Absolutely anyone can do our experiments with children at home, in a playgroup or in a primary or kindergarten class. Here are our top five tips for getting the most out of the activities:
- Don't worry if you don't know the science! When doing our activities for kids aged 4-10, It's not about facts and figures, it's about asking questions, investigating the world, and thinking.
- Play, look, ask. This is a great structure to keep in mind when doing an experiment. Have fun, look closely, and question everything you see.
- Ask the right questions. Asking lots of questions is the most important thing about doing these activities, and asking the right ones can help your child get the most out of them. Rather than simple 'yes/no' questions, try to encourage them to think for themselves. Instead of 'do you think this will happen?', try 'what do you think will happen?'. It's a subtle difference, but has a big impact.
- Go off script! We've provided a set of instructions, but don't feel you need to stick to them. Try other things, do it your own way, and importantly, let the kids try out any ideas of their own.
- Don't worry if it doesn't work! Science experiments, whether in a kitchen or a laboratory, often don't go exactly to plan. Don't worry! Use that as part of the investigation. Get the kids thinking about why it didn't work. What could you change to improve it? Doing the activities isn't about getting a certain result; it's about experimenting, having fun, and looking closely at the world.
Armed with these nuggets of advice, dive in! Try some of the experiments, and let us know how you get on.