How to get a 5 year old disney princess excited about science?
January 28, 2014 1:19 PM Subscribe
Any ideas on making discovery fun for a princess obsessed 5 year old girl?
posted by savitarka to Education (44 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I have an amazing, energetic niece that recently turned 5. I love playing with her and want to expose her to as much wonder as possible. I would love for her to be amazed at the natural world but she is more on the princesses, dress up and shiny baubles phase. All she wants me to do is play pretend parties at her doll house or watch her dress up some girl in an app on the ipad. Is there anything that we could do together that plants the seeds of a lifelong interest in the sciences at this point or is it too early for me to do anything like that? I want to be her cool uncle who she can learn and do stuff with (I'm an Engineer, early 30s and reasonably curious/aware about a lot of areas that I don't have academic proficiency in). She refuses to go out on hikes or biking trips (and asks to go home within half an hour of me taking her on a walk somewhere)
Can you share your ideas and experience about any science kits, building activities etc that can help me teach her a few things while she has a lot of fun?