We all remember field trips in school. Filed trip were fun-filled and we did not have to attend classes or pay attention to studying. However, we never realized that these field trips were conducted to provide practical education in a fun way. Trips to the museum, planetarium, wildlife sanctuary, factories, companies, villages, orphanages, or old age homes had their purposes. Field trips conducted by schools are meant to encourage children’s interests outside of books and beyond the boundaries of the classroom. However, though schools conduct field studies to increase practical exposure for children, individual interests or doubts of each child cannot always be addressed by teachers. They can provide the academic foundation, but parents need to take over from where teachers cannot go beyond. Especially when related to complex subjects such as science, parent's intervention and encouragement has a strong influence on a child’s exposure to knowledge. This in turn will influence the child’s perception and many decisions he /she will make in future.
Each child has various questions depending on age and interests. To make a child understand complex subjects in science, parents could use creative and practical methods and experiments to provide better understanding. Apart from taking kids to a local science museum or planetarium, parents could encourage further by buying science kits for children to play with this enables learning during playtime. Some of the basic scientific experiments which can be made at home are mentioned below.
Ways to Make Science Interesting For Kids
- To understand the mechanics of sound better, you can make sound telescopes. Connect a small funnel to a rubber tube of 2 feet in length. Find a large shallow bowl to act as a reflector. Position the bowl towards an alarm or a radio kept on the lowest volume across the other end of the room. You will be able to hear the sound of the clock ticking almost 20 feet away.
- Another interesting experiment is to create a tornado in a bottle. Find two empty bottles of 2-liter capacity. Remove the labels and fill one of the bottles half with water. Keeping the opening facing each other, place the other bottle on top. Tape the two bottles at the place where the openings meet. Now hold the bottles up and rotate them in circular movements. Turn the bottle such that the water can come down to the other bottle. You will then see a beautiful tornado forming.
- To know how plants use water and the effect it has on them, there is an experiment, which could be done at home. Get a white flower (such as a carnation) and place in a vase or cup filled with half a cup of water. Add to the water ten drops of food coloring and mix. Leave the flower overnight in the solution and observe the gradual change in color the next day. If you leave them for several days, you can notice where exactly water travels in the plant based on which part of the flower is colored.