You can do this!
Inspire kids to learn about science.
- Let kids hear you wondering aloud—even grown-ups have a lot to learn!
- Kids ask a lot of questions. You don’t need to have all of the answers.
- Encourage their natural curiosity.
Ask Open-ended Questions
- “What do you see?” (hear, smell, feel, taste)
- “What do you think?”
- “Why is this important?”
- “What did you learn?”
- “What could we change?”
- Listen carefully to their answers.
- Observation is the basis of discovery!
- Show kids how by pointing out things you observe, and ask kids what they see.
- Use all five senses to make observations.
- Discuss what you see, smell, hear, feel, and sometimes taste!
- Resist the urge to explain “why” until AFTER you’ve asked what THEY think.
- Even if they want to experiment with something you know won’t work, allow kids to think and explore for themselves.
Encourage Boys and Girls Equally
- All children are curious and will engage in exploration.
- You are in a unique position to help dispel gender stereotypes by equally encouraging exploration and experimentation.
- Everyone’s abilities can be developed through hard work and practice!
Make a Mess in the Name of Science
- Sure, it's more stressful in the moment, but kids build confidence as they experiment, make a mess, and then clean up after themselves.
- It’s not your job to do it FOR them. Give kids space to take ownership of their work and care for their environment.
- Mistakes are opportunities to learn new things!
- Praise hard work (not just successes) to encourage a growth mindset.
- Encourage kids to keep working to overcome setbacks.
- What did they learn? Encourage them to think through what they could do differently next time.
Share your child's curiosity and enthusiasm for science by downloading and displaying these science achievement badges on your social media platforms. You can also help your child print, cut out, and create a Science Achievements page.