Children are naturally curious and love to explore the world around them, but many kids lose interest in science as they get older or face more academic pressure in school. If you’re looking to get your kids excited about science again or if you want to foster an early interest in STEM subjects, here are five of favorite tips on how to get your kids interested in Science.
1) Read children’s books
Start by reading children’s books that are about science. This will help them see that science is interesting and can be fun. Look for age-appropriate books and that cover a variety of topics. You can find these at your local library or bookstore. A great book to start with is Gregor the Overlander, which tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who enters an alternate world called Underland. There he discovers amazing creatures, like bats, spiders, and rats. Another good one is The Magic School Bus series. One of the favorites in this series is The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor.
2) Don’t overwhelm them with too much Info At Once
When you first start talking to your kids about science, it’s important not to overwhelm them with too much information at once. Try starting with one simple concept and building from there. For example, if you want to teach your kids about chemical reactions, don’t try teaching them all the different types of reactions and how they work in detail. Start by teaching them how a reaction occurs using two everyday examples: baking soda and vinegar. Once they understand the basics of what is happening when these two substances react together, introduce other concepts like pH levels or heat for example.
3) Observe the world around you
One of the best ways to get your kids interested in science is to simply observe the world around you. Talk about what you see, ask questions, and be curious. Help them understand that there is so much to learn and explore. The more they know about their surroundings, the more they will want to know about how things work. Show them how this knowledge can be used for practical purposes such as solving a problem or understanding why something is happening. For example, when your child asks why does it rain? it is important to answer with an explanation instead of just saying I don’t know. You could say: We need water on Earth and water comes from the sky when it rains. Rain happens because water evaporates from plants, rivers, lakes, oceans, etc., gets into the air, and then cools down and becomes droplets that are very small enough to stay in the air.
4) Involve them in family experiments
You can involve your kids in simple science experiments that you do at home. This will pique their curiosity and help them understand that science is all around us. Plus, it’s a great way to bond as a family. Get hands-on, Buy supplies for fun DIY projects. Experiment with different materials and see what new things you learn together! Kids are also encouraged by fun games such as STEM Jeopardy or Brain Quest where they’re constantly challenged with new problems they have to solve or facts they have to remember.
The above tips should provide you with some useful information on how to get your kids interested in science. These are just a few of the many ways you can do this, so explore more and find what works best for you and your family. If your child isn’t showing interest in science yet, don’t worry. it’s never too late.