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Your Kids and Science

What would your kid (or kids) say is their favorite subject in school? Art? Social Studies? Math? Recess? How many of your kids would answer with Science?

Studying the world around us is extremely important for our children, even if they may not head towards a lifetime career involving science. While we will need those scientists, engineers, inventors, and so much more in our future, inspiring our kids with science at a young age can be very beneficial for their development:

  • It helps encourage kids to communicate with others by asking questions or explaining ideas.
  • It teaches perseverance, patience, and a healthy dose of skepticism.
  • It shows kids the wide world around them, and gives them preparation to face many situations that they will come across throughout their lives.
  • It can spark their imaginations, and teach them that they, too, can solve many problems around the world.

The entire scientific process of facing a problem or question, suggesting a solution, and testing to see if it works can teach so many important life skills. Kids can see that not everything works on the first try, but that is no reason to give up. And they’ll learn the joys of success, and see how hard work can pay off.

So encourage your kids when it comes to science by showing them some exciting experiments you can try at home. We have one listed below here, but there are many resources out there that can help you out. Remember to head over to our Facebook Page, and enter to win a 1-Year Family Membership to COSI, where your kids can do some really great learning and still have fun!


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Every kid learns how to fold a paper airplane at some point. These Hoop Gliders add a fun twist, and can fly even further!

What you need:

  • A regular plastic drinking straw
  • 3 X 5 inch index card or stiff paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors

How to make it:

  1. Help cut the index card lengthwise into three 1-inch strips (so you end up with three strips measuring 1in x 5in).
  2. Tape two of the strips together, one end slightly overlapping the next, making a 10-inch long strip. Tape the ends of this strip to each other, making one big hoop.
  3. Tape the two ends of the remaining strip together to make a smaller hoop.
  4. Tape the hoops at either end of the straw, lining them up on the inside.

That’s it! Grab the middle of the straw and give it a gentle toss! Have some fun decorating your new flyer, or try out some experiments of your own with it! For some more fun experiments for your kids, try out