Encouraging Science Exploration

There’s a lot in the world that
is unknown to kids, nature, space and more importantly the sciences.  This doesn’t keep them from imagining,
exploring, observing and asking questions. 
Explaining science to kids seems intimidating but it doesn’t need to
be.  Teaching your kid about science can
be done in small tasks and they can have fun while learning about science too.
are always willing to ask questions and learn. 
They’re eager to explore and understand the world around them; encourage
their curiosity.  Ask them “what”
questions about their surroundings and daily life.  What happens to the grass when it rains?  What is faster, walking or running?  Asking “what” questions cause children to
make observations.
kids to problem solve by answering their own questions.  For instance, have the kids observe the stars
on a clear night.  Help them understand
that stars are like our sun but they’re very far away.  By using a concept that kids already
understand to teach a new concept you are helping them make connections.  The next time there is a cloudy night, have
them problem solve as to why the stars are “missing”.  Even if they’re wrong, they’re learning to
question things and then use logic, knowledge and reason to come to a conclusion
based on what they know.  
can be physical too.  Kids can learn about
science while having fun being active. 
For instance, children can learn about their body and physics while
kicking a ball and not even realize that they’re learning by doing.  They learn that in order to move their leg
and foot to kick, they have to use their knee. 
By using their foot to kick the ball they learn that the ball requires a
force to make it move.  Kids are
understanding science without even knowing that they’re interacting with
science seems complicated and full of long detailed explanations, it can be
simplified to help kids understand. 
Science can be observing and experimenting, making predictions, sharing
discoveries, asking questions and wondering how things work.  It can be solving problems, designing,
creating and building things that work. 
It takes small activities and questions to help kids understand and
learn about science.
you’re looking to bring more science into your child’s life, there are some
upcoming events at the museum full of science activities.
July 19
fun with Ruff Ruffman, host of FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman and Curious George on
PBS, and try some fun, hands-on science experiments inspired by his show.
of Prey
August 2 at 10am
and learn about hawks, owls and vultures in this program presented by New England
Reptile and Raptor. Their goal is to dispel myths and teach
kids scientific facts about wildlife.  NE Reptile and
Raptor use live reptiles and birds of prey for illustrative purposes to
focus on educating children about reptiles and birds and their biology,
physiology, and function in the ecosystem.
more information on events that involve science click here.  For some more science fun stop
by the FECTH! Lab and you might find a fun experimenting waiting!
that you can go to for science activities to do at home with everyday items are Curious George or Peep and the Big Wide World if your child is pre-school age and FETCH! or Zoom if your
child is older.

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