Once children begin to reach higher grade levels, it is important for parents to start considering buying school supplies in different subjects other than the typical notebooks and pens for reading and writing. Science labs and classes start to increase the need for a variety of different supplies and parents are usually provided a list from the teachers describing what is needed. The very basics include a magnifying glass, and a protractor. But as kids begin to advance grade levels, their needs for science lab supplies will increase, especially if they aim to follow this down the line in their career paths.
One of the most important supplies your aspiring scientist will ever get will be a microscope. Buying your child their first microscope can be an exciting and fun time. But since it is only the first one and children change their interests so quickly, do not invest too much money into this. If it is for school, your child’s teacher will provide specific details on exactly what type and quality of microscope your child will need. Once you have purchased the microscope, take the time to have fun with your child and get to know all the functions of the new product. Children tend to lose interest in things that they do not understand completely, so have fun exploring all the things your child can learn with an microscope.
Another essential science lab supply is magnets. Learning the scientific methods behind magnets can also be an extremely interesting new thing to learn for your child. A serious of magnets will help your child explore all the laws of attraction.
Prisms are also usually included in science kits for children. Kids love to learn how the sun can affect the beautiful colorful lights reflected by prisms. There is usually certain elements of botany experimentation included in a child’s science kit and aspects regarding the study of space.
When it comes time for your child to select what experiment they wish to conduct for their school science experiment, take the time to listen to what they are interested in. The school science fair is a notorious time for parents to take over their children’s projects and take full control. This truly cheats your child out of what can be an incredibly fun time for them. In fact, the school science fair provides a perfect opportunity for your child to explore their talents and interests and truly get creative.
Should your child wish to build a volcano that actually erupts for their project, they will need paper mache, baking soda, liquid soap and some red food coloring to make sure the eruption has the right effect.
A solar system is a fairly easier project. All that is required is Styrofoam balls of various sizes, some paint to color them, a few wire hangers to situate the balls accordingly and some Bristol board to create an effective backdrop.
And no matter what project your child decides on, make sure they have a proper lab coat and protective eye ware.