Opening worlds

Children are curious creatures, who are constantly learning about the world. As they listen, play and explore, their minds are continuously figuring out how the world works and what is relevant. By exposing ones own kids to different experiences, explaining things through science through play, exploration and crafts, it is possible to open up worlds like math, science, engineering, computers, and languages to very young children.

Traditionally this has often been seen as the job of the school system. However, by the time kids are old enough to go to school, much of their mindset and view of the world is already fairly set. This, then, is the job of the parent, who, unlike schools, can focus on the “why” of things and offer a personalised approach quite impossible for the school. On this page I will collect those blog posts I write and sources I come across about this topic as I research it, experiments and games I play with my daughters.

Blog posts:

8 more ways of opening up the world of letters and words

10 ways to open up the world of growing things

Opening up the world of atoms

Opening up the world of chemistry with red cabbage

Opening up the world of friction

10 ways to open up the world of letters and words and books

Opening up the world of fractions

Opening up the world of air

Opening up the world of coding

Opening up the world of math to a young child

Opening up the world of languages to a child

Opening up the solar system to a child

Upcoming posts:

Opening up the world of light (coming 11th of April)

Opening the world of gravity and air resistance (coming 25th of April)

Opening up the world of the states of matter – solids (coming 9th of May)

Growing crystals – kitchen chemistry (coming 23rd of May)

Opening up the world of the states of matter – liquids – part 1 (coming 6th of June)

Opening up the world of liquids – part 2 (coming 20th of June)

Opening up the world of states of matter – gases (coming on the 4th of July)

Opening up the transformation from solid to liquid and back (coming on the 18th of July)

Resources:

Arvind Gupta – toys from trash – Arvind has made hundreds of science toys from stuff usually found around the house

How stuff works

Phet simulations on math, physics, chemistry and earth science

Homesciencetools.com – a shop for science tools. I haven’t ordered from them, but their learning center is filled with all kinds of cool projects to try

SP-electroniikka – a Finnish site to shop for electronic components, such as led-lights, magnets etc. Really fast at shipping my order.

Wikipedia – while I would check the info from other sources as well, wikipedia is an excellent place to start from

Youtube – has a plethora of scientific tests one can try out. Needs adult supervision though as all is not what it seems

Physics4Kids – A good site for clear explanations about physical phenomena

The Physics Classroom – Another good site for clear explanations about physical phenomena