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10 Experiments that will Make your Kids Love Science
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November 6, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Children are young scientists at heart. They see the world with innate curiosity, which is precisely what they need in order to learn. A recent study at the University of California proves that kids think much in the same way as scientists. When it comes down to tackling a problem, they formulate hypothesis, make causal inferences and learn by observation and trial and error. However, when they get to school, everything changes. British scientist Phillip Ball, author of the book Curiosity. How Science Became Interested in Everything believes that science, at school, is taught with answers instead of questions. And this is one of the reasons why children lose interest. If you want your children to keep loving science, their learning should be centred on curiosity and creativity. And what better way to spark their interest than experimenting at home?

 In our post titled How to Cultivate a Scientific Mind, we spoke about the importance science has in our children´s education: it teaches them to reason, observe, analyse and ask questions that will fascinate them. Together, make time to engage in scientific experiments art home.

What Experiments can we do together?

If your child is a toddler, he´ll surely bombard you with questions but physics and chemistry is probably still out of his league. During these formative years, the important thing is to keep them motivated to ask questions and learn to explore, touch and not be afraid of trying new things. This way, when your child is 5 or 6 years old, he can begin to link concepts and learn about cause and effect thru playing. Kidspot offers a guide that explains how children learn and what science skills that are prepared to develop according to each age.

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What can be used in the experiments?

Everyday objects or nature itself is the best way to explain how things work in a simple and fun way. Your children will be motivated to investigate how things work and improve their critical minds.

Toys, such as Aquaforce can also be used so your children can discover how a mechanism works by using water pressure or with the energy that can be accumulated with an elastic band.

Before you have your children engage in experiments, you must know the results and how it works. Parents should be ready to answer their children´s questions in the easiest way possible.

Floating Egg

If you place an egg inside a bowl of water it sinks but what if you do it using salt water? Since salt water is denser than tap water, the egg will float. This will amaze your children and they will learn something basic such as density. The instructions can be found here at ScienceKids.

Chewing Gum made with Milk

Have you ever asked yourself what would happen if you mix hot milk and vinegar? Try doing it with your children. At Science Bob, you´ll find all the necessary guidelines to create chewing gum out of milk. What really happens is that casein, a protein found in milk, and what cheese is made out of, is what gives it its gummy appearance. A simple invention to get them psyched up for chemistry. You can also get your children motivated by asking them questions like: Would the same thing occur with soy milk? What if we use lemon juice instead of vinegar?

Fog

Fog is a meteorology phenomenon that fascinates kids. Mysterious and magical, fog is an element used in children´s fiction book, so this one will surely grab their attention. All you need is a glass, hot water, ice, a strainer and be able to follow the instructions on Weatherwizkids.  Water evaporation and condensation can be easily explained and will make learning more fun.

Invisible Ink.

Lemon juice, water, cotton and a lamp is all you need to amaze your children and make invisible ink while you introduce them to organic chemistry. Tell them they´ll learn how to be magicians and discover secret formulas so they can write coded messages. Lemon juice becomes oxidized and when it’s heated, it turns brown. If you place the secret paper under a lamp, the letters will magically appear. You can also make invisible ink with soda water or milk, explained in Kidzworld.

Have you done science experiments at home with your kids? Do you believe that science at school is too theoretical?

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