Fun Science Activities for Your Kids!
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, trying to make a child sit day and learn, learn, learn is HARD! Experiential learning is good for keeping kids engaged during stay-at-home. It makes learning fun- and is definitely easier on all of us. We’ve gathered science resources that make learning about the world around us fun.
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Rock Hound Kids lets you look through a gallery of minerals with nice pictures, good information, and all the details about different specimens.
The Audubon Society has tips for helping kids get started with bird watching.
For younger kids, start with something simple. For example, have them go outside and collect 5- 10 different types of leaves or rocks.
Skype a Scientist
Hold Some Science Mini-Lessons
- Mystery Science has both mini and full-length lessons with activities for kids in grades K-5.
- Our local Museum of Life & Science has ‘Bite-Sized Lessons‘ for elementary-aged children.
- Teach Engineering is a super fun digital library comprised of standards-aligned engineering curricula for K-12 to make applied science and math come alive. I promise it is more fun than it sounds!
Bring Out the Scientist in Your Daughter
Let them Have Screen Time
- Our own UNC-TV has a schedule of at-home learning shows with supplemental resources.
- Science Max is a YouTube series that explores common science experiments kids do at home and “turbocharges” them. It’s for younger kids, but I kind of love it.
- Bill Nye The Science Guy is still going strong and now you can see ALL of his old specials online with supplementary notes for each episode.
- The Popular Science YouTube channel has videos about every science topic you can imagine- even “Can I have a pet fox?” (FYI- the answer is maybe, but not if you live in North Carolina).
- The Tell Me Why YouTube channel has answers to things that you’ll be glad your kids know (e.g. where do camels store water) to things that will still amuse my 41 year-old-brother but you may be less excited your child understands (e.g., why do we fart). Kids can ask their own questions via Facebook or Twitter and they may be covered in a future video.