Easy Ways to Make Your Kids Interested in Science
Science may be fascinating for you but unless you tell a good story, few children will be interested. Luckily, there are plenty of methods and easy ways through which you can make your kids dedicate more time to science and learning about the surrounding environment, breakthroughs, new technologies or how certain things are made.
Incorporate Learning Through Daily Activities
Spending as much time as you can with your children will positively impact their behavior and development but this is not enough. Instead of taking them for ice cream or watching TV with them before going to bed, try engaging in more exciting activities. Why not turn your kitchen into a laboratory? Using simple and safe ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, mints, and soda you can create cool experiments that will teach your children about chemical reactions. There are plenty of safe experiments you can conduct in the comfort of your own home that will make children take an interest in science later on.
Spend More Time Outside
Several studies conducted have concluded that children who spend more time outside will increase their social and communication abilities faster, and will learn how to become more independent from an early age. Besides, outdoor learning can also have a positive impact on their brains, stimulating their creativity.
Texas offers thousands of opportunities to get outside. Lots of great spots are worthy of a road trip and since the weather is great all-year-round, you can enjoy camping as often as you want. San Antonio's River Walk offers plenty of cafes, restaurants, boat rides, and places to enjoy nature plus lots of outdoor attractions like Sea World. If you head to South Padre Island, you can plan a visit to the Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center where you can teach your children more about sea life and even meet the dolphins, sculpt some create sand castles, enjoy an eco tour on the bay, or have fun on lots of outdoor adventures like parasailing.
Left in an open, unfamiliar place, children will be forced to use their brains and intuition to try to handle potential dangers. This means they will naturally pay more attention to the surrounding environment, which will further stimulate their brains. They will also be exposed to several new things that can capture their interest and make them want to learn more about them.
Invest In Gadgets
Whether we’re talking about microscopes, telescopes, or binoculars, most children will be fascinated by these new toys and will try to learn how to use them. Once they see their cool features and understand what they can do with them, they will most likely continue using them and looking for additional information.
To cultivate your child’s passion for medicine, biology, chemistry or astronomy, you also need to invest in special books that know how to present these subjects in an engaging way for kids. Take them to visit a planetarium for example
The key is to let your kid explore as many branches of science as possible until he or she shows a particular interest to one. After that, you will need to nurture this passion with books, trips to special locations, and even find a partner who shares similar interests as your kid.
You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on professional tools in the beginning. Most children will go through various phases until discovering their true passion, so it would be best to start with second-hand gadgets or those specifically designed for kids.
Take The Kids To Museums
Taking your kids to see as many museums as possible is a good way to spark their interest in a certain topic, at a certain point. They may not be interested in the history of our ancestors but they might be fascinated by dinosaurs and interactive displays. Some will love spaceships and rockets, while others will want to learn more about Egyptian mummies. Most kids would enjoy learning about dinosaurs at Dinosaur World.
No matter your kid’s interest, cultivate his or her passion by planning special field trips. Any of the Texas Aquariums is perfect for those who love sea life as children have the opportunity to swim with the dolphins or pet sting rays and learn about aquatic life. And Safari and Wildlife Parks are excellent ways to learn about and see a variety of unique and interesting animals
If your child shows interest in planets, astronomy, and astronaut and space, a trip to the NASA's Space Center Houston is a must.