There are two words that strike fear and anxiety into the hearts of parents everywhere: “I’m bored.” Keeping your kids engaged and entertained without resorting to screen time is no easy task. If you’re looking for something to hold their attention for more than a few moments without shelling out a lot of money, all you need is a few household items you probably already have in your kitchen or backyard. Giving children some basic science experiments they can do on their own or with a little grown-up help not only staves off boredom for a few precious hours, but also it could bring them a host of long-term benefits.
Children are naturally curious, but passively sitting in front of a television or tablet can dull this impulse. Kids need to take an active role in the world around them to keep their mental faculties sharp and open their perspectives to new experiences. Experimenting with some simple scientific principles is a great way to do this. These fun and easy-to-do activities can also go a long way toward building an interest in learning, which will serve them well as they move on in school.
Some of these experiments require only a few moments to see results, such as using a comb charged with static electricity to change the direction of flowing water. Others take a long time but offer the opportunity to learn more about the natural world, such as planting seeds and watching them grow. No matter which you decide to do at home, you and your children will have fun while expanding their knowledge and making them excited about the learning process.
To get started, take a look at the accompanying resource. It includes a list of 10 experiments you and your family can try that are simple and fun and can spark curiosity.
Designing a user interface that provides the most intuitive experience for children differs from what’s… Read More
As parents, we all strive to give our children the best start possible in life… Read More
The holiday season is in full swing, which means kids across the country are heading… Read More
Reading aloud has been a cornerstone of early childhood education for decades. Its benefits extend… Read More