Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatu!  Islam is one of the only religions that is perfectly compatible with science, since Islam is the truth. Most religions shy away from exploring science but did you know that teaching your children about science nurtures their sense of wonder and helps them understand the world they live in?

It also helps them to connect with the creator, Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala . Learning about science from a book can be boring. It is a subject that needs to be experienced for itself and that means going outside and observing phenomena and also coming back inside and doing experiments for ourselves to understand things better.

Science Made Cool

For some reason, kids think that science is only for those in the realm of the super-intelligent, or worse, the geeks. We need to break those stereotypes and let our children enjoy learning about life and how things work. I was glad to find ‘Science Made Cool’ on Ali Huda.  It is a quick and simple science show that is both fun to watch and educational at the same time. It is a crazy show with a crazy scientist who has no qualms about experimenting and learning new things.

Characters

Professor T is a crazy mad-scientist in a white lab coat with hair to match. He has a comical, high pitched, funny voice that kids will think is a hoot. He carries out his experiments in a science lab but with simple materials that you can find in your kitchen cupboard so you don’t have to be a scientist to do them yourself.

Features

Professor T has some interesting experiments that help kids learn science terms and concepts in a simple way. You can learn how to make your own erupting volcano, lava lamp, fake pet jellyfish, you can try the magic pepper experiment and learn how to clean your coins.  He introduces simple scientific concepts and explains them with his wacky experiments. Kids will love to try these out for themselves so be prepared for a messy kitchen and a lot of learning.

Recommendations

Each experiment will take your kids diving into the kitchen cupboards for the same ingredients to complete these experiments at home.  They will be sure to make a mess but learning is a messy business.

Experiments help kids to:

  • Be curious about the world around them
  • Be observant and mindful of creation
  • Be resourceful
  • Be organised
  • Learn Planning skills
  • Learn how to follow instructions
  • Be appreciative of the wisdom of the ultimate creator himself.

This is a great little find to help them get out of a rut when they are bored or they have nothing to do. This will get them off the couch and doing something interesting. There are many skills that a simple fun experiment can teach your child, so encourage them to try it out for themselves – and to clean up afterwards.

Tips for helping your kids experiment

  • Learn to let go – your inner control freak might think it is too much trouble to waste time and ingredients making a mess, but like I said before, learning is a messy business
  • Let your kids try the experiments for themselves and make sure you have all the basic ingredients like food colouring, vinegar, bicarbonate of soda etc. available
  • Help your kids learn about the topics by collecting information, library books and pictures about the new concepts they are investigating with the experiment
  • Supervise little kids and help them learn basic safety about chemicals
  • Help them write down and follow instructions from the show
  • Encourage them to try new things and observe
  • When mistakes happen, as they usually do with experiments, help your child by asking them what they can try next. Encourage them to keep experimenting until they get it right

Learning about science  helps us appreciate the magnificence of nature itself and develops our innate sense of curiosity and fascination with everything around us and how it all fits together. Give your kids a little push with Science Made Cool. If you haven’t subscribed yet, be sure to use this discount especially for our blog readers.

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About the author

Zahara is an entrepreneur, homeschooling mom, education specialist, UX designer and writer. She currently lives in South Africa and works with social enterprises and faith based companies around the world. You can see some of her projects at http://zaharacassim.com/

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