Looking for something fun to keep your little ones occupied on the weekend or during school vacation? Try hosting a mini dinosaur camp! You can watch a dinosaur movie, read kid-approved paleontology books, and even use dinosaur names for the day. Make a dinosaur-themed picnic and draw your own dinosaur pictures. We’ve also got some fun activities that will let them use their creativity, get some exercise, and maybe even learn a thing or two! [Read more…]
The weather is one of the first introductions kids have to science. We are immersed in it, so it’s not surprising that as soon as they can form sentences, kids ask things like, “Why is the sky blue?” Or, “Where do rainbows come from?” For parents, it can become a test of our own knowledge, but it’s also a great opportunity to engage your kids in science from an early age. Creating a weather map is a fun way for kids to learn more, while also taking part in creative play. [Read more…]
For parents, one of the most enjoyable things in life is seeing their child’s eyes light up upon seeing something they totally didn’t expect.
Wouldn’t it be great if such occurrences happened more often?
Well…they can – with a little help from science!
In this article, we describe three safe and fun experiments you can conduct with your child right in your own home…or, at least, in your backyard.
Let’s dive right in! [Read more…]
All children are natural scientists.
Whenever you catch your kid jumping in puddles, banging on pots and pans, or watching their ice cream cone drip slowly onto your brand new couch…just try to keep in mind that they’re simply experimenting with the world around them, and trying to learn something in the process.
Of course, it can benefit your child’s education (and your sanity) to bring some structure into the scientific process at times, as well. While you might think “chemistry” is a subject reserved for high school and college-age students, the truth is chemistry is all around us – and should be explored as early as possible.
With that in mind, here are three fun experiments you can do with your young one to introduce them to a variety of chemistry-related concepts and ideas. [Read more…]
Does your child know what to do in a medical emergency? Most likely not, but they’re not alone. Both children and adults often do not know how to react when faced with an emergency situation. However, you’re never too young or old to begin to learn the basics!
As you begin to teach your child some basics of emergency medicine, your learning objectives to begin a basic study of medicine should include the following. [Read more…]
Many kids who love animals decide they want to become veterinarians when they get older. Some kids, especially those who have dealt with an ill pet, may even aspire to be an emergency vet. But what is involved in that career? And what kind of education will they need? Are there things they can do now to start working toward that goal? [Read more…]
One of the best things about Minecraft is that it’s an open-ended experience. Although it seems like “just a game” to outsiders, the truth is that it’s a rich environment that can be molded into an infinite number of experiences. Kids can mine for the materials they need, build structures, grow plants and animals, and protect their creations. Even better, they can do it with friends, either in person or online. They can express themselves, build fine motor skills, develop stronger spatial awareness, and strengthen their ability to communicate. Not so bad for a video game, right? But what if there was even more?
For some kids, mining and building simple structures is as far as they will get in Minecraft. And for the uninitiated, that may be all you can see. But Minecraft isn’t just a static video game where you follow a pre-determined course of actions. In fact, Minecraft offers a few options for kids who want to take their worlds to a whole other custom level. [Read more…]
When most people hear the word “paleontology,” they typically think of dinosaurs. But paleontology isn’t simply about dinosaurs, or even dinosaur bones. Paleontology is the study of fossilized bones and plants in order to understand the way the world used to be. It uses all kinds of science and technology to paint a picture of our planet’s past. It’s just the sort of thing that kids love as it incorporates some mystery, some investigation, lots of getting your hands dirty, and the possibility of cool discoveries.
If you have a kid who is interested in paleontology, or dinosaurs, or science, or where things come from, we’ve put together some great books to feed their curiosity. You won’t find any straight dinosaur titles here as we want kids to understand that paleontology is about so much more. The ages listed are the publisher’s recommended ages for you to use as a guide. [Read more…]
Does your child enjoy looking for clues and solving mysteries? If so, playing crime solving games is a fun and engaging activity!
While playing these games, your child will be working on key academic and soft skills. But, since they’ll be playing at the same time, they won’t even realize they’re learning. They’ll just think it’s lots of fun!
If you’re looking for some crime solving games for kids, here are three for you to consider. [Read more…]
Does your child enjoy drawing?
How about playing with action figures?
Does he or she have a flair for the dramatic?
If your answer to all three of these questions was a resounding “yes!”, you might want to consider introducing them to the world of stop-motion animation.
To be sure, the process of creating a stop-motion video is a bit more involved than the process of, say, creating a comic book full of still images.
However, you certainly can help your child create simple stop-motion animations without breaking the bank – introducing them to a whole new world of artistic expression in the process. [Read more…]