Almost every lesson and subject can include a hands-on experience. Doing so is a must if you especially for tactile learners. Science is by far my favorite subject to bring to life. The world was made for exploring.
Limitless field trips is one of many homeschooling perks and just about any place you go can be turned into an educational trip, however my family and I have learned that there is much to be discovered right in our home and neighborhood, without spending any extra money and I am certain you and your family can do the same.
Consider these hands-on activities the next time you are looking around for science fun:
The outdoors may be the best place for science discovery, no matter the season. Just about every type of science can be explored outdoors, too, including biology, meteorology, zoology and botany. Have your student:
Identify the types of trees in the neighborhood.
Record the changes of weather over a week’s time.
Observe the habits and patterns of birds and squirrels.
Predict which flowers will bloom first or grow the tallest.
Test the pH levels of rainwater versus water from the faucet.
Get to Cooking
Science lessons in the kitchen not only produces scientific knowledge and essential life skills, but tasty treats. Have your student:
Identify the process that occurs when making rock candy (using sugar and water).
Record how long it takes for homemade popsicles to go from their liquid state to their frozen state.
Observe the chemical reaction that occurs when baking a cake.
Predict how many shakes it takes to turn a jar of heavy cream into butter.
Test the amount of it takes for kernels of popcorn to pop when cooked on the stove.
Learn While Eating
Take paper and a pencil to the breakfast or lunch table and discover the digestive system and other parts of anatomy and physiology. Have your student:
Identify foods by simply smelling and touching them.
Record how often they get hungry and document what they are eating.
Observe the effects that certain food has on their body (How do they feel after eating... a burger? ...a piece of cake? ...fruit and vegetables?, etc.)
Predict the amount of chews it takes to finish a piece of candy, meat, or crunchy snack.
Test their tastebuds and see if flavors can be identified in a blind taste test.
Take Apart Household Items
Curious students want to know how things work so let the physics and engineering commence with these ideas. Have your student:
Identify the components of a lamp.
Record how quickly they can take apart and put back together a ballpoint pen.
Observe the inside of a PC while it is running and identify its components.
Predict how much water it takes to fill up the toilet tank, then measure it.
Test the smoke detector after they have taken a look inside.
Become a Mad Scientist
What’s in your kitchen’s pantry or refrigerator? The most common kitchen items are perfect for creating memorable and affordable chemistry lessons. Have your student:
Identify the process that happens when cut apples turn yellow and brown.
Record the amount of time it takes for four different foods to rot.
Observe what happens when a can of Coke is used to clean the toilet.
Predict what will happen when an egg is placed in different liquids (i.e. water, vinegar, corn syrup).
Test the solubility of baking ingredients like sugar, salt, flour, cornstarch and baking soda.
Hands-on science experiments allow children to practice the science processes of: observing, predicting, experimenting, and interpreting. It also grows their problem-solving skills, classification skills, and recognition of cause and effect, which will be beneficial for a lifetime.
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Teri Watters is a homeschooling mom of three. She is the creator of MommyWifeLife.com, where she regularly blogs about ways to keep the family connected through education, family activities and the latest products on the market.