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Oobleck

Can something be both a solid and a liquid?

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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.

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Exploding Baggies

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

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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.

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Magnificent Mimicry

How do Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators?

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13 Children’s Books for Celebrating Fall

As we say goodbye to summer, let’s share the wonders of autumn with these 13 fall-themed children’s books.

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Mason Jar Whipped Cream

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

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Make a Recipe Book

Molly of Denali loves cooking, and has created a recipe book with some of her favorite recipes. Print them out and try them, and then add some of your own. 

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Does Backwash really happen?

Does saliva really wash back into the milk carton from your mouth when you take a drink? Test it for yourself using powdered drink mix and see what happens!

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Meet the Helpers

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

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Simple Sorting at Home

Use this activity to help your child notice differences, follow simple directions, sort objects, and identify patterns. These are important steps for data collection and analysis – which are a part of the scientific method!

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Make a Book About Friends Activity

Young children are learning what it means to be a friend. Making a book can help children learn about friendships and what it means to have and be a friend.

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Oobleck

Can something be both a solid and a liquid?

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You’ll Feel Better Again Jar

Use this activity to talk with your child and find out about the activities that make them feel better.

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STEM Teaching Tips for Parents

You can do this! Inspire kids to learn about science with these tips and tricks.

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Back to School Checklists

Help students prepare for the year ahead with these checklists for back to school and learning at home.

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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!  

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Spina-ma-Jigger

Your child can use sight and sound to explore the properties of different materials in this set of 8 games from The Cat in the Hat. 

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Magnificent Mimicry

How do Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators?

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I Spy!

The next time you’re on the road or waiting for a meal, give these classic hidden object games a mathematical twist

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 Flashlight Constellations

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

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Experience the Weather With Your Senses

When you are out and about, invite your child to feel how warm or cool it is, feel the wind on her skin, listen for the rain or wind and smell the air.  (There is no link for this one! Try it!)

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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? Try this experiment to learn how!

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Colorful Flower Garden Art

Make a colorful flower garden masterpiece with your child by stamping flowers with different objects found throughout your house.

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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!    

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Walking Water

With just a few ingredients, your child will be able to see water “walk” up paper towels then down into an empty jar.  

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Exploding Baggies

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

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Paper Plate Aquarium

Feeling a little bummed out that you can’t go on you beach vacation this summer? Use paper plates to bring the magic of an ocean to your own home!    

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Oobleck

Explore, oobleck, a Non-Newtonian fluid or solution that changes its state of matter under pressure! It’s easy to make and super fun to play with. Try it!    

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Pushes and Pulls

Use these activities with your young child to explore pushes and pulls in your world!    

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 Pattern Power 

Practice creating and replicating patterns—an important math skill—with this simple activity.

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Arthur Conflict Resolution

Play Pretend to Resolve Conflicts

Sometimes we do things that scare others or make them mad — and sometimes we get scared or mad, too. Let’s practice using our words to say we’re sorry to explain why we are upset.

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Magnificent Mimicry

Did you know Monarchs taste bitter to predators, so Viceroys look like them for protection? Try this experiment to explore mimicry!

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Fruit and Veggie Caterpillars

Does your child love all things nature? Add some friendly insects to your backyard party invite list by assembling these tasty fruit and vegetable snacks that look like caterpillars.

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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? Try this experiment to learn how!

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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!

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Flashlight Constellations

In this activity, your child can learn more about several well-known constellations as you talk about the stories and science behind them.

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Family Time Hosted by Pinkalicious

Gather your family around for this game hosted by Pinkalicious that you can all play together!

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Pattern Power

Practice creating and replicating patterns—an important math skill—with this simple activity.

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See How Shadows Work

You use math every day, sometimes without even realizing it. Try this activity in your backyard and discover the secret of shadows. Why does their length change throughout the day?

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Dancing Raisins

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

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Exploring Emotions with Daniel Tiger

Watch Daniel Tiger explore his own and his friends’ emotions, then make these cute and easy dolls with your children as a way to teach them about emotions.

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Magnificent Mimicry

Mimicry occurs when a plant or animal looks like another species to help it survive. Try this experiment to explore how Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators!

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Planting a Garden

Spring is a time to look for plants growing in your yard, and maybe even plant some of your own. After watching Nature Cat, help Daisy decide what to plant in her garden with this printable activity.

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PBS Kids Website

Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts, and other PBS KIDS shows!

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WPSU Games for PreK-2

Educational games by WPSU for kids up to Grade 2.

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