We were listening to an episode of Brains On!, and my six year old could barely hold in her comments and questions. I let her choose among the recent episodes, and she chose Is There Life on Other Planets? which opened with an excerpt from a science fiction story about aliens written by a kid, not too much older than my daughter.
“So this is a real story written by a real kid?” was her first question. Then we had to go to the Brains On! web site to see the young author’s alien drawings.
That was only the beginning of the speculation and discussion that the episode sparked in her. It wasn’t just the day we listened to it, either. The ideas stuck with her enough to bring it up again and again. We explored more about space in Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, which has a great spread with speculative aliens that my daughter loved.
We will definitely be listening to more of Brains On! And catching up on past episodes. I love that it features kids asking real kid questions, and I am excited to explore more science with my daughter.
Since I am always thinking about books, I already have a few books in mind for some of the other episodes:
- For Water, Water Everywhere we will check out Did a Dinosaur Drink this Water by Robert Wells and Let’s Drink Some Water by Ruth Walton.
- The Soil–Can You Dig It episode fits well with A Handful of Dirt by Raymond Bial.
- In How Do You Catch a Cold? there is talk of sneezes; Explore more in Sneeze! by Alexandra Siy.
- If you listen to Is There Life on Other Planets? with kids a bit older than my six year old, you can direct them to The Alien Hunter’s Handbook by Mark Brake for more about what life is and how to find it.
Happy listening, reading, and exploring!
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