I try and do fun, and instructional stuff with my girls. Some of the time, this is structured, i.e. we go to some historic place (which I try and make more interesting by explaining why it’s relevant to them (it’s easier around here since there are a lot of historical things tied to our ancestors, or a museum (hint – give them a pad of paper and let them draw what they find interesting), but lately I’ve been trying to make stuff with them and show them basic scientific principles. Part of this is because I want them to see how things work, and part of it is because I get to do fun stuff too!
I recently read “Made By Hand,” by Mark Frauenfelder. It’s about his journey to make more things and be more present in the things that he has, eats and learns. Mark has girls, that doesn’t stop him from including them in his adventures to make stuff. Check out this great video, (click on the image below to watch the video from Dark Rye) then go out and make stuff.