You and your child can unlock the wondrous world of science in your day-to-day environment. Science is based upon questions about the world around you. Science is second nature to preschoolers because they are naturally curious about the world around them. Young kids can find science at the park, on the playground or playing with toys. Exploration followed by discussion is a wonderful way for preschoolers to accept science as part of their lives while having fun.
Ask your child questions in a playful and curious way. If you make science fun, they’ll want to learn more about it. If your child has a question, hunt for the answers together in books or online. That way, you’re teaching your kids how to research in a fun way. When encouraging your child’s curiosity, it’s also important to engage them in the hunt for knowledge.
Take your child to the park and observe plants, trees and animals. By talking about weather, you can also dabble the surface of meteorology. Discuss playground physics on slides, swings and seesaws. Infuse concepts while your child plays, including movement, gravity and balance. Transform your kitchen into a chemistry lab while you discuss ingredients with your child. Visit a pet store and observe biology in a fish tank, as well as other animals. You can literally transform any environment into a scientific adventure.
Parents, Enjoy Science Too
Children mirror their parents, so it’s important to share your own interest in science with them. Read an interesting book about the universe and break it down for a child to understand. Relate big concepts with simple things and you’ll show your child that science can be fascinating for everyone. You can even watch nature or science shows on television together. Consider taking a trip to a science museum as a mini field trip.