How to Cultivate a Scientific Mind
August 27, 2014  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Talent isn´t necessarily linked to the arts and music. A talent for science and a passion for mathematics also exist. In fact, science helps strengthen a critical mind and teaches children how to learn. Whatever interests your children have, it´s wonderful for them to learn to reason, observe, analyse and ask the necessary questions in order to make the right decisions. For those reasons alone, we should cultivate their natural instinct for science. Keep reading to learn how and what apps, books and activities will help you.

Scientists by nature. Their instinct and innate curiosity makes them crave experimenting and asking questions. Lots of questions. Instead of despairing, rolling your eyes or asking them to please be quiet, take advantage to motivate them to engage in these fun activities.

Questions. The more they learn, the more questions they´ll ask. The prestigious magazine Scientific American published a recent study, which confirms that if we learn to ask good questions at an early age, we learn better, improves collaboration and our way of dealing with life situations.

Children who begin their thought with a: “What if…?” or a “How…?” immediately go on to include cause and effect in their questions. ¨What if we pull on this string and see if the rest of the pieces move?”

Attitude. It´s important for parents to have a positive attitude since it directly influences the way their children see the world. Remember that children are inspired by their parents and they way they deal with things depends on how you do. That´s why it´s a good idea if they see you asking questions, searching for answers, experimenting and having fun.

I don´t have all the answers. Science encompasses many disciplines. In their desire to learn, children can ask questions about astronomy, biology, physics and math to name a few. The majority of parents however do not have the answers to it all. If this is your case, don´t let that worry you. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn by their side.


Books. There are plenty of fabulous books that stimulate children´s interest for science. One of our favourites is A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. It´s not precisely a children’s book but it will help you understand things in a simple amusing way so you can explain it to your children.

Apps. There are fun apps especially designed to keep learning. Leo´s Pad is a free app for children between 3 and 6 years old. Created by a group of researchers from Stanford University, this app is all about a fun group of friends who learn about science while they go on adventures. For other educational science apps, please read here.

Remember that science is important for our children no matter what they are like or what they enjoy because it stimulates their innate curiosity, offers practical tools necessary to understanding life, help cultivate a critical mind and helps them solve problems. The sooner their scientific mind awakens, the better.

Do your children enjoy experiments? Which are their favourite?

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