Stand Back, The Kids Are Going To Try Science!
With the growing accessibility and popularity of educational media, young people are beginning to reach out and experiment with the world around them. Parents everywhere have begun scrambling to keep their progeny’s mental fires lit while also keeping them safely away from the stove. Here are some fun, family ways to balance both science and safety with lab coats and glitter glue.
After all; Science lets you Bond! Perhaps this weekend your child emptied an entire tube of toothpaste into your mouthwash in an attempt to create the ultimate dental hygiene product. While this is a breathtaking innovation, it’s not exactly a safe habit you want your child repeating without your supervision. Rather than discouraging this kind of experimentation, get involved.
Be present! As long as you are there to lend a watchful eye and helping hand, there is no reason not to let your blooming young scientist try new things.
Give your child a safe, controlled environment – How about the Kitchen? Recipes are experiments. Delicious, delicious experiments. Teach them the importance of exact measurements, organized records, and heat distribution. This may also be known as making pancakes.
Get messy! Whether it’s carbonated geysers or homemade volcanos, there are plenty of safe, fun, hilarious experiments you can do at home or outside.
Get crafty! The Internet is blooming with fun and decorative do-it-yourself activities for home decor and craft projects. Coincidentally enough, a lot of them easily double as science experiments.
Help your child answer their questions. Don’t worry if you yourself aren’t exactly sure why a reaction occurs, that’s ok.
Learn together! Teach your child that learning is a lifetime experience, that you’re never to old to learn something new, and that there’s always something to take away from any given situation
Encourage their experiments. It might be decades before your child begins asking for monomer custom synthesis and related laboratory supplies, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start outfitting them now. Give them the necessary tools they need to start learning independently and safely.
Set time aside to try science together. Children are endlessly curious, insightful, and wanting and willing to learn. The safety label on most every starter chemistry set you could hand them will read “for use under adult supervision only.” Provide them this time, give them this outlet, and you are providing them a world of opportunities and experiences that they will forever share with you.
Few things in life are as rewarding as being a part of the successful development of the children. After all, we’ve heard time and again that they are the future. Our job – and their job, one day – will be to create a generation that will strive to leave this world a better place than they found it. If you take the time to teach kids about the wonders of science, you’ll be giving them a greater gift than you may realize – the innate hunger for knowledge, the tools to seek understanding, and the ability to follow an idea from conception to completion
About the author: Michael is an educator and writer based in Philadelphia.