How to Incorporate Science Lessons into Family Life

Mighty Mommy welcomes Ask Science to learn creative ways to incorporate science lessons into your everyday family life (no test tubes, lab coats, or eye goggles required!)

Cheryl Butler
5-minute read
Episode #262

As parents we love to expose our kids to as many educational opportunities as possible.  Our first thoughts might lean towards having these experiences take place in a school setting, but we’d be shortchanging them (and ourselves) if we didn’t look for interesting ways to enrich our children by offering hands-on lessons right in our very own homes or backyards.

I'm thrilled to have a growing number of Mighty Mommy fans who homeschool their children.  I also have several good friends that are now choosing to homeschool, and I’m always fascinated with how they incorporate so many of their lessons into their family’s day-to-day routines. 

There are many hands-on approaches to their lesson plans that are practical and fun, and best of all - they leave a lasting impression on the kids because they learn by doing, rather than just reading or observing.


Here at Quick and Dirty Tips, the host of the popular Ask Science show, Dr. Lee Falin, not only shares fun and exciting science tips with his audience each week, but he also homeschools his 5 children! 

Mighty Mommy is thrilled to welcome Dr. Falin as a guest on the show. In this special episode, Lee will share some creative and interesting ways that you can teach your kids science in your own home without donning a white lab coat and carrying around sterile test tubes to make it happen.


Mighty Mommy: Lee, Welcome!  I’m so happy you can join us today.  When parents think of teaching science to kids, many times we have that stereotypical vision in our minds of the “Mad Scientist” wearing thick glasses and a lab coat hovering over a bunch of bubbling chemicals that are dangerous and unsafe. 

Thankfully, that’s not really the case, so I’d love it if you could share ways in which parents could introduce science to their kids in their everyday lives.

Ask Science: Thanks Cheryl! Sometimes we get so caught up with the idea of science like you mentioned (lab coats, clipboards, etc.) that we miss all of the little magic parts of life that make science actually exciting.

MM: Do you have some suggestions on how to integrate a science lesson into mealtimes?

EE: These are some of my favorites actually because first of all, you have a captive audience, and secondly all of the ingredients you need are sometimes already on the table. One fun one is to slowly fill up your cup with water until it is right to the brim, then if you slowly add a little bit more, you can see the water start to hang over the edge, but not spill. That gravity-defying ability of water is all thanks to surface tension, which is caused by special chemical bonds between water molecules called hydrogen bonds.

Another fun water demonstration (which usually follows immediately after the first one) is using a napkin to suck water up off the table. If you just set the edge of the napkin into one side of the pool, you’ll see two neat effects. First, the water will start to travel through the napkin as the napkin absorbs it. Next, if you watch the part of the pool of water furthest from the napkin, you’ll notice it slowly starts to get sucked towards the napkin. These effects are collectively called capillary action. This is the same process that plant roots use to suck water up from the ground, up their stems, and into their leaves.


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About the Author

Cheryl Butler Project Parenthood

Cheryl L. Butler was the host of the Mighty Mommy podcast for nine years from 2012 to 2021. She is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. You can reach her by email.