We know how important it is for kids’ cognitive development that they have fun while they learn. Playing encourages their creativity, while activating their imaginations and developing their communication skills. That’s why today we’re giving you some ideas to get them hooked on science, so they can learn more about it in a playful way.
A LABORATORY AT HOME.
Who doesn’t think science experiments are fun? There are YouTube channels for children, like ExpCaserosKids, where you’ll find videos of simple experiments that you can do at home. It’s a great way to get some family time, while learning about the world around us.
Science has always been present in movies and on TV. You’re sure to remember Beakman’s World o Back to the Future. Today, shows and movies still keep us dreaming of time machines. Here, we’re recommending a few that will appeal to both kids and adults.
The first is Young Sheldon, a spin-off of the show The Big Bang Theory that chronicles the adventures at school of the charismatic Sheldon Cooper. Fun is guaranteed with this child prodigy and future theoretical physicist.
Our second recommendation is the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The main character, Flint Lockwood tries to build an invention that will change the world. His adventures as a scientist, from his childhood to the present, will keep you entertained.
For fans of the classics, we propose a couple of toys that will get their brains going. For younger kids, this multi-colored atom construction set is ideal to help them start exercising their fine motor skills and their imaginations. Check out the Kid O website. All their toys are designed to help kids learn while playing.
Kid O Click & Pop Links.
For more advanced scientists, we recommend the brand Koa Koa, especially this set which will let them put together their own DIY flashlight, all while learning the basic concepts behind an electrical circuit and how it works. Don’t forget to visit the website. All their toys are intended to explain scientific phenomena through play. Science can be fun!
DIY flashlight by Koa Koa.
ONE GIANT LEAP.
The NASA website is a fantastic resource for learning about the universe. They have a children’s section where you’ll find interactive games, information to help kids understand astrophysical phenomena, and posts about the recent activities at the space agency. Every day they publish a photograph or video with incredible images like the one below. Take a look around the site and prepare to be amazed!
Infrared image of a nebula from the NASA website.