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4 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Science

Children are often curious and interested in the world around them. They love learning, and there are lots of ways to encourage their interests. While your child may shy away from a formal learning environment like the classroom, there are plenty of ways to incorporate education into their lives and to stimulate their growth. If you’d like to explore more at home, consider these four ways to get your kids excited about science.

Go on Outings

You can make science an adventure by taking your kids to museums, planetariums, historical sites, parks, and other places where they can discover more about various aspects of science. Exhibits offer learning opportunities that appeal to different types of learners as well. Some kids may appreciate hands-on activities, while others would prefer to listen quietly to a lecture or recording. Others may learn best by viewing the exhibit and then discussing it further with you.

Even a trip to the nearby lake, mountains or forest can teach them about different aspects of science. You can collect and identify rocks, visit a body of water to discuss the animals that live there, or go in search of insects to identify. A bit of internet research could provide you with a number of ideas.

Pick Up Educational Toys, Books and Games

Quality educational tools you can keep at home for use, again and again, are a wonderful investment. Toys, books, games, and activities related to different science topics and themes provide an opportunity to have fun and learn while bonding with your child. The ones you choose don’t have to be expensive in order to teach and stimulate exploration. A simple book or deck of flashcards can do the trick.

There are some truly innovative toys on the market that can provide hours of fun and learning. Some are geared for homeschoolers, but all families can benefit from their use. Consider a stream table, for instance. This is a hands-on toy that provides a model that demonstrates river science and conservation principles to kids of all ages. When you use such toys to teach, kids can become engaged in ways they wouldn’t otherwise encounter.

Have Honest Conversations

Something that may seem obvious, but can often be missed, is to have open and honest conversations with your children about science. Sometimes parents send contradictory messages to their kids without intending to do so. Perhaps science wasn’t your favorite subject in school or maybe you feel like you don’t understand it well. If you tell your children that science is hard, they may pick up the idea that they also may not excel in the subject. Instead, you can embrace the idea of learning together. Show them that you’re willing to explore things you are unsure of and that science can be exciting. The ways in which you frame the topic can make a big difference in how your child feels about it.

You can even take it a step further and talk about the ways in which science is used in the real world to show its practical purposes. For instance, you could talk about the chemistry of baking, cooking, and cleaning. You might even approach career exploration by showing your child the types of jobs they could pursue that involve science. showing them the practical implications of science can get them excited about all the possibilities that are open to them.

Take Advantage of Virtual Learning Opportunities

You probably don’t even have to leave the house in order to explore science. If you have access to the internet, you have a practically never-ending array of learning opportunities. There are websites that provide information, activities, hands-on games and so much more. You can even find virtual tours online where you can see scientific principles in action. Get started by entering search terms such as “scientific activities online”, “science fun” or “virtual science.” Visiting sites like NASA and the National Wildlife Federation can also net you some interesting scientific information. The websites of zoos and museums are a good place to look as well.

there are so many ways to get your kids excited about science. Start with these, and you’ll likely come across many more as you go. Have fun with it!

                                                    

                                 

Tim Esterdahl

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