If Your Kid Likes Science...
Preschoolers are naturally curious about the world around them, which makes this an ideal time to spark their interest in science. Bonus: Your child will gain problem-solving skills that will help him later academically.
What you can do: Kid-friendly aquariums, museums, science centers, and zoos feature interactive stations where kids can experience science firsthand. If your child loves the ocean, he can feel starfish at an aquarium's touch tanks; if he's into dinosaurs, he can view fossils at a museum. "Hands-on activities that encourage touching, hearing, and tasting help kids better absorb the information they're learning," says Linda Huether-Plevyak, PhD, associate professor of early-childhood education at the University of Cincinnati.
But you don't have to go on a field trip to get your child psyched about science. You can observe insects with a magnifying glass, smell different plants, or look at constellations -- all from your own backyard. Be sure to keep it interactive: Go online to classify the bug he found, or ask questions like, "Which of these pots is big enough for the plant?" to spark critical thinking. And before long, your preschooler will discover which activities he likes the best.