As a child, science may seem like a scary or even boring subject. The key to getting children interested is showing them the exciting side of science!
There are so many places to find great science related activities and products to really enhance your regular science lessons. And not all of the exciting science-based projects mean you have to go out and buy some kind of kit. For instance, have you ever made ice cream in a Ziploc bag? It is really awesome fun and offers a complete lesson on why we need the rock salt to lower the temp for our ice cream. Best of all, you get to eat the delicious experiment when you’re done! We’ve toyed with this a little and used sweetened condensed milk too…don’t ask for the nutrition details – this one is ALL about the sugary fun of science!
A fun place to purchase supplies and instructional books on making science fun is at one of my personal favorites, Steve Spangler’s website. Here you can find exciting and interesting projects for the youngest students all the way through adults. Children enjoy learning about science when they are involved in the process. This website offers daily specials and a gigantic variety of products at varying price ranges.
Home school helpers for science, like Supercharged Science, are just as good for group or classroom use as on a one-on-one level. Aurora Lipper offers a wide variety of online instructions and videos to teach kids of all ages. Online videos are a great way to get a kid interested in seeing what they could do, and often strikes up their inner scientist, leading to new and creative ways to look at science.
Also a great place to find science experiment ideas is here. Science may seem like a daunting subject to take on, but with a little bit of idea assistance and basic instruction, you and your young ones can get out in the world and creating your own science wonders in no time!
In the Houston area we have Mad Science. They offer everything from totally awesome science birthday parties to science camps and after school workshops. Nothing piques a child’s interest like hands on learning!
Speaking of hands-on learning, seek out your closest children’s museum. The Children’s Museum of Houston offers an educational experience like no other! Covering much, much more than science, the CMH provides more hours’ worth of exciting hands-on fun than you can possibly fit into one trip. With a schedule that changes frequently, kids never get tired of visiting, or the fun of learning.