Science is everywhere, and it’s even more evident during the summertime. It’s in the grass that grows in our yards, the stars in the sky, even our own bodies. Just because the kids are on a break from school doesn’t mean they cannot continue to learn at home.
My kids love to help me plant and care for my vegetable garden. This includes weeding, watering, fertilizing and harvesting. Don’t have a garden of your own? Take the kids picking!
Observe Your Surroundings
My kids love exploring things in nature. They are constantly taking in the beauty of the outdoors, whether it’s the deer feeding in our yard, collecting seashells on the beach or checking out funny looking insects. Have a magnifying glass handy to give them a closer look.
This idea is both fun and tasty. Have you met a kid who doesn’t love making s’mores? While you’re holding those marshmallows over the fire, explain to your children how the element of fire creates a chemical change. Then experience the science of gastronomy!
When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was capture caterpillars and watch the process in which they transform into butterflies. You don’t need a fancy net to do this either. Find a caterpillar in your own yard and place it into a bucket with the plant it was feeding on and a small branch placed upright. Cover the bucket with netting and store it outside. Kids will love nurturing the insect and watching it form a cocoon. Once transformed to a butterfly, release it!
Make pizza dough
Kids can learn about chemistry while helping with dinner! Or simply make a batch of dough to play with. Watch the yeast foam and demonstrate how it helps the dough rise.
I’m sure after reading these few ideas, you can name ten other examples. I hope you’re inspired to take some time to focus on science this summer, because it’s easy to be a scientist! Simply look around and ask, “Why?”