My youngest child, however, has been a bit of a challenge. She's not as naturally inclined to settle into an interest as my oldest. Maybe it's because she's always trying to follow her big sister's interests. Maybe it's because she's too busy doing things (always in motion, that one) to pay attention to any one area. Whatever the reason, it's been difficult to find an area to focus on. To be fair, she catches bugs, helps in the garden, and listens for our barred owl every night. I'm ok with that for now, truly, but I'm sort of thinking ahead for ways to spark her interest in other areas.
She's naturally a kinesthetic learner, so forget setting her loose in the library to find books on a subject like her older sister. That doesn't speak her language at all. We'll work on that eventually, but for now I just want to reach her where she is and ignite a few fires.
She got this Learning Resources Primary Science Set from my mom last Christmas. One day, when she didn't want to do anything, we pulled the box out and did the first activity. It was a simple color mixing activity (we've already done this with paints), but it helped her get used to the equipment and the names of things. She had a blast! I probably would have preferred ordering some nicer glass beakers and test tubes, but it was nice to have everything ready to go in one place, and the tools all have large enough openings to prevent messes. Also, it's very nice to have the activity cards, so I don't have to think about what to do. Mama's brain is overloaded already, and science (especially chemistry) is not my strong suit.
She is so serious about her experiments. And she loves the goggles. This is exactly the kind of thing she needed. No lengthy explanations or worksheets or time spent sitting still. Just ask what might happen, and jump right in to follow a few steps.
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I can see us basing a lot of our science studies with this child around kits and experiments. For my 5yo tornado, this is all the science she needs for now.