There are lots of ways to encourage your child to enjoy science. But different children have different interests and need different projects. If your child loves to cook, let her see how sugar becomes caramel syrup when heated. (Use this idea with older children and careful supervision. Caramelized sugar is very hot.) If she loves the outdoors, let her observe an insect in its natural environment.
Here are some more tips:
Encourage activities that are neither too hard nor too easy. If in doubt, err on the easy side. Something too difficult can give your child the idea that science is too hard.
Remember that ages listed on book jackets or product packages are only suggestions. A child who is already interested in a subject can often handle material for a higher age group. A child who isn't yet interested may need to start with something for a younger age group.
Think about your child's personality. Some activities are best done with a group. Others are best done alone. Some require help from adults. Others need little supervision.
If you don't know what your child might enjoy, ask. When your child chooses something, she'll learn more and have a better time doing it.
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