As parents, we’re always looking for ways to foster the love of learning in our children from a young age. Not only is it important for their development, but it also makes learning throughout their school years much easier if they have had an exciting experience learning things. I’m sharing some ways to help your young children explore and find excitement in the world of Chemistry!
How Early Learners Learn
Younger kiddos (think lower elementary, sometimes through upper elementary) learn best through actions and doing. So, for example – if you want to teach a child that 2+9=11, they will better grasp it if you have images to express each numerical value or better yet – in hand manipulatives to visually see and physically touch.
As all of us who have been around young children, we know they absorb the world around them like a sponge through their active curiosity and exploration. So when it comes to introducing Chemistry and Science – why not take that same approach?
Young Learner Resources for Chemistry and Science
Below you’re going to find great resources to help your young learner explore the world of chemistry and science. They’ll have so much fun with these and they will be learning a lot, on their level. Thus creating a fantastic foundation of the love of science and chemistry.
In full disclosure, this post is sponsored by Eddie the Electron and I have been compensated for my time. But I assure you, all opinions expressed are my own.
1// First and foremost, I suggest starting out with Eddie the Electron. This book is fascinating! It’s an excellent resource to help introduce your young learners to the world of atoms. The quirky electron is the voice behind the book and you’ll have giggles all the way through all the while providing a great learning experience.
2// Kids first Chemistry Set. This hands-on activity set is a surefire way to burst open that curiosity and interest in learning more about chemical reactions and science. Kids like to know and love to do. With this, they’ll be doing, learning, and will be left with an appetite to learn more.
3// DK Eyewitness Books: Chemistry. A great resource to have, sort of like an encyclopedia. In it you’ll find engaging introductions to the world of chemistry and science.
4// This here is a super fun game on Atoms and Isotopes. It involves M&M’s plus a game board, cards, and player cards (which are provided as a free download). Keeping the setup simple!
5// Here’s a fun Chemistry Experiment video to create a Lava Lamp. You can buy all the items at your local grocery store and the experiment is super easy to do! A container (think empty soda liter) Oil, water, food coloring, and effervescent tablet (fizzy tablets, think alka-selzer ). He explains how the chemical reaction works throughout the process. Its’ a fun, engaging, and educational activity.
6// Here you will find six chemistry experiments for elementary students. The focus on STEM helps to provide the opportunity to get young learners interested in chemistry. Through this resource you’ll find the following chemistry experiments: water molecules on the move – where students learn if hot molecules move faster than cold ones, baking soda & vinegar chemical volcano – where your young learner will make their own volcanic eruption (so.much.fun), they’ll make their own snot, they’ll make glue, they’ll make fizzing lemonade, and they’ll also make a color splash.
7// This is a fun and easy experiment involving milk, dish soap, and food coloring. You’ll need q-tips and a plate. Check out the video, it’s super easy and fun! Your young learner will learn the “why” of the reaction too, so again – a fun science activity that they’ll learn lots through!
8// This is a quick read resource about “The Atom”, you can find it here on Ducksters.
9// This is another “what is an Atom?” resource, much like the one above. But I wanted to include this one too since it has a moving demonstration. My 1st grader immediately understood this diagram after reading Eddie the Electron. She was able to spot the quirky electron!
10// Kitchen Chemistry: Science for Young Kids. Here you’ll find three science activities – vinegar volcano, pretty pennies, and plant a seed.
11// Parts of an Atom video. This is a neat video to help understand the parts of an atom.
12// We loved this video! It’s a resource video, meaning it’s compiled 10 Science Experiments you can do at home. I love it! Watch through the video to get an overview of the experiments, below, in the description of the video, you’ll find a link to each one mentioned. But I’ve included them for you right below the video here. :)
- Diet Coke Mentos Rocket
- How to make glass completely invisible – Live Experiments
- How to Get an Egg Through a Bottleneck
- Scientific Tuesdays – Awesome milk trick
- Amazing Candle Trick!
- Iron for Breakfast – Sick Science!
- Cloud in a Bottle – Science Experiment!
- How To make A Match Rocket
- Dry Ice ERUPTIONS! How to Create Experimental Explosions!
- Instant Ice – Waterbending In Real Life!
13// Just how small is an atom? – Jonathan Bergman from TED-Ed. This is a really fun visual. It talks about just how small an atom is and what’s inside them.
14// Wave Nature of Electrons. Don’t let the simple cartoon first impression fool you, this is a great video! Your young learner will learn about the wave nature of Electrons, which will help them begin to form a better idea of how they behave.
15// Hands-On Activity: Gum Drop Atoms. This is another fun hands-on activity to help understand atoms.
Two Bonus Resources:
- Scientific Explorer My First Science Kit is another amazing science kit resource to help really encourage your young learners as they explore science and chemistry.
- Also from Scientific Explorer: My First Mind Blowing Science Kit. We had a lot of fun with this one!
You can find lots of other science and chemistry sets on Amazon here .
Start with Eddie the Electron
As I mentioned at the beginning of this list, I highly suggest you start out with Eddie the Electron. The book is simple enough for young learners to grasp the information, yet it’s not lacking for that age level. It’s also incredibly affordable for such a great resource! You can grab the book right on Amberjack Publishing, or you can grab it on Amazon.
The author, Melissa Rooney, has a Ph.D. in Chemistry. But she decided she didn’t want to be a career-Chemist. Instead, she took her love of children’s books and decided to write her own. That’s how Eddie the Electron came about. If you happen to live close to her, check out her workshop!
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