Scientists may use complex lab techniques to make discoveries, but their first observations are much the same as a child’s. The questions children ask naturally are based on the observations they have of the world around them. Allowing them to flesh out their curiosity with hands-on explorations and experiments will provide a fabulous foundation for learning and a love of the different sciences.
Gathering and organizing information are core science skills, and information-hungry kids practice them naturally and enthusiastically. With a little organization from you, you could turn a child’s question into an afternoon of fun learning using the very grown up scientific method.
- Look and ask: Pick up on an observation your child makes that inspires a question.
- Guess: Ask your child to guess why it’s so.
- Test: Create an experiment to put that guess to a test.
- Find Out: Can your child make a conclusion based on the test?
- Look and ask again: Finding answers leads to more questions and by generating new questions and tests, the whole process can start again.