Science is one of our favorite subjects in our house because we don’t spend our time behind textbooks and workbooks while we’re learning about them. While they do have their place, the most exciting part of science is exploring and experimenting. My son built his own car and wanted to see how he could make it faster. He timed it as it drove through a specific distance and then started making changes to his car to see if he could speed it up and timed them to see the effects of the modifications he made.
How can you raise a scientist?
Keep a junk box
What can do with all that garbage, you know your plastic water bottle caps, plastic bottles, egg cartons and toilet paper rolls, have a box to store them all. Yes, keep your garbage, it’s recycling and you’ll always have materials for your child to build with. I know it’s hard to inspire creativity but when it comes, it sure is a downer when you’re missing parts for your awesome project.
Keep your broken appliances
So you’ll just keep all of your garbage. Let those little scientists take it apart and put it back together again. Of course teach them that they should never be plugged in while tinkering.
Let them explore
Let them deviate from the textbooks and workbooks, follow those rabbit trails, let them decide what they’ll learn. Are they interested in rockets? Prepare a unit study on them and jump full force right into them. Visit the museum, talk to a scientist, watch a documentary, don’t limit yourselves to books and pen and paper. You’re child may learn differently from you and you need to deliver knowledge using different methods to make it stick.
Why are the flower red, why did the car go so fast, what would happen if we added something in front of it. Challenge what they see to come up with explanations of why things happen as they see it. Get them thinking and asking questions.
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Whatever building sets you choose, have them start creating and learning how to put them together and then take them apart and build something else. When my son got this K’nex Rollercoaster building set, he couldn’t wait to get started. A wonderful way to help your child with these large building projects is to teach them how to sort and organize their pieces before they start building. We sort them out so that my son can easily find the pieces. When he goes to build, he gathers all of the pieces he needs first so he can just focus on building. If it’s a large project I’ll help him out and gather the pieces for him. It definitely speeds up his building time.
Nothing feels better than finishing a large project. He was so proud and his car travels around the tracks. My daughter enjoys playing with it as well. It also comes with 3 experiments that you can complete.