Science is all around us, which makes it easy to explore with your child. Science will help to stimulate your child’s curiosity and make them question the world around them. This will develop important life-skills, such as problem-solving and communication.
If you would like to raise a science lover, here is some great advice from an independent school for girls in Surrey…
There are many ways you can teach your child about science, simply by exploring their own questions and ideas. For example, if they ask questions about the sun and the moon, you could demonstrate their positions using a globe. If they ask where rain comes from, you could demonstrate using hot water in a jar and placing a cold plate on top. This will create water droplets to form.
Playing & Building
Water play is a fun activity for learning science. You can experiment with different materials and see which ones sink and which ones float. You can also experiment with different materials to see what happens when they are added to water. Building blocks and Play Doh are also great STEM learning tools (science, technology, engineering and math). As children get older, you can introduce them to Lego and K’nex. These toys encourage children to be creative and problem-solve, which are both important life skills.
You don’t need to stay at home to explore science; you could head out and explore nature instead. Of course, this depends on the weather, but it’s a good opportunity to encourage your child to think about what happens during the different seasons. Exploring the outdoors is an ideal opportunity to look at food chains, animal habitats and how plants grow. Children can even be encouraged to help in the garden. Get them planting seeds into pots to help them learn about the plant life cycle as they watch their seeds grow into beautiful flowers.
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