Supermom In Training: Creating a little scientist

My little guy loooooves science. And now that the weather is better, we've been exploring outside a lot. We're finding worms, snails, butterflies, nests, cocoons, and so much more. So we recently picked him up a kid's microscope and I have a feeling we're creating a little scientist. 

Get them some cool science books. I love DK Publishing because they have all kinds of great topic-specific science books about nature, bacteria, human anatomy and more. We have a whole slew of them!

Buy them the tools. You can find some great options at the dollar store, like small eye-droppers, tweezers, small containers (for their specimens), and more. There are also terrific science sections in toy stores where you can get microscopes, rock polishers, telescopes, and our favourite: the bug vacuum!

Have a designated area. Set up an actual little lab where your child can work on his or her experiments. They'll be more inclined to "play" when they have an actual space devoted solely to their "work." We have a table, a bin underneath, cup holders for tools, an a corkboard (where we've attached sealed baggies of fruit and bread to grow mold).

Don't forget to record their findings! My bean has a notebook where he draws what he sees in his microscope, and we use the phone on my camera to photograph some of his science work. By "tracking" things, we're encouraged to return to our lab time and time again.

Go exploring! Gather up some jars and get out there. Explore your own backyard and garden beds, go to the local park, or find a great nature path. You'll love the time together, learning!

A full-time work-from-home mom of a toddler, Jennifer Cox (our “Supermom in Training”) loves dabbling in healthy cooking, craft projects, family outings, and more, sharing with readers everything she knows about being an (almost) superhero mommy.