Posts Tagged ‘science’

Social Distance Learning Project: Ziploc Seedlings

A sprout emerges from a seed. It’s an exciting process that usually happens in the ground and out of sight – until now. Today we’ll show you how to plant a bean in a clear plastic bag so you can observe how roots form and leaves emerge before your very eyes! Video Tutorial: seedlings video…

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Social Distance Learning Project: Paper Airplanes with Targets

Folding paper airplanes is a quintessential kids’ activity, but here we are adding the additional challenge of accuracy with respect to distance. Game on! Video Tutorial: paper airplanes YOU’LL NEED: Lots of sheets of paper, a target such as a hula hoop, a laundry basket or a masked off area. Use your own airplane design…

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Social Distance Learning Project: Bubble Snakes

The best part is this is easy peasy to make and uses things that you have around the house. Perfect! Video Tutorial: bubble snake YOU’LL NEED: An empty water bottle, duct tape or an elastic band, an old sock, scissors, dish soap and a dish pan or other shallow container. DIRECTIONS: 1. Cut the bottom…

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Social Distance Learning Project: Cloud Dough

Today’s Project: Cloud Dough Video Tutorial: cloud dough This silky smooth play dough can be made in just a few minutes with stuff you already have in your house–hair conditioner and cornstarch! YOU’LL NEED: Cornstarch, hair conditioner, a large mixing bowl and food coloring (optional). DIRECTIONS: 1. Pour 2 cups of cornstarch into the mixing…

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Social Distance Learning Project: Paddle Boat Design

STEM activities for kids that involve water, like this DIY plastic paddle boat, are always a hit. After learning how to build a paddle boat, have the kids testing it out in a dish pan or sink filled with water. Or coax them to experiment with their paddle boat in a bathtub. It’s a win-win…

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Social Distance Learning Project: Color Eruptions

Today’s Project: Color Eruptions Video Tutorial: color eruptions This activity shows a chemical reaction! You’ll need: 3 different cups of vinegar each with a different food coloring, baking soda on a plate, a dropper Instructions: 1.Put some baking soda on a plate 2.Use your droppers to place different colors of vinegar onto the baking soda…

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Social Distance Learning Project: Build a Hand Crank

Simple machines are used to reduce effort (force), making a task easier to complete. Think of our bucket on the Museum’s boat raised by a pulley! Simple machines can easily be built from lots of materials, including recyclables. Using recyclables for STEAM projects is an awesome way to reuse and re-purpose common household items, so go through…

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Social Distance Learning Project: Jellybean Engineering

Building structures with marshmallows is a classic engineering project, but there are countless ways to adapt it to what you have on hand. This time around we are using jellybeans with the toothpicks. You can choose to lead your children in an activity or let them freely explore!  Video Tutorial: jellybean engineering video YOU’LL NEED:…

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Social Distance Learning Project: Build a Scale

Today’s Project: Build a Scale Video Tutorial: scale video You’ll need: a cardboard tube (toilet paper roll or paper towel roll both work), some coins, rubber band, tape, a ruler or paint mixer, items to weigh Instructions: Tape down the cardboard tube to the table/flat surface. Place the rubber band on the ruler and bring…

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Social Distance Learning Project: Spin Art

An adult needs to do some preliminary gluing, but then it’s time to turn the kids loose! This activity has a tendency to get a bit messy from all the excitement, so it’s best to put down a paint tarp to catch paint splatter. Video Tutorial: spin art YOU’LL NEED: An old CD, a marble,…

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