Why does the spider have eight legs? Why does my tummy hurt? Why are you covering your ears? Sometimes it seems as though "why" is the only word your child knows. Asking "why" shows your child is interested in figuring out the world around him. Science tools might cause him to ask "why" more often and help him figure out some of the answers on his own.
Give your child a ruler or measuring tape and he'll start measuring everything from the table legs to the cat's tail. He will also begin to learn about important concepts such as shortest and longest. Measuring cups and measuring spoons will also help your child learn about measurement. He can come up for recipes for mud pies, learn how many cups it takes to fill a bucket or help you bake a yummy snack in the kitchen.
While you might not enjoy stepping on the scale, your child will enjoy seeing how much you and everyone else in the house weighs. Don't be offended when he announces that you are heavy; he's just learning about weight. While a traditional bathroom scale is a fun tool for heavy objects, it may not work for everything your child wants to weigh. Try a traditional food scale and let your child fill it with fruits, small toys and objects such as bolts and coins. A kid-friendly balance scale will help your child learn about the concept of heaviest and lights.
Your child loves to play in the dirt and splash in ponds and puddles, so why not offer him some tools so he can learn at the same time? With a simple magnifying glass he will be entertained for hours as he examines rocks, bugs and even boogers up close. He can use a pair of tweezers to pick up creepy crawlies from cracks and crevices, and a net will help him discover the amazing animals that live in the ponds and creeks near your home.
Even if he can't write, your child will enjoy documenting his finds. Don't worry, you don't have to keep jars of bugs and boxes of sticks and stones around the house. Give him a notebook and a crayon and he can draw pictures of the things he observes as he explores the world around him. A kid-friendly camera is another way for him to document his discoveries. You might tire of looking at pictures of trees, bugs and piles of dirt, but he'll love looking at them and re-telling you about his discoveries.
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