The Young Scientist.
“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.”
- Wernher von Braun (German Scientist)
From cooking to painting, science has managed to find its spot in almost everything we
do. Creating colours, making water bubbles, inflating balloons, gardening, etc., are all part of experiences involving science. Science can provide some basic level of
understanding about everything we do on a day-to-day basis. Engaging in science from an
early age can help foster interest in learning altogether. Toddlers are primed for learning.
They have an innate sense of curiosity which makes them hands-on learners. They are
young discoverers and inventors and take immense pride in achieving things a little
outside their box.
How does science help?
Science helps in understanding the world better. It helps in making observations, drawing
conclusions by using logical reasoning and creating hypothesis. Science increases a child’s
capacity for reasoning and logical thought. They get involved in physical plays and
develop life skills. Sometimes, their early interest could influence interests they have later
in their life. “Show me a child until he is seven, and I will show you the man,” said St.
Nurturing the Scientist in your Toddler.
1) Encourage your Child to Make Observations:
Ask your toddler to observe the things around him, like a bird flapping its wings or
whistle of the cooker and reciprocate it later with pictures or movements. Observation
leads to assumptions which leads to experimentation; all these steps are important for
understanding the science behind few certain phenomena.
2) Little Farmers:
Make a tiny farm in your garden or in a container full of soil. Take various seeds or
cut-out potatoes and sow them in the container. Water them every day. Explain to
your toddler the importance of water and sunlight. Keep a track of the plant’s growth
from seed to stem to leaf and describe the part and the process to your curious child.
You could also cook the veggies you grow in your little farm.
3) Magnet Magic:
Magnets are the must-be objects in science kits for kids. They are fun, engaging and
great for scientific experiments. Toddlers can go around the house collecting things
that get attached to the magnet or can draw with iron filings.
4) Simple Science Kits:
Age appropriate science kits are easy to find in stores and consists of several things
which makes science interesting. The Rhymes to Reality set also provides scope for
experimenting. These kits are safe to use and are creatively engaging.
Science is everywhere and toddlers play in every place they can with everything they find.
They are continuously encountering situations which demand attention and creativity.
Their environment is their best teacher as they learn through trial-and-error method.
Their safety should be given a priority but at the same time should not restrict their
growth through curiosity. Parents must also, always keep in mind that these activities
could get messy. You could use a few tricks like spreading old sheets or paper before they
start their activities to reduce the mess. So, let the scientist in your toddler run wild and be
patient with his questions and experiments.