How to Raise a Science Lover

Science is a fascinating subject because it encompasses so many different aspects.

  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Zoology
  • Astronomy
  • Medicine
  • Astrophysics
  • Earth Sciences

With so many different branches of science to discover, you’ll find it easy to awaken your child’s love of science even before they begin school.

Expose your child to as many different sciences as possible – visit science museums to find out what your child finds most fascinating and inspiring.

Science activities at home

There are many fun learning activities you can do with your child and without even spending any money.

For chemistry, there’s cooking! Teach your child all about how different ingredients react together – show them how baking soda fizzes in vinegar, let them play with food colouring and experiment with it – try colouring different types of food and discuss the results with them. Ask questions which will get them thinking, for example “Why did this food turn bright red while this one only turned pink?”

A nature pond in your garden is a wonderful way for your child to learn about biology – watch frogs eggs turn to tadpoles and discuss the things the creatures in the pond eat.

Astronomy is something most children have a natural fascination for. You don’t need a telescope to teach your child which stars are which. There are apps which will show you and your child your exact position on earth and mark out each visible star and planet so you can learn their names.

The sciences are a wonderful and fascinating way for your child to develop many skills – maths, art, language, critical thinking – all come into the sciences and once your child finds their special interest, you’ll see them bloom in many more ways.

The best schools will have a rigorous science curriculum, like this international school in London where pupils engage in many different science-based activities and lessons regularly.

David Curry