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Paper Towers – Kids Science Project and S.T.E.M. Challenge

This is a very simple engineering activity that uses trash to make a cool project. Grace did it once a few months ago at the Girls in STEM workshop at a local science center, and she loved it. I’m sure your kids will love it, too. Grab a big stack of scrap paper and get started. (We keep a box for scrap paper – papers where one side has been printed on, usually for contracts, misprints, calendars, and the like.) Paper Tower Materials A roll of masking tape A stack of 8.5″x11″ paper – We used plain white typing paper, but … Read more

What Shape is Strongest? – Kids Science Experiment

Sometimes, science experiments can look a whole lot like playing, and there is nothing at all wrong with that. This science experiment is exactly that, a lot of playing with a science explanation. There is quite a bit of prep work for this one, but it is easy, and you can get the kids involved. The question behind this experiment is which shape is the strongest? So kids can get really creative and arrange their shapes in any number of ways, and the goal is to support the heaviest possible object. Grace tried exactly one arrangement, and it supported a 2-pound … Read more

Super Science Summer – Summer Activities for Smart Kids

Things have been a little quiet around here. Partly, it’s been because I am working full-time and started a new business (I just can’t help myself.) selling Usborne Books. I love Usborne Books so much, and it was a natural fit for me. You know, because I have all this spare time. I digress. Anyway, I wanted to give you a little preview of what I have been working on when I’m not selling books or working at my real job. It’s the SUPER SCIENCE SUMMER. I am SO EXCITED about this. Seriously. Super Science Summer has a different science activity … Read more

Pumpkin Science & Math – A Printable Lesson Plan for the Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary Classroom or Homeschool

Fun pumpkin lesson plans for kids - Awesome unit plans for teaching about the math and science of pumpkins in preschool, kindergarten, or even 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade. Includes a book list, experiment, investigation, and activities for math, science, literacy, and other connections. Perfect for fall unit study or theme.

    Last week, Strite’s Farm Store (the local orchard and farm market that we frequent, year round) had about twenty different kinds of pumpkins, gourds, and squash. I had to pace myself not to buy one of every single variety, just for fun. I was thinking that pumpkins would make great, seasonally appropriate science lessons and that Grace would enjoy investigating all different kinds of pumpkins to see how they’re alike and different. I purchased a Hubbard squash, a neck pumpkin, 2 big old jack-o-lantern pumpkins (because Grace wanted one for carving and I wanted one for investigating), a … Read more