Friday, July 15, 2011

How to get kids interested in science while on vacation in Hawaii

A vacation to Hawaii can be relaxing and fun, but for children, can also be extremely educational. Why is this? Well, Hawaii is the most isolated island chain in the world. From an evolutionary standpoint, this has had some unique consequences for the species that have evolved here. As a visitor, what this means for you and your kids, is that about one fourth of the wildlife that you will encounter on your visit is found nowhere else in the world. Children are especially excited to see and learn about new wildlife. Why not take advantage of this unique learning opportunity to get your children excited about science while on vacation.

What is the best way to do this without your kids even knowing what is going on? First, take advantage of the crystal clear waters and coral reefs by taking your kids snorkeling. They will be excited to see all the colorful fish and will probably start to ask questions about what they saw.

Second, arm yourself with a fish identification guide especially made for kids. The Complete Hawaiian Reef Fish Coloring Book is written and illustrated by a local author and will teach your kids all about the different fish they just saw. They can also get creative by coloring them in. Let them browse through the book to learn about their anatomy, feeding habits and coloration before going snorkeling at another location.

Can’t vacation in Hawaii this year? The Complete Hawaiian Reef Fish Coloring Book also includes species that are found in other tropical locations around the globe. Have a family night reading about the different fish and coloring them in. This book is being used in classrooms across the country to teach children about the importance of coral reefs and the fish that live there. The Complete Hawaiian Reef Fish Coloring Book is also great for home schooling and summer learning programs and is available on the Lucid Publishing Website


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