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Teaching Science And Having Fun
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Teaching Science And Having Fun

As soon as the summer holidays are upon us and the kids settle in late mornings most of us may want to keep them fresh with their education. By teaching science and having fun in this period you can keep them mentally sharp and fresh. The trick here is to not let the children know that you are actually thinking of educating them because that is the last thing they want during their holiday period - keep things fun.

I mention teaching science and having fun at home because student's are known to have a certain 'summer learning loss' that occurs when they have long holidays away from study. Color changing milk is commonly used for teaching science and having fun because it is so easy to pull off.

With this experiment you must first fill up a side plate ( or very shallow bowl ) with milk and them get hold of a few food coloring's. Put a little drop of each coloring in the milk and grab yourself a spare cue tip. Try dipping the cue tip in the milk - nothing happens! Now dip the cue tip in a little everyday kitchen soap and repeat the process. This time the colors will explode into the milk and attempt to 'get away' from the cue tip. This is a really cool experiment to use when teaching science and having fun.

Make sure when use perform an experiment you try to throw in a little science. For example, the milk experiment involves molecules mixing so be sure to include that information. Another great method involved in teaching science and having fun is the carrot trick. For this you will need two carrots and a glass of salted water and pure water. Put a carrot in each of the water glasses and leave to soak overnight.

Get the child to pull out the carrot in the normal water first - notice it just looks clean and remains 'hard' and rigid. Now move onto the carrot that has been left in the salted water overnight. Make a big deal out of this bit and build up the kids interest. Pull the carrot out of the water and get the children to examine it.

You will notice that the carrot half that has been in the salted water is not at all hard, in fact it is almost like a bendy toy. The children will be able to mess about with this bendy carrot and see for themselves the difference in it. These are just two of the many teaching science and having fun methods out there. Find a few that suit you and your child and make science fun.


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Barbara9  

nice article

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Barbara, glad you enjoyed the post.

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  about 1 decade ago

Good article and interesting experiments Chris...got to try some of that myself...:)

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  about 1 decade ago

Cheers kevin, glad you enjoyed it!!

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  about 1 decade ago
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