If you ask a child what their favorite subject is odds are most of them will tell you that it is science. This is because science can fascinate and pull attention better than any other subject. Children thrive on hands-on learning science allows. These fun home learning ideas will capture your child’s attention and make science a total blast.
Use simple chemical reactions like baking soda and vinegar to teach your child about acids and bases. This can be done at home easily and is a great way to take advantage of a clogged sink drain to teach your child a scientific concept.
Grab some popsicles sticks and mini marshmallows to build a marshmallow catapult. This is a great way to teach your child about physics while killing boredom. Be sure to keep enough marshmallows on the side to munch on during this home learning project.
Hop in the kitchen to work on learning about states of matter. Nearly any baking project takes a liquid batter and gives you a solid that they can eat when it is all done cooking. This can also sneak in a little math while you are at it.
Invest in a microscope. Seeing the world up close is a whole new experience that encourages children to take a moment to think about what is around them that they can not see with their own eyes. A microscope with some extra preset slides can keep kids busy for hours. I remember playing around with mine for hours and hours as a child.
Get some Petri dishes and grow bacteria and mold to show your child where germs are. Have them pick several places around your home to decide what areas have the most bacteria and look for ways to reduce that bacteria to help keep your family healthy. You may be surprised at the places you find germs.
If you need a break but want your children to be learning you can dive into The Magic School Bus on Netflix for a fun dose of science anyone can enjoy. This is a great way to keep kids busy and home learning while you catch up on your own to-do list. I personally enjoy having The Magic School Bus book collection in my library. They are now residing in classroom library.
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