Parenthood brings a lot of responsibility with it (isn’t that the understatement of the year…) Not only are we responsible for raising our kids, most of us also develop a much deeper appreciation for our planet because we realize that the choices we make will affect the world our children and grandchildren inherit. And yet how many of you feel powerless to make meaningful changes that will help our environment? I mean we SO BUSY already, what can you really do?
Listen up, one thing that is absolutely within your power is to inspire your children. You are raising the the next generation of scientists and engineers who will be stewards of our planet, the generation who will be inventing new ways to harness the wind and sun to power our cities, the generation who will be inventing flying cars and using trash to make viable products.
And want to know the best way to inspire your kids to love science and become problem solvers? Follow their interests. Do you have child who loves art or baseball or the outdoors? Use that as an entree to the wonderful world of science! The best way to get kids on board to try a project is to let them chose it. And to pique their interest, hand them a book full of ideas they will love, as in a book that matches a passion they already have.
These are the best science books for kids based on what you child already loves…yes, it can be that easy to get them interested….
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The Best Science Books for Kids
For All Young Scientists
This book is an excellent introduction to the scientific method, and the experiments walk kids through how to ask questions and think like a scientist!
For Young Magicians
The next time your kids are inspired by a magic show follow up on that enthusiasm with one of these books! They are both older books that occasionally include a science experiment using things like matches (do you have matches on hand anymore?) but they are chock full of unusual experiments that tap into the magical aspect of science.
For Budding Artists
A staple for families!
For Practical Jokers
Most families have at least one or two pranksters in the bunch, am I right? This book is perfect for them! It’s full of comical illustrations that have the appeal of old science fiction movies posters. And who can resist projects titled “Eggs in the Nude” or “Sandwich Bag Bombs”….?
For kids who love to build stuff, tinker, make machines, and even experiment with electricity this book is perfect! Bonus: If you like the format of this book, Janice Van Cleave has a book for almost every science category you can think of, from earth science, to astronomy, to chemistry and more….
For Nature Lovers
For kids who love being outdoors both these books will wet their appetite for exploring the natural world that surrounds us! They are also wonderful for scouts and summer camp ideas as well!
For Sports Fans
Who says jocks don’t love science? I adore that this book uses sports as an introduction to the wonderful world of physics! From swimming to soccer the experiments, in this book will also give your kids lots of cool stuff to tell their teammates…wanna know how to find the sweet spot on your baseball bat? Try employing a little science…
This book is for kids who lurve robots. It’s a great introduction both robotics and electronics, complete with all the terms you need to learn (servo anyone?) as well as background info on the development of robotics and where robotics will take us in the future.
For the Whole Family
Both of these books bring families together to work on science, and you all know how much I value parents and children connecting through fun…I love that both books emphasizes simple experiments you can do at home with easy to find materials.
Another great books for families, STEAM Kids is available as a digital download, meaning you and your kids can try a project from it in the next 5 minutes! How’s that for easy? But the real lure of this book is the chance to bridge disciplines: science and art, physics and engineering, math and technology, this book will help you get started with cross disciplinary projects firmly rooted in science.
So do you think your kids could get interested in science with any of these books?
Let your kids take the lead and get excited about science by choosing activities that match what they already love.
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