Monday, September 3, 2012

When Chemistry Sets Are Right For Your Child

As a responsible, loving parent, you're always looking for enjoyable, constructive activities to introduce to your children. Whether you've been a chemistry buff all your life, or just thought of chemistry sets out of the blue, and are suddenly inspired to give one to your children, it's a good guess that you should check your intentions before you buy. Even with the best of your intentions, you can waste money on an educational toy by giving it to your child who finds they are not the least bit interested in it. Even though you thought it was a good idea!
The trick to finding out if a chemistry set is really a "good-choice", present for your child, is simple. Don't go on what you "think" they would like, go on what you KNOW they would like.
The no-brainer of course, is the scenario where your own hobby of playing with chemistry attracts your children's natural curiosity in what you are doing, and with your warm, loving bond as a parent, you include them and complement them as welcomed participants. Guaranteed, they will develop a keen interest in chemistry.
But what if you're like most parents and feel like they're shooting in the dark when it comes to finding fun, but educational toys, that will inspire their children to accelerated enjoyment of learning at school? The answer here is, to become even more inquisitive, observational, and conversational yourself!
See, listen, and discuss what your child is, by his or her nature, naturally attracted to.
If it's flips on a broad beam, skateboarding, or nuking an invisible batch of invading aliens on a computer game, you still don't really know if your child would embrace a chemistry set as an exciting alternative, or addition to their enjoyable hobbies.
Based on what he or she likes doing, "NOW" you may never know. That is until you interact with your child to discover his or her intellectual needs and curiosities.
While all your son or daughter is currently focused on is baseball scores, you may have not noticed that they also wonder about simple things such as, "Why does the dough you make for our garlic bread and pizza seem to grow while it's sitting, and waiting to go into the oven?"
Listen to your child's questions about what they are seeing you doing. Watch what your child likes to do most while playing. Listen to what your child tells you.
When your daughter makes an off-hand scientific comment that she's always wondered how you make bubbles, tell her you'll show her, and get her a chemistry set! If you think your son was born for the NHL, but hear him ask you why this substance mixed with this substance produces a beautiful blue, he's telling you without even knowing it, about his natural interest in chemistry, and get him a chemistry set!

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