Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Hey, kids, math and science for all this Christmas
These are the tools real scientists use, she says.
Younger kids (4-6): A stethoscope to check the dog's heartbeat and also their own.
Owl pellets--you an get these online--pick them open and find little mouse bones and other things the owl could not digest and whurpsed up instead.
Magnets are fun--large enough to not be swallowed, even by smaller siblings.
Older kids (7-12): Dissect a chicken leg (this means a scalpel and careful supervision).
Make something out of balsa, a light as air wood, that will hold 5 pounds.
How about a pantograph--learn math from scale--trace a small item and make it bigger.
Check out Arduno and Raspberry Pi--about $50.A huge online community comes with this.
It's OK for kids to fail, for their structure to collapse...it aids learning.
And all this also requires a lot of hands-on parenting. So come on, all.