Want to really impress your kids? Build a robot with them — no kit required! Try one of these science experiments that explore ice, magic mud, rocket engines and even a rainbow in a bottle! The key to home projects is to have a balance between preparation and flexibility.
First, pick a project that fits roughly into the time you have available and also that fits the interests and abilities your kids. Then, gather necessary supplies. It’s a good idea to have general supplies on hand for last-minute projects. These include craft supplies, duct and electrical tape, empty bottles of various sizes, Velcro, wood scraps, nails, batteries, twist ties and more. It’s also good to have spares of kitchen staples like salt, vinegar and baking soda.
Now, it’s time to set your goal and start with your step-by-step instructions. Parents, your job is to assist and support, but see if your kids are able to troubleshoot and call the shots for most of the project, even if it means it doesn’t look quite perfect. Be patient, and resist the urge to take over! Let them be creative with their work and their problem solving.
Once finished, celebrate their success and discuss how things went. Talk about what went well and what might have been challenging.
Amp up your family time by doing some memorable projects with your kids. They’ll enjoy the challenge and really benefit from the thinking and questioning that’s required! If the ideas we linked to aren’t your style, a quick internet search will uncover lots more. Enjoy!