Here's How to Get your Kids Interested in Science
First things first, before you read the rest of this article, we’re in no way suggesting that your kid SHOULD be interested in science, rather, if your kid has shown a healthy interest in the sciences, then, this could be a route to get them even more interested.
We tend to think that whatever subject, topic or interest your kid has should be explored. At the end of the day, not everyone is suited to the sciences. Even though our society has been programmed and designed that way.
But, if your kid has shown a healthy interest, with any luck this article should help get them even more interested.
Technology has made a lasting positive change and impact to all of our lives. However, it has also caused a number of social problems too.
The amount of time our kids are spending in front of some sort of screen has increased dramatically in recent years. This was a problem for my own generation and just seems to be getting worse with every new generation coming through.
There are so many different devices and so many digital distractions at the moment, it’s hard for parents to keep control of it all.
Because of this, we’re finding that kids are spending less time playing outside and actually meeting people of their own age. This is HUGE problem that needs to be tackled head on.
One of the ways to do this is to get your kids interested in projects and experiences outside of the home that can still pique their interest. Science might just be the answer.
Here are a few ideas:
Regularly Venture Outside
Not only is this good for our own well-being, but, it’s an excellent way for families to spend more time with each other.
The fact that you’re doing it outdoors is a bonus. To be honest, if you can get them interested and excited about doing things outside at an early age, it makes their use of electronic devices a lot less as they get older.
Being outside naturally provokes the imagination and also curiosity which generally leads to several questions about nature and our environment.
In fact, three out of four noble prize winners in science, first discovered their passion for science outside of the school environment according to Education Week.
So if we encourage our kids to join us on nature hikes and cycle rides, we basically introduce them to their natural environment.
By asking questions they learn about their natural environment around them such as trees, flowers, how they develop and grow to our local wildlife.
Engage your Child and Explore with Them
Now, simply going outside with your kids, walking and cycling isn’t really going to stoke their interest that much. As a parent, it’s important to show a level of interest. As you know, kids need to be both stimulated and encouraged to explore.
This means the main bulk of enthusiasm needs to come from you, the parent and you also need to engage with your kids. If there’s a question you don’t know the answer to, make a note to find out later.
If you take useful tools like magnifying glasses, a kids nature pack and basic insect collecting kit. You’ll find this will really help.
Encourage your Child to Ask “What” Questions
At this point, every parent reading this is rolling their eyes, “Enough with the questions already” I hear you say. But, stick with me here, because it’s “why” questions that will get on your nerves and not “what” ones.
“Why” questions give the impression that there is a wrong and right answer, where “what” questions leave room for interpretation. For example “what happened here?” and “what has changed?”. These sorts of questions aren’t that annoying and can really help with your kids development when they ask these questions and receive an answer from you.
Subscribe to Relevant Magazines
As much as we like to think we know it all, we really don’t know everything. For that reason and based on my previous point finding out about things later. It’s good to get educated in basic science if you want to be able to answer some of the questions that will likely be thrown at you.
Of course, there’s always the internet, but there's nothing like a decent science journal or magazine to really get into the nitty gritty of a subject. Better still, purchase a monthly subscription to enable both you and your kids to learn from the many topics covering science.
Literature like National Geographic Kids is a really good place to start if you’re looking for decent magazines to subscribe to. Also, The National Geographic Traveller is another brilliant source for inspiration and insight.
If you’re lucky, leave this on the coffee table and your kids may even pick them up to read :)
Luckily, the subscriptions to these magazines aren’t too expensive. In fact, families have been known to share the cost and just distribute the copy whenever they are finished with it. Oftentimes, schools even subscribe to these magazines if you find that they’re too expensive to subscribe to.
Let your Child Safely Interact with Animals
Now, not every animal does that well with human interaction, so take it easy here. Kid friendly animals include:
You could first start teaching your kids about the biology of some of your pets first before branching out to larger animals like sheep and horses.
One of the best ways to get their interest is to also talk about different animals you see on the screen when you’re watching a soap, movie or even TV ad.
As you can appreciate, there are many types of science (oftentimes referred to as STEM science), which are science, technology, engineering, and math. The way in which you approach the learning of these different sciences will certainly vary.
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