Nature provides countless learning opportunities and helps children develop an appreciation for beauty and life in all its forms. You can further encourage that natural interest in children by teaching them to question, to be more observant, and not to be afraid of exploring the world around them. You could do this in 3 ways:
1. Weave science into daily conversations. Ask: Why do I get out of breath when I run?
2. Engage your kids in science-related activities by taking trips to the Singapore Zoo, Botanic Gardens, Science Centre and the Singapore Discovery Centre, as well as the ArtScience Museum and Playeum’s Children centre for Creativity.
Children need to use process skills (observing, classifying, predicting and communicating) as they explore science concepts. Development of these skills will enhance their enjoyment of the concepts. Try this experiment:
BALLOON FUN EXPERIMENT
A packet of yeast (from any supermarket or baking supply shop)
A bottle with a narrow neck
What to do:
1. Fill the bottle with about 20ml of warm water.
2. Add 2 teaspoons of yeast and gently swirl the bottle for a few seconds.
3. Add 3 teaspoons of sugar and swirl again.
4. Place the neck of the balloon over the neck of the bottle.
5. Let the balloon sit in a warm place. The balloon should begin to inflate after 5 minutes.
What just happened? As the yeast eats the sugar, it releases carbon dioxide. The gas fills the bottle and then the balloon, thus inflating it. You can try this experiment with honey or maple syrup instead of sugar, too. Sciencebob.com explains more about this experiment here.
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