Your kids go to school all day long. How much of that learning is hands on though? If your kid is anything like mine, he craves learning opportunities where he can get his hands dirty, really get up close and personal with every part of it. As parents, we all want to give our kids that edge and love of learning. What we don’t want is a lot of extra work trying to come up with egg-citing ways to get them interested. Chickens are one way I get my kid learning about science and so much more. Not to mention, enjoying tasty eggs!!
Please note: This post is sponsored by Bayer and the Making Science Make Sense initiative. The love of chickens is 100% mine.
Don’t Be Chicken When It Comes To Science
I was on the fence about getting chickens in the first place. I won’t lie. My son was great at convincing me how much we needed some. I took this as an opportunity for him to learn so much everyday and earn the responsibility! Now I don’t know how I would live without my 20 precious babies!! (You don’t need that many! 2-4 is perfect for a home coop!)
According to the 2016 Bayer Back to School Survey: Parents say their top source of ideas for keeping their children interested in science are blogs and websites (49%)( so here I am trying to inspire you), and nearly a third (32%) are inspired by the science behind everyday activities(Like raising chickens and eating eggs right?!)
Reasons Why You Should Raise Chickens
They don’t need a ton of room-2-3 square feet inside the henhouse and 4-5 square feet outside.
They are pretty inexpensive to care for.
They make great friends while providing lifelong memories.
EGGS!! ALL THE EGGS!
The science related learning opportunities are endless.
The Science Behind Raising Chickens
Congrats you’re a mama-What do baby chicks need to grow?
Ages and stages! How long does it take for a chicken to lay an egg?
No, they don’t “poop” them out—Where does the egg come from?
We’re not talking easter eggs! Why are some chicken eggs different colors?
Grit, oyster shells and pellets, oh my! What do chickens eat? What should they not eat?
Which predators do you need to keep your chickens safe from?
Why food grade diatomaceous earth and the deep litter method are perfect for the coop!
Design your own coop! Don’t forget space for those nesting boxes!
What are the parts of an egg? Why is it nutritious for us to eat?
Chicken treats!! How do you grow a mealworm colony?
Can you train chickens to come when they are called?
You and your child can learn all of the above things and more about the science of chickens and so much more! The possibilities are endless.
More Ways To Encourage STEM At Home!
Turn bread baking into a delicious lesson on how yeast works!
Turn tending a vegetable garden into a lesson on backyard ecosystem!
Teach the science behind shimmery colors and why your skin loves moisturizing lotion!
Turn bath time into an experiment to learn why some things float and some don’t!
Get even more tips to encourage science at home on the Making Science Make Sense site! It’s so much fun! We all just need a little reminder in this always busy world!
(Goldie loves to sneak inside. Oops!)
What is holding you back from teaching your kids STEM based ideas beyond the classroom? What activities are you already doing to encourage science at home? Tell us in the comments!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bayer and the Making Science Make Sense initiative. Your experience may differ from ours. All opinions are 100% mine.