Kids love to engage themselves in creative activities because they strive to learn or do something new. It is a very common habit of the kids to break the toys and separate the motors and use those to make silly things. This is known as electrical science experiments. Other than this science activity, there are various kinds of science activities parents can easily practice at home along with their kids. It is mentionable that indoor science experiment is one of the interesting ways for the kids to observe and acquire knowledge. Before educators can embark on designing an effective hands-on science program for young children, parents should know how a child’s brain works. Children’s brain is a pattern-seeking machine, and science is the quest to recognize and classify naturally occurring patterns. Along with that, they are naturally equipped to learn through observation and investigations. Whenever a child learns something new, his/her brain rewires itself based on the child’s understanding. Today in the age of science and technology, parents can easily get to know about some indoor science experiments from internet, books or videos to practice those with their kids at home. Most interestingly indoor science experiments offer some amazing benefits as well:
It boosts cognitive development
The cognitive development of your kid refers to the construction of thought processes including remembering, problem-solving and decision-making from childhood to adolescent age. When you are experimenting with science projects with your kids, they are more active and curious. At the same time, they learn to think critically and begin to look for rational explanations. A study was conducted in the United Kingdom on a few children who grew up in a science-friendly environment. In the end, researchers found that those children showed better interest in science other than ordinary students as well as became better in problem-solving. Parents can practice easy and affordable science experiments at home to create a science-friendly atmosphere for their kids. For instance, amidst indoor science experiments, parents can make colourful lava lamps catalyzing a little bit of food coloring, vegetable oil, and Alka Seltzer (commercial antacid that contains aspirin). The combination will make a lava lamp that will make your kids wonder about it and make them curious about the experimentation. By doing such experiments at home you can help your kids to think critically.
Growing interest in science
Young children are naturally inquisitive, full of questions about their surroundings and strive to investigate how things work. Therefore, parents can easily take advantage of this innate curiosity and start channeling their enthusiasm for scientific discovery as early as possible. Besides, research suggests that by the age of 7, most children develop either a positive or negative attitude towards science education that will remain entrenched. So by tapping into their natural predispositions early on, during this key developmental phase, it is possible to nurture and establish a positive approach to science education that will stay with them in the future.
Literacy and language development
It is obvious that children can acquire knowledge effectively through a fun-filled and playful environment because they can put their full attention properly and learn consciously. Often children struggle to express their feelings constructively. But engaging kids in science activities will provide them the opportunities to express themselves with freedom. Moreover, participating in recreational activities is considered one of the most effective ways to develop language and communication skills. For instance, if you want to conduct an indoor science experiment with your kids, you need to interact with your kids frequently to make them understand what and how you are using the equipments for experimentation. To help your kids understand properly, you should use the native language. Such practice will enhance their listening and speaking skills gradually.
Improvement of fine motor skills
To generalize, motor skills refer to simply an action that involves your baby using his muscles and fine motor skill means the coordination between small muscles such as hands joint, fingers, with the eyes. Fine motor skills involve the small muscle movement of the body that enables such functions as writing, grasping small objects, fastening clothing and many other activities. Indoor science activities can effectively improve the fine motor skills of your kids. For instance, at home, you can easily make bottle squeezy rockets with a bottle full of soda or water. Then loosen the bottle cap and put a paper cut rocket on the top. Ask your kid to press the bottle so that the rocket can pop up. This will allow your kid to use their hand and eyes at the same time and improve their fine motor skills as well.
It inspires creative thinking
Kids always love to explore new things by themselves because they carry imagination and creativity at their early age. As a parent when you are doing a science experiment with your kid, they are likely to observe you closely and imitate the techniques. For instance - if you get your kids into kitchen science and practice some in front of them, you’ll soon find them trying out the practiced experiment as well as new versions of it. Once they get the hang of it, kids will try to explore all sorts of ways to keep trying to make it happen. This is how it will encourage them to think creatively and actively.
In short, science projects are quite helpful for the kids as these arouse their curiosity and make them more informed. Instead of counting on the school teachers completely parents should also take the pain sometimes to arrange such projects at home for the betterment of their children.