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Dr. Amanda Gummer has dedicated her life to working with children and families in a variety of settings since 1993. As well as running a family support charity in London and teaching children...
Introduction to Science for Kids
Science is at the route of all understanding of the world - whether it’s how your body works, what makes the earth spin, the way machines or computers operate, and it all starts with a basic question: “I wonder what happens if….?”.
This is the basis of most children’s trial and error learning -the first example of scientific enquiry.
Children learn quickly by this method but each child is starting from the same point. The benefit of education is that we’ve been wondering what happens if…. for thousands of years and the answers to many of those questions are now well known. This enables us to teach children about how the world works without them needing to figure it all out for themselves.
Children learn best through play and age- appropriate science kits can really help foster children’s natural curiosity. By introducing young children to science, you’re levelling the playing field for girls and boys - girls who have not identified themselves as someone who enjoys science by the time they get so secondary school are less likely to want to take it as a GCSE or A level.
By introducing all children to science at an early age, you’re not only helping them keep their career options open, you’re also helping them to understand the world around them and develop key skills such as problem solving and logic.
Science kits and experiments are great for children to do in groups too so can promote friendships, teamwork and social skills. Overly complicated experiments can put children off science so it’s important to find the right way to introduce your child to experiments.
When looking for ways to introduce your child to science, choose simple experiments and kits that are designed for your child’s age, initially with quick and exciting results. This will help them enjoy the activity and boost their confidence.