday things.
I hope these few easy steps inspire you to experiment with science at home!
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