Hands on Science Experiment
Teaching Through a Hands On Science Experiment
Science textbooks can be useful and lectures have their place, but it is hard to beat a hands on science experiment. Talking about chemistry and looking at pictures simply cannot compare to watching live as vinegar and baking soda react with one another. Seeing science happen is what engages a child’s mind.
The great thing about science experiments is that there is no age limit to enjoy them. It’s never too early or too late to try a hands on science experiment and introduce children to the wonderful world of science.
In fact, you can give your little ones a head start at home with a toddler science experiment. These can include activities such as learning what toys sink and which ones float, bead play, colorful sensory activities, nature and insect explorations, water play, and several more.
They are safe, simple, exciting ways for young children to learn about the world around them. Many toddler science experiments require items you already have around your home, such as food coloring, vinegar, baking soda, toys, ice, plastic bottles, and similar things and there is typically no set up. Outside items like leaves and the wind are also used.
As children grow, some experiments will require additional items, but there are still several basic ones. With a little research, you can usually find several experiments requiring similar materials. Make a list of the materials for the experiments you would like to try in your purse or wallet so you can grab them when you notice them on sale.
Also, keep a box of random items, such as egg crates, paper towel tubes, leftover craft items, storage bowls, beads, and anything else you can think of. Sometimes, all children need is a box of goodies to start experimenting and building things themselves.
The next time a rainy day has you stuck inside or your children say, “I’m bored”, take full advantage. Try a toddler science experiment or a hands on science experiment for your older ones. They will be learning without even realizing it.