5 Awesome Solar System Educational Apps

These 5 STEM educational apps make studying space awesome for elementary and middle school kids. Our family has tried a lot of different apps (my oldest child loves anything that combines technology with the subject he’s learning about) and we’ll tell you what keeps us coming back to these five.  I am thrilled to be partnering with StoneOak Media, makers of the Rockwell Adventures Solar System...

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Cool Experiments: Balloons and Fire

Can you pop a balloon with fire? Of course! Can you NOT pop a balloon, even though it is nearly touching fire? Yes! We love cool experiments and this one is so easy to set up. Watch this quick video to see what supplies you will need and what happens when you hold an air-filled balloon over a candle flame, followed by a water-filled balloon.  Did you see that? The balloon with air popped fairly quickly but the balloon with water...

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Book Activities for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

If you haven’t gotten your hands on The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate or the sequel,  The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly, stop reading this right now and go get them. I’ll wait. It really is that critical. My kids have proclaimed these two books their favorite read alouds ever, and that says something because I have read a lot of books out loud to them in my 11 years of parenting and our 6 years of...

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YouTube Art Lessons for Kids

Everyone knows that you can literally learn anything on YouTube.  Using YouTube Art Channels as an educational resource is a great way to shape your child’s exposure to art history and to grow their skills. It’s like amazing and free art lessons. Yay!  Here’s our Art Channel list for kids, already screened for the stuff you don’t want kids to be exposed to on YouTube, such as...

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Cool Science Experiments ~ Back Yard Animal Tracking Station

Find out what kind of animals come through your yard at night. You might be surprised at who your nocturnal and early morning visitors are. We love cool science experiments! This one can be done any time of the year.  We decided to add this to our list of fun Summer Science Experiments. This can certainly be done in the winter as snow is a wonderful way to capture animal prints.  Supplies A sheet of...

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STEM Activities for Kids: How strong is a piece of paper?

We love fun and easy STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) activities. This engineering challenge activity can be done by young kids and older kids alike and uses what you already have on hand–no need to buy any supplies. We are going to test the strength of paper, folded in differently  shaped columns, by piling books on top. This is very similar to how columns are used to support buildings and other structures....

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