When I was a kid, I did all sorts of infuriating things. I caught small critters and tried to store them in shoe boxes in my room. I took apart the telephones (yep, plural) but couldn't quite get them put back together. I rigged a set up with pullies and levers in order to be able to turn my bedroom lights on and off without leaving my bed (some drywall may have been harmed in the construction of this apparatus). When I look back now, it seems to me that all of these "adventures" were my way of "doing science". Lucky for me, I never outgrew the desire to play like this. And the odds are fairly good if you are reading this blog that you haven't stopped loving science either.
I don't really know when kids start loving science. But it seems to me that a lot of kids start deciding that they don't like school some time in the grades 3-5 range (based on random experiences talking to kids). Which brings me to the point: PLEASE visit my Donors Choose giving page and help fund some of the projects you find there. If you are not familiar with Donors Choose, this is an organization where teachers request materials for their classrooms and you choose projects that you like and can give money to help the teachers get what they need. Every donation, no matter how small, helps. I picked a few projects that I think could be great to keep kids interested in playing with science.
Please head over there and donate a couple of dollars to help these teachers out. Let's all help give these kids a chance to stay enamored with science. Thanks!