While math and reading are usually taught more actively at school and at home, there is one subject that is often underrated when it comes to everyday application: science. If you think about it, children ask questions all day, every day. From wondering about the sky and animals to food and clothing, a child’s curiosity is a great starting point to try some simple science projects that can let them experience learning in a new way.
When you introduce and bring to life the theoretical concepts of science, you are cultivating a child’s skills in communication, research, problem-solving and analytical thinking. Scientific observation and testing can develop their senses and awareness of the natural world. Since kids tend to be hands-on learners, interacting with their environment can help them understand how science influences nearly everything around them. Not to mention, conducting experiments is a great way to spend the day away from the television.
As a parent, it might seem easier to give your child a book or electronic device rather than a test tube or petri dish. However, science lessons don’t have to be expensive or time-consuming — mostly likely, you already have the tools to turn a trip to the park into a learning opportunity. For instance, explore the ground and texture of the trees with a magnifying glass, or study the stars in the backyard.
From life sciences to physical science to environmental and earth science, children can accumulate a vast knowledge of the world through their everyday interests and social activities. A child’s early experiences with experimentation could potentially lead to a career in biology, chemistry or engineering. With the sustainability and renewable energy industries continuing to grow, nurturing your little one’s curiosity can pave the way for a bright future.
For a few ways to incorporate science into your daily activities, check out these easy experiments to do at home.
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Author bio: Dr. Michael R. Halvorson is Business Development Manager for AGS Scientific, a laboratory instrument distributor. Dr. Halvorson, who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, focuses on biochemical toxicology, analytical methods development, sample preparation, laboratory automation and product development.