Science for Children: Fun Ways to get Interested in Science

September 8, 2015 Published by

Science is important not just as a key National Curriculum subject, but also as an area that nurtures a curious mind. Whilst children don’t need to learn in-depth scientific information at this stage, you can help get them gain an interest in learning about science with fun games and experiments. Here are some ideas for getting children of all ages inspired by science and captivated by the possibilities of the world around them:

 

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You can find lots of fun apps that help children learn about different areas of science through games. In Monster Physics (ages 8-11) children apply their knowledge of forces and motion by working through missions, inventing vehicles and solving problems – for example in one mission, they need to add ice to a surface to reduce friction.

Explorium – Space for Kids (ages 6-7) is another brilliant app to teach children about space and the solar system. There are mini-games and fascinating facts about the universe, with scientific terms to build children’s vocabulary. See our Good App Guide for more science apps for children.

 

 

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There are plenty of great science kits too for children, that will allow them to safely experiment with lots of different areas of science. Thames & Kosmos, for example, have some great sets that let children experiment with electricity and magnets, botany, the human body and more.

They also have a lovely science starter kit for children aged 5 and up, with 25 different experiments for children to try out. See our Good Toy Guide for more science toys for children.

 

 

 

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You can also use some cheap household items to create science experiments, such as making an exploding volcano or mixing up some squidgy, messy Gloop! Watching how the different materials react when put together will be captivating for children, and may inspire them to find out why they are getting these results. See our science play ideas for more activities.

 

 

 

Online Videos

YouTube is particularly popular with children and is a brilliant way to show them a huge variety of science experiments – there are videos to guide science experiments you can do at home, but some amazing experiments that children can’t try will love to watch.

For example, we found this mesmerising video of a swinging pendulum and were fascinated by how it worked. We had a look online and according to this article on exploring pendulums:

“A simple pendulum consists of a mass (called the bob) attached to the end of a thin cord, which is attached to a fixed point.

When the mass is drawn upwards and let go, the force of gravity accelerates it back to the original position. The momentum built up by the acceleration of gravity causes the mass to then swing in the opposite direction to a height equal to the original position.” “The shorter the length of the bob, the shorter the period (one swing of the pendulum over and back) will be.” (Exploring Pendulums, ScienceNetLinks)

The pendulums with shorter cords swing faster than those with longer cords, making the pattern in the video. You can do the same activity with your child – watching videos of science experiments and then researching explanations for the effects they have seen.

Here is a guide to 8 YouTube science channels to get you started, but we encourage you to search for anything that your child is particularly interested in learning as this will be a great motivator for them.


More on Science for Children

Science in the National Curriculum covers a wide range of topics, so see our articles below for a more in-depth look at supporting each area through play to get children interested in science:

The Human Body

Physics, Electricity and Magnetism

Science, Plants and Nature

 

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