On a rainy day, it can be difficult to help children burn off all of their energy. They can become overly hyper, moody, and pushy. One of the coolest ways to keep children engaged and busy is to stage a kids’ science lab inside of the home. The kitchen is a wonderful place to start. All a family needs is equipment, ideas, materials, and some excitement!
Researching Fun Science Experiments
There are thousands of projects online to choose from, from the simple slime that is made from glue and detergent, to homemade crystals and elaborate chemistry projects. A quick internet search will yield endless possibilities. Try to find 10 different experiments that the children would be interested in doing, and purchase enough product to be able to do the more interesting projects a couple of times. This is a great way to prepare ahead of time, in case of long term issues such as a power outage or snowstorm.
Buying Whole Science Kits
For the family who is ill equipped for impromptu home science projects, entire science kits are an excellent start. Some involve tumbling gems or making goop, others involve digging up dinosaur bones and growing sea monkeys, and yet others help to create things like candy or jewelry. Science kits are very popular holiday presents, with producers offering the widest variety and selection in store displays. Online merchants will have a wide variety as well, and some may be cheaper due to the lack of branding or fancy packaging.
Ideal Science Equipment to Have
There is a lot of basic equipment that science oriented families should have on hand at any given time. Goggles and gloves are two of the most important pieces of equipment, and families generally have these items stored away already. Old cloths and towels are helpful to prevent damage to the home. Other great ideas include childrens’ coats, a men’s lab coat, cleaning products, beakers, droppers, stirrers, and even a microscope kit. The more equipment the family has, the more experiments that they can perform.
The world of science and exploration is particularly fun and magical for children; this makes it an excellent activity for children who are indoors. These experiences are also beneficial to their growing minds, teaching them all sorts of intriguing chemistry, physics, and biology lessons.