Kids are explorers by nature, they are born with a drive to learn about the world that surrounds them. They can take even the smallest object they come in contact with, employ investigative techniques and turn it into a learning experience. That being said, science is the field that offers the possibility for exploration the most.
Science is pretty much the basis of everything. Physics and mechanical science can take us from one place to another, agricultural science dictates how our food is made, while biomedical science keeps us healthy. Science is a system of ideas and experiments that serves to prove or disprove different ideas. Learning to follow this process can help kids and everyone else to think logically and critically – skills that can be also applied in many other areas of study. That is why science can open doors to many disciplines. For instance, one cannot pursue science completely without becoming fluent in its language – mathematics, so science encourages maths too.
As a parent, you can make a big impact on your kids love of science and overall love for knowledge by simply allowing them to learn in a way that is not only educational, but also fun. What you can do is provide them with science supplies and educational toys that are age-appropriate. Playing with science supplies like books and kits that are fun and educational and packed with experiments and interesting facts can help them learn practical skills and give them the confidence to ask questions and accomplish things. It can also helps them improve their motor skills.
Also, even the smallest victory with a scientific toy will make them feel as they’ve won something grand. The best of all is that since they are having fun while doing it, they will associate that scientific victory with enjoyment and want to do it again. Moreover, encouraging them to talk about what they are doing, whether it is solving crimes, exploring the secrets of lab chemistry or maybe growing their own coral reef, can help them develop their verbal skills.
So, why not give your little scientists some toys and watch them have fun exploring and figuring things out. When at a science museum or local uni, introduce them to real scientists and give them the chance to interact with them. Google together why is the sky blue or how are flies able to walk on the ceiling and don’t be discouraged to admit that there are many things you yourself don’t know.