Sound Waves: DIY Musical Instruments

There are so many natural ways to make sounds and learn about the vibrations that bring music to our ears.  With these 3 simple projects, your kids can make their own musical instruments using items found in your own kitchen!

Answering the “Whys”: Learn About Tornados and Air Pressure

In this set of activities, kids will make a mini tabletop tornado and demonstrate the power of air pressure. These are best for kids over 3 (my 3-1/2-yr-old thought everything was really cool), though the tornado tube may provide some entertainment for tiny scientists as well!

The Titanic Game! (Buoyancy with Aluminum Foil Boats)

This game is great to do on a playdate or family day. Kids will learn about what makes things float and sink, practice counting, and use creativity and fine motor skills. Younger preschoolers may need assistance with the initial construction piece, but all ages (moms and dads too!) will have fun building and sinking their boats!

Hot Wheels Crash Test Dummy Part II – Test a Hypothesis

Making a hypothesis and recording data are steps in the Scientific Method (I know at least half of my readers are probably groaning or cringing when they read this phrase!). But listen, the Scientific Method is what most standardized testing for our students is based around to get them ready for the Science portion of the ACT. The ACT/SAT may seem far off for your 5-yr-old… but imagine how great it would be if your kid starts school already feeling comfortable with science terms and using a scientific approach to problem solving!

Hot Wheels Crash Test Dummy Part I – Inertia

“For the LAST TIME, I told you to stop unbuckling your seatbelt!”
Yes, parents, I know all too well the anxiety of looking in the rearview mirror while careening down the highway only to see your smiling child has undone their seatbelt yet again. And you wish you could send your Go-Go-Gadget retractable arm back there to secure them, but you can’t… because 1) that sadly doesn’t exist, and 2) you are in charge of making sure your high speed vehicle doesn’t crash into that truck in front of you. ARGH! If only your small child could understand the DANGERS of unbuckling their seatbelt!
So let’s put that bin of Hot Wheels cars to some good use and experiment with INERTIA!

Tabletop Hovercraft

You know how you spend a bunch of money on a fancy toy and your toddler¬†plays with it for 2 days then loses interest… but then they will never get tired of the empty Kleenex box? Then you will love this activity! This is such an easy and exciting project to do inside on a…