As parents, we want to minimise the risks for our children, the risk of them failing, the risk of them hurting themselves, physically or emotionally. This is simply nature. On another hand, we want to raise independent kids, who feel confident enough to stand for themselves and try things out. A paradox.
All of our little ones will go at some point through what we call the “Why phase” — a wonderful and dreading phase sometimes which can drive parents insane, after hearing why? but why mummy? but why? and why?… it can be difficult to come up with reasons and explanations! What it demonstrates though is that children are naturally inquisitive and curious, which is a wonderful thing and we should nurture this quality. After all, creative problem solving and curiosity are two highly valued skills in business.
Science offers a safe ground for children to learn to fail. Here is a way you can encourage them to try things out:
Now imagine, your little one is trying to build the tallest duplo or block tower, ever… just because. The tower falls and now you can hear the screaming and potentially massive tantrum. Our natural reaction is often to comfort them and tell them, “that’s ok, you can make another one. Come, I’ll help you”. This is of course great to be there for them but it doesn’t give them a chance to understand why it didn’t work and test something else. Next time, try something along these lines:
This is a STEM activity in itself and soon enough, they will get used to this approach and start coming up with solution themselves.
A scientific approach consists of 6 steps:
Science is fun and the above approach can be used in so many different situations. Have a go at home and start nurturing their curiosity - it's a wonderful thing, for them and for you :).
We truly believe that children are curious and inquisitive by nature, which makes them natural scientists. This is what WhooshPop — science classes for little ones — is all about. We create a safe and fun environment where children can explore, experiment and discover the world around them with their friends and families. We use plenty of hands on activities, songs, games and stories to bring the world of science alive. The parents love playing with their little ones and get inspired to carry on exploring at home.
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