5 Ways to Help Young Kids Love Science
Are you looking for ways to introduce your child to the wonderful, magical world of science? Is your child offered science classes at school, but doesn’t really connect to them? If this is you, look no further! Science is proven to offer countless benefits to children as they grow, including the development of analytical, reasoning, problem-solving and team working skills, so it’s best to get them started from a young age! Read our article below and discover some tips and tricks to turn your child into a science-lover in no time!
1. Explore nature
Our first tip is to enable your child to discover the fascinating world of science by going out and interacting with nature. Nature is filled with all kinds of curious and interesting scientific experiments. Learn together about the different species of plants and animals, about how different kinds of weather affect their growth and development and so much more!
2. Getting messy is part of the fun
Our second tip is: don’t be afraid to get messy! Encourage your child to get right in there and explore different kinds of textures and materials. Get them to squelch around in the mud or create their own slime from scratch. Not only will this add to the fun, but adding this tactile aspect to exploration encourages further mental stimulation.
3. Encourage curiosity
Tip number 3 is to promote curiosity! Questions and observations are often the best way to engage your child in the world of science. Let your child ask questions, ask them questions in response and find out the answers together. A great opportunity to do this is during bath time, where you can test together which objects float and which ones sink, making it into a fun, experimental game. Encourage your child to share their observations and discuss why that might be the case.
4. Go on excursions
Whether it’s with the school or as a family, exposing your child to science museums and centres is a sure way to get them completely and utterly enthralled with the world of science. Let them learn about archeology and geology at natural history museums, biology and conservation at wildlife parks and aquariums and inventions and aeronautics at space and technology museums. With so many great places out there to visit and explore, your child won’t be able to help falling in love with all that the world of science has to offer!
5. Browse the toy shop
Make-your-own toy kits and other science experiment themed toys present an ideal way for your child to explore all that science can do and have a ball at the same time! Toys offer children the opportunity to experiment and satisfy their curiosity - and have fun - all in a safe environment and science toys are no different. With so many different science toys available on the market, including make-your-own bath bomb kits, bug collecting kits, weather watching sets and robotics labs, your child will be spoilt for choice!
6. Give them the choice
Our last and arguably most important tip is to let your child choose what they’d like to explore. Whether it’s looking for ladybugs, creating volcanic eruptions with some baking soda, or experimenting with make-your-own toys kits, give your child the ability to explore what interests them. Not only will this give them the confidence to keep exploring, but this way they can enjoy learning through science in a way that isn’t forced, doubling the fun!
No matter the experiment, at the end of the day, the goal of science is to learn and have fun at the same time. Supporting your child’s observations and interests are a sure way to keep encouraging them to explore further and make fascinating discoveries. Our children are the future scientists and inventors of the world, so encouraging their curiosity and helping them along by investing in their love of science is key!
Follow our tips and let us know how they go!