To help your son develop a passion for science is to help him develop a curiosity for the world and to inspire a love for learning. With all the different ways that children learn, here are a few tips to get your toddler excited about science.
Make it practical
Getting your son involved in practical, hands-on learning can really encourage them to become more excited about science. Science isn’t confined to knowledge in a book, so making it practical will help build their understanding and developing an interest for it.
Bring in the right kind of toys that will help spark an interest in science. Nowadays, there are more great options than ever, such as Magna-Tiles or Minecraft, yet old fashioned ideas such as exploring the outdoors to observe wildlife, building structures and solving puzzles still prove to be very useful.
Leverage their passions and interests
What are the things your son is interested in? What are they passionate about? You can spark a further excitement in science by taking their interests and encouraging him to look at them in a new way. If he enjoys sports, cut open a rugby ball to see what it’s made of. Does your son like music? Explore the mechanics of a guitar and the way it works. Or perhaps, your son is very interested in cooking. This is one of the most effective ways to teach science to your son – through this, toddlers can learn chemistry, understand plant anatomy, practice their math skills as well as learning other science lessons.
Keep it fun
Using different activities can also spark an interest in science. An activity like baking can end up becoming quite a scientific investigation – experiment with baking powder and baking soda, try using different ingredients in different amounts, and study how these changes affects the results.
You can also keep it fun by going on trips to the museum or to the zoo, or by watching science shows such as Bill Nye, the Science Guy and Mythbusters.
Listen to the questions they’re asking
If your son asks a question about an experiment or about something they’ve heard, continue the conversation even if you don’t have the answer. Each question that they ask could result in a potential new experiment, a new lesson learnt or a new understanding on how the world operates.
By encouraging your son to ask questions, you are fostering greater curiosity and interest in science.
Teach a solid foundation in basic scientific principles
Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist, says: “We don’t teach our children to read by memorising a single book. Instead, we teach them the alphabet; that 26-character foundation will give them a word for every situation … The Oxford English Dictionary estimates there are at least 250,000 words in the English language. Similarly, an emphasis on the fundamentals of science will give our children the tools to adapt to any future challenge, including those we cannot possibly imagine today.”
By teaching your son the fundamentals and basic scientific principles early in life, it will better equip him in his studies as he progresses through school.
Having a passion for science is something that should be cultivated from a young age. As parents, you have the opportunity to foster this interest in your son by encouraging him to ask questions and to explore the world around him.
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