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Flashlight Constellations

Learn about the stories and science behind some well-known constellations.

Creating Special Times for Everyone

Setting up a comfortable space and doing activities that bring out each child’s strengths can create special times in helping a child with autism.

My Five Senses

Teacher Sabrin Abedin reads the book, “My Five Senses,” by Aliki.

Backwash

All about taste! Does saliva really wash back into the milk carton from your mouth when you take a drink?

Meet the Helpers Collection

The Meet the Helpers toolkit is designed to introduce “helpers” and explain the role they play in emergency situations.

Watch a Seed Grow

It is garden season! Try this experiment to see how a seed grows underground.

Coping with Feeling Left Out

Using imaginary play, you can help your child work through the disappointment of being excluded — and learn how to include others!

Sink or Float?

This easy science activity can be done anywhere you can put a container of water. Try it in your backyard, the bathtub, or the kitchen sink!

Tissue Paper Flower Bowl

This craft is great for a wide range of ages, and is perfect for Mother’s Day or to create as a fun spring craft!

Is a Bubble Always Round?

See how our Science-U campers did it, then try it yourself with step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable handout.

Amelia Earhart Reader

Print and fold this 2-page biosketch about Amelia Earhart into a booklet! Then discover other famous women with the Xavier Riddle Collection.

Dental Decay

Try it yourself with our step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable support materials.

Finding Math in Everyday Places

In her exuberant way, Peg (and her side-kick Cat), reminds us that we are surrounded by math!

Can Something Be Both a Solid and a Liquid?

Try it yourself with step by step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable student handout.

Can Something Be Both a Solid and a Liquid?

Try it yourself with step by step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable student handout.

Black History BINGO

Identifying contributions of people, past and present is important. We learn to celebrate individuals and the part they play in our lives.

The Hamburger Game

The Hamburger Game helps students practice attentive reading by choosing the main idea—or “meat”—from a passage of text and dragging it to the center of a sandwich.

Using Emojis to Express Emotions

These yellow faces are everywhere these days, and a familiar language to our little ones.

Heart Apple Chips

A crunchy, sweet Valentine’s Day treat that won’t earn your kids a trip to the dentist!

What Makes Food Coloring Dance in Milk?

Try it yourself with our step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable support materials.

Homemade Snow Globes

A homemade snow globe is a childhood must!

 

Is a Bubble Always Round?

Try it yourself with step-by-step instructions and guided scientific questions available in the downloadable handout.

Train Game

This train cannot travel down an uncompleted track! Choose the correct words to complete the sentence and get the train moving.

What Makes Food Coloring Dance in Milk?

When food coloring and soap are added to whole milk, strange things happen. Why?

Make your own Magnifying Glass

Magnify the fun with a closer look at the world through a homemade magnifying glass.

Your Vote Counts!

Video reading of the book Your Vote Counts! and a classroom lesson plan for discussing campaigning, voting, and democracy.

Oobleck

Explore Non-Newtonian fluids – solutions that change their state of matter under pressure!

Ice Towers

Sneak in some science with these fun ice towers. Simply place them outside to freeze.

Dancing Raisins

Learn about density and displacement with this fun, easy experiment. Turn on some tunes and discover how raisins bust a move!

Encouraging Curiosity With Elinor Wonders Why

Elinor and her friends have fun engaging with plants, animals, and nature, asking simple but probing questions to figure out why and how things work – early STEM skills!

Exploring Hot and Cold Changes

Will a solid material melt? Can you change it back to solid again? Investigate what happens when you heat solid materials and then cool the materials.

Building Self Confidence with Goal Setting

Help your child set a goal and work towards achieving it.

ScratchJr

Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.

Make Your Own Thank You Cards

With your help, have your child think about someone who has done something nice or helpful for them. Talk about how one of the ways we can show we’re thankful is by giving thank you cards.

Word Machine Game

By matching sounds to letters, your child can make the Word Machine function.

Simple Sorting at Home

Turn everyday tasks into math activities.

Make a Kwanzaa Card with Elmo

Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal.

Flashlight Constellations

Learn about the stories and science behind some well-known constellations.

Harvest Shakers

Make it then shake it! Create two to make a musical duo and have twice the fun.

Backwash

Does backwash really happen? Experiment around the Thanksgiving table to find out!

Mason Jar Whipped Cream

Whip liquid cream into a solid with this easy and delicious kitchen science activity!

Who is Molly of Denali?

Molly of Denali can be your personal guide to learning about Alaskan natives, the Alaskan wilderness, and as a bonus, literacy skills! Check out her podcast.

Kindness BINGO

Pick a day or a week, and see who in your family can fill out their Kindness BINGO card first!

How do plants “drink” water?

You may know that you have to water plants to keep them alive, but how do plants get water from the soil into the parts they need?

Popsicle Stick Explosion

Woven popsicle sticks are a blend of art, math, science and just enough mischief to make it an engineering feat of awesomeness!

Interactive Storybook: The Election Problem

In this interactive storybook your child can watch and count along as the chickens vote for their favorite candidate.

Oobleck

Can something be both a solid and a liquid?

What is Race? Having the Conversation With Young Children

Families should be talking more about race. Dr. Aisha White talks about what race is and how to discuss it with young children.

Exploding Baggies

Combine a liquid and a solid and watch the chemical reaction that’s BIGGER than the components themselves!

Fun Time Spinners

Sometimes parents need children to play quietly while they work or take a break. Create a Fun Time Spinner with activities your child can do alone. Make a second spinner filled with family-friendly activities you can do as a family after work or on the weekends.