Does your child love watching the Discovery Channel and reading National Geographic? Then it’s time to bring children’s natural curiosity to the table by creating a science lab at home! Here are a few simple steps you’ll need to know to create a space for scientific discovery:
1. Choose Your Space Wisely
It’s important that children help you pick out their science space as they’ll be spending the most time in it. Be sure the space you choose has a flat surface for children to work on (since we all know how messy science can be), a window, as many experiments require sunlight or documenting weather patterns, and comfortable seating. Here are a few fun ideas for personalizing the lab:
- Add plants on the desk or tabletop, so that children have examples of nature right in front of their eyes!
- Hang posters for science inspiration.
- Include a bookshelf. One shelf can be dedicated to science supplies by adding trays, baskets, or tote trays for tools and instruments.
2. Stock up on Science Books
Every great experiment starts with research! Make sure your kids are stocked with books full of facts and figures about their favorite areas of research, whether it’s Bengal tigers or the Milky Way! It’s also beneficial to have a book full of science lessons children can use as a starting point for future discovery! Here are some of our favorite suggestions below:
- Hands-On Science and Math
- Science Not Just for Scientists!
- Science Adventures Nature Activities for Young Children
- Hands-On Science Fun Book Set (Set of 8)
3. Pick Out Tools for Discovery
Every scientist has to have the proper tools! Here are a few of the basics you may want to consider for your child’s science lab:
- A Basic Starter Kit– goggles, test tubes, and tweezers are necessary tools of discovery when it comes to children launching into different types of investigation. The Primary Science Set is a great place to start!
- Smart Lab Get Growing! Green House – teach children the plant lifecycle by planting seeds and watching them grow with the Smart Lab Get Growing! Green House.
- Microscope- from the simple GeoSafari Talking Microscope to the more sophisticated GeoVision MicroPro, taking a closer look always leads children to new, exciting discoveries about the world around them!
4. Start Experimenting!
There are so many areas of exploration children can dive into! Whether it’s ant lifecycles, dinosaur bone excavation, or studying solar power, we have a few choice kits you can start your child learning with:
- It’s Alive Slime Science Lab Set
- Mobilo Solar Energy Kit
- GeoSafari Ant Factory
- Super Magnet Pack
- Dig a Dino Excavation Kit 3 Pack
What will your child’s first experiment be? Share with us by commenting below!