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The Science of Fun: 3 Easy Ways to Get your Grandchild Into Science

Most children are naturally curious about science. Many adults assume kids will find nonfiction boring, but in fact, the opposite is true. We would suggest checking out a variety of children’s nonfiction books out from the library, or investigating online. Topics might include: space, sharks, earthquakes, the body, baby animals, etc. (If possible, have your child help with making the selection at the library.) Read the books, or complete the research, together and see what sparks his/her interest. Then, plan other activities or trips to museums or hands-on science experiments with those interests in mind.

Depending on the age of your grandchild, you can do some fun experiments that follow naturally from your conversations. For example, you’re picking out paper towels at the grocery store. If your grandchild asks which is better, then buy two brands and do a test (an experiment!) at home to find out for yourselves which is more absorbent. The process of designing the test is an excellent way to teach science skills, and the measurements involved reinforce math skills. Many people mistakenly think that science is not creative, but in fact, designing an experiment (in this example, a fair and accurate test of the paper towels) is a very creative endeavor. And your grandchild is likely to be motivated by an interest in the results.

A bit intimidated about creating your own science experiments from scratch? Here are 3 awesome science kits to help spark your grandchild's interest and learning! Best part- the box includes EVERYTHING you need to complete the experiment!

Craz-y Slime Creations

Making slime has never been easier! This kit is packed with everything required to make some seriously cool slime and provides hours of fun. While making this cool concoction, kids learn a number of important chemical principles. After the slime is made, kids can use it as a stress reliever!

Vex Robotics Catapult Kit

In 100BC, Greek and Roman engineers changed the face of battle with the invention of the most powerful long-range weapon the world had ever seen. Now kids everywhere can experience the thrill of launching objects with the VEX® Robotics Catapult by HEXBUG®! With 2 ways to build, this STEM kit provides hours of fun!

4M Kitchen Science

Perform amazing experiment with everyday materials. A fun kit filled with inspiration. Contains 6 specially designed kitchen science experiments. Generate electricity by using a fork and tomato and light up a bulb. Launch a rocket fueled by baking soda.

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