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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.

Magnificent Mimicry

How do Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators?

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.

Mason Jar Whipped Cream

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

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. 

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!

Meet the Helpers

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

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!

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.

Oobleck

Can something be both a solid and a liquid?

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.

STEM Teaching Tips for Parents

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

Back to School Checklists

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

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!

 

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. 

Magnificent Mimicry

How do Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators?

I Spy!

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

 Flashlight Constellations

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

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!)

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!

Colorful Flower Garden Art

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

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!

 

 

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.

 

Exploding Baggies

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

 

 

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!