How to be a “little scientist”
Maria Montessori believed that all children behave like “little scientists” because they’re eager to observe and make “what if” discoveries about their world.
What if I throw these pebbles? (They make a fun sound when they fall to the ground.) What if I throw this ball? (Mummy throws it back.) What if I throw a bowl of homemade fish pie on the floor? (Mummy swears under her breath and tells Daddy to get the wet wipes and a packet of Ella’s Kitchen.)
I got to watch the Popple be a proper little scientist at the Glasgow Science Centre recently.
Guys, this place is the s**t.
The Glasgow Science Centre didn’t pay me to review them. If they had, I probably would have come up with a more professional way to describe the awesomeness that is this museum. It’s like the best soft play centre ever, but with added learning.
Not that the Popple gets any of the science stuff yet. To be honest, some of it is over my head too. Whenever my brain tries to wrap itself around an abstract scientific concept, it tends to circle it a few times before abandoning it to return to pondering concepts for new reality TV shows. It came up with one around 4am the other night that involved Kanye West having to live like a normal person – earn a middle-class salary, shop at Walmart, take the bus, eat store-brand baked beans, that kind of thing. I don’t think I’d actually want to watch it, but I feel like that guy could use a reality check.
It didn’t matter that the Popple was too young to understand that every exhibit is designed to teach you something. All she knew was that I had taken her to a big space and she was allowed to touch EVERYTHING. It’s the exact opposite of her other favourite place, Morrisons, which is also full of bright colours and lots of textures, but Mummy gets mad when she wants to grab every single vegetable on display.
The Glasgow Science Centre displays are designed for grabbing, swiping and slapping. It’s enough to turn even the most humanities-brained adult into a little scientist.
“What happens if I do this?” I asked over and over again, as I pushed buttons and spun things and turned knobs.
I’ll tell you what happened.
SCIENCE. And it was great.