It’s officially science fair season and no matter where a child’s interest lies or how old they are, there are some tried n’ true (but simple!) ways to spark creativity and excitement at home without having to pull out a chemistry set. In fact, we’ve got 4 easy steps to keep kids and teens interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and help parents ensure that this little “take-home assignment” doesn’t suddenly just become homework for mom and dad.
1) Try an At-Home Experiment: Jumpstart kids’ scientific creativity with a quick and fun light bulb experiment – it’s an easy way to bring home what’s being taught at school, but in a way that’s interactive for adults and kids alike.
2) Make it Fun and Tasty: Just about everything you do in the kitchen can relate back to science, but the process of making candy is a great way to talk about science and chemistry—plus, it’s really tasty. Keep everyone interested by enticing them with a sweet treat like this honeycomb candy recipe. As you add the secret ingredient (baking soda!) to boiled sugar, the mixture will bubble and quadruple in volume.
3) Get Inspired with Netflix: From great options for older kids like How Stuff Works, Build It Bigger and Mythbusters to options for younger kids like Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Magic School Bus, Netflix has a variety of TV shows and movies that will help jumpstart their imaginations and get the whole family excited about a winning science fair idea. Happy to share our full list of titles if you’d like to share them in a slideshow with your readers.
4) Tips and Tricks from an Expert: Commonsense Media has 13 more ways to help motivate, inform, and engage kids this science fair season. Check out their tips here.
Here’s to putting on your lab coat and getting crafty!
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