Just do simple things like these:

  • Encourage your child to be a “collector.” Help him organize objects like seeds, rocks, shells and bottle caps.

  • Encourage investigation. Give your child a magnifying glass. Ask her, “What do you see?” “What’s similar and what’s different?”

  • Talk about the science that happens in your home. For instance, which cereals get soggy? Why do foods in the refrigerator get moldy? Why do some plants need more water than others?

  • Show an interest in science yourself. Predict the weather. Observe the stars. Weigh snow. Mix paints.

  • Nurture curiosity. Ask your child questions like “Why do you think...?” “What might happen if...?” and “How can we find out...?”

  • Go to the library. Check out books and videos on different science topics.

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