Children are naturally curious human beings, so it takes little effort to get them interested in fun-loving activities. Therefore, to get your kid interested in school, engaging him or her in fun educational projects is an excellent strategy. The key is to involve children's participation. Here are a few great activities they will enjoy.
Discovering Good Bacteria (This will teach that not all bacteria are bad, that they are found in some of the foods we eat, and they serve a good purpose.)
One microscope (find student microscopes at Microscopes.com)
Slide and coverslip
Plain yogurt (Make sure the label says active cultures.)
Place a thin layer of yogurt onto the clean slide.
Add a drop of water.
Apply a clean coverslip.
Observe the live bacteria, using various magnifications.
Allow your kid to sketch the bacteria as he or she sees them.
Lava Lamp (This will enhance your kid's already-creative mind.)
One 2-liter soda bottle
Vegetable oil (enough to fill bottle 3/4 of the way)
Water (enough to fill the remaining portion of the bottle)
One Alka-seltzer or Airbourne tablet (cut in small pieces)
Food coloring (enough for 10 drops)
Pour the oil into the bottle.
Pour in the water.
Add the food coloring.
Add one piece of tablet at a time, allowing each to bubble first.
Cover the bottle with the cap, and tilt it back and forth. (The coloring will attach to the oil to form lava blobs.)
Turn on the flashlight, and hold it under the bottle to create an illuminating effect.
Sock or Paper Bag Puppet (This will help kids' concentration level, motor skills coordination, and it can be used for storytelling.)
One old sock or small paper bag
Paint or crayons
Using buttons for eyes and nose, glue them in the appropriate spots.
Cut a three-inch strip of yarn and glue it (curved) in place for the mouth.
For hair, glue several strips of yarn at the top. Use preferred length.
(If making the paper bag version, first color the bag using crayons, or paint it and let it dry. Attach reasonable-length strips of construction paper in place for arms and legs.)
When it comes to captivating your kid's attention, remember that age is a major factor because it affects his or her attention span. So, depending upon the length of an activity, you may want to divide it up into segments.
Annette Hazard is a freelance writer that concerns herself with parenting issues. She is promoting science for kids and hopes you can find more student microscopes at Microscopes.com. She is also a mother of one daughter.