Getting a child interested in and excited about science isn’t difficult. You don’t have to be a physicist, a chemist, or a biologist to help them learn about science. They have a natural curiosity about the world around them and are constantly asking questions and looking for answers.
Engaging your child in science doesn’t even have to be “work,” it can be fun and it can occur while doing normal, everyday activities. Here are three easy ways to engage your child in science.
1. Explore the world outside your house.
Take a walk around your neighborhood and talk about the different things you see. Are there any animals wondering around? What kind? Are they wild or domesticated? What is the difference between these two?
Depending on what time of the year it is, you and your child can also examine the different types of plants or see what kinds of insects live in the grass. You can look at the differences between bushes and plants and talk about what happens to them throughout the year (for example, why some of them lose their leaves in the winter).
2. Give them a chance to conduct their own experiments.
Even inside, there are things you can do to get your child interested in science. Whether it’s mixing paints together to see what color they make or seeing which types of bath toys float or sink, your child can conduct experiments at home.
There are numerous types of science kits that be purchased that contain beakers and pipettes and test tubes with an instruction manual of various experiments that can be conducted—and these are a fun way to get your kids interested in science. But these can be expensive, and many of these same experiments can be done in the kitchen with common household items, and plastic storage containers make great science implements.
Allowing your child to mix various ingredients together and observe what happens is a great way to get them interested in science. Science kits make the practice seem more authentic, but they aren’t necessary. Experiments can be conducted with items that you already have in your home, such as mixing baking soda with vinegar and observing the reaction in the kitchen sink.
You don’t even have to conduct messy experiments. What happens if you plant a seed from an apple or an orange?
3. Give them access to scientific programming and books.
There are numerous channels on TV that are dedicated to science, and watching programs on how something is made or medical breakthroughs or dinosaurs are a good way to engage your child in science.
Having field guides for birds or animals around the house is another good way to help your child engage in science. They are full of facts, but they also contain bright photos to hold your child’s attention.