How to Introduce Science to Your Baby
Science & baby?
Yes, it is possible yet truly fun time!
Alhamdulillah, I had introduced my baby in learning the wonder of science since day 1 of their births.
I contemplated how much they had grown and how quickly the time had already passed.
Nowadays, they can hardly wait for their “Science Time” 😉
Your baby’s natural curiosity makes it easy to introduce science concepts during everyday activities.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education ~ Albert Einstein
Here’s a list of tips that you could use while introducing science world to your baby:
Things You” Need:
- Unbreakable Mirror
- Bath Toys
- Children’s Toys
Step by step guide:
- Step 1: Play with water and sand
Pouring, dumping and transferring sand and water from different containers and using different utensils teaches valuable concepts of weight and volume.
Encourage your baby to count the scoops it takes to fill a container.
Talk about how a container feels when it is full and empty.
Compare sizes while talking about big and little.
- Step 2: Turn off the lights and get out a flashlight
Guide and give your baby a chance to turn off and turn on the lights.
Let your baby explore light by flashing the light all around the room.
Talk about what is happening.
Make your own shadow puppet by fingers or build your own paper puppet theater *my kiddies love it!*
- Step 3: Play with a safe mirror
Most children’s mirrors are made of Plexiglas and are safe.
Talk about reflections in the mirror and on household objects like windows, televisions and in the tub.
- Step 4: Sort and classify objects
You can do this with any object your child is interacting with while pointing out differences and similarities.
Say things like, “I see three blue blocks and one red block. You have two carrot sticks and four crackers.”
- Step 5: Play with magnets
Use the refrigerator and play magnets.
Gather some small safe metal and nonmetal objects and compare which stick and which don’t.
Let your child experiment with the magnets.
- Step 6: Ask a lot of questions
Constantly ask your baby why things happen.
When the wind blows, ask what’s happening.
If you are playing with water, ask why a container overflows.
Talk about the answers and repeat activities to see if your baby learns from them.
- Step 7: Floating Friends
Put a light ball or bath toys (while having a bath in the bathtub or use pile instead) which will keep floating and a heavy toy which will sink due to it’s weight.
The child will keep trying to push the ball into the water and make it sink.
This introduces them to the concept of floating and sinking.
Make bubbles too!
- Incorporate learning into every aspect of your child’s play. Let your baby take the lead in exploration.
- Cook with your baby. Allow your baby to play with measuring cups and safe kitchen utensils.
- Observe and manipulate nature (shadow tree, echo, rainbow, thunder). Outside is earth’s laboratory.
- Your baby will have a short attention span. Don’t force continuation of a game if your baby wants to move on to something else.
Keep on your hard work mommies 😉
May Allah swt always help & guide you. Amin~
*gambatte ne, hugs*