Keeping your kids occupied has long been one of the biggest struggles in parenting. However, although hours of streaming cartoons or playing video games may give you some time to concentrate on your job or chores, they’re not the healthiest ways for your children to use their time. As parents, we want our kids to be happy but also give them a solid foundation of interests that will help them succeed later in life. This is why teaching them a few simple science experiments they can do around the house can be one of the best ways to let them have fun.
Encouraging your children to take an interest in science at an early age is good for them in more than one way. Not only does it prepare them for concepts and ideas they’ll need to do well in school as they get older, but it also cultivates a natural curiosity about the world around them. By taking a more active role in the learning process, young people learn how to ask questions, test their hypotheses and solve problems. In short, it helps them become participants in their education, rather than passively absorbing information without any real-world context.
As you’ll see in the accompanying resource, there are many fun experiments you and your children can do at home that don’t require expensive equipment or any special knowledge beforehand. These can introduce your kids to concepts such as fluid dynamics, microbiology and horticulture. They are easy to set up, produce interesting results and prompt questions that can serve as a springboard to more learning. Take a look at these 10 ideas the next time your children are looking for something to do, and you’ll be opening the doors to a new world of possibilities. It’s more than busywork — it could be the beginning of a lifelong love of science.
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