18 May · Tim Carter · No Comments

Getting your kids to develop an interest in science is surprisingly easy. Kids have a natural curiosity that drives them to investigate everything they come across. Developing their interest in science simply requires a gentle push in that direction. This does not necessarily apply to all children because at this preschool age, some children are already fascinated by science. Before we delve into the three most effective ways of getting your kids fully involved with science, you need to identify which aspects of science interest your kids the most. These predilections are what you will use to build up their interest in the subject. If your child has not shown any interest in science as of yet, fear not. It is easy to spark interest in their curious little minds. These methods are particularly effective due to their ability to capture their attention for long periods of time. They are:

1. Taking nature walks and hikes.

Mother Nature is the best teaching aid you can get when it comes to science. Taking the kids outside is a great way to naturally peak their interest on their surroundings. You can bring a magnifying glass and binoculars to help them study bugs they come across and their surrounding environment. You should also be prepared to answer a lot of questions as their curious minds try to absorb as much as they can. Make the walk or hike as fun as possible. Play little trivia games as you walk based on the animals that you have encountered along the way. On occasion, drop a few fun facts. Make the whole experience memorable. You can even take pictures home, which you will use to remind them about the various things they have learned.

2. Get practical.

Kids learn better with practical demonstrations as opposed to theory. Get them involved in simple experiments that you can conduct at home. Make them see how cool’ it is to be a scientist. The kitchen can be your laboratory and here, you can prepare exciting experiments such as volcanoes using baking soda and vinegar. Get them their own science kits and let them explore the various disciplines. As an even better alternative, get a microscope and encourage them to study different objects under it. This will make them even more curious as they will want to know how different materials will look under the microscope. Not only will you have successfully directed their attention towards science but you will also help them develop a self-driven attitude to learn more.

3. Watch science shows and documentaries.

Lastly and certainly most effectively, make use of something that they love to teach them. Kids already love watching TV. Do not be afraid to pop in the occasional nature show or a sci-fi movie that is scientifically accurate to a degree (you want them to learn the facts about science). Get involved with their excitement. Ask them why Aquaman is able to breathe underwater like the fish and see how extensive their scientific knowledge is. Do not overdo it as this will make the whole experience seem more like a Q&A than a fun movie experience. This can also be done at day care facilities to improve the learning experience of the child, as they will be surrounded by their playmates. The beauty about childcare is that kids have very impressionable minds. Granted you should let your children naturally grow into their interests, there is no harm whatsoever in gently nudging them towards a certain direction.

Tim Carter

I’m Tim Carter, a thirty something year old, husband, father, childcare owner, and chocolate brownie lover. I believe children deserve better and only hope this blog will create a little change.