Activities PreK to Grade 3

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Salsa: Spanish for Children

SALSA is a series of videos that blends puppets, animation, live action and music to create a unique experience for first-time learners of Spanish language and culture.

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Bumblebee Bonanza

Take a trip outdoors and spend some time observing bee behavior. Learn how to be safe when watching bees while learning about these amazing insects.

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Coding with Peanut Butter & Jelly

Learn the basics of coding with this fun video in which Valerie Brock builds a PB&J. Children are then encouraged to solve fun, simple coding sequence puzzles.

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Pattern Power

Can you follow the code? Work with you child on pattern recognition in this interactive activity in which you create a pattern with cutout shapes and have them replicate it.

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Our Favorite Day

Watch a reading of the book Our Favorite Day by Joowon Oh. Then share and draw some of your favorite days together.

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Family Sharing

Families share many things, but does that include germs? Discover if drinking straight from the milk carton really does leave backwash behind in this fun at home experiment.

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Arthur – All About Community: Making a Difference

Learn with Arthur and friends on how to make a difference in your community and connect with your neighbors.

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First Day of School Sign

Celebrate the first day of school by completing this poster! Keep it in a scrapbook to see the changes over the years.

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Watch a Seed Grow

Use fast-growing seeds in this experiment, and you and your child can closely monitor all of the stages of growth a seed experiences!

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Dancing Raisins Experiment
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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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Create a Yup’ik Dance Fan

Explore an Alaska Native dance tradition with your child by making a Yup’ik dance fan together.

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Make Your Own Mathroom

This Odd Squad craft supports fine motor skills while learning about operating with numbers and introducing children to fractions.

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Simple Sorting at Home

Turn everyday tasks into math activities.

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Back to School

These back to school-themed activity sheets allow children to choose their own learning adventures.

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Foam Fountain

Create a fantastic foaming fountain with a few household ingredients!

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Creating Routines

It’s always a good time for children to brush up on everyday routines like greeting friends, picking up toys, and getting ready for bed. This collection is filled with tips and ideas!

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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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Reading and Sharing Stories

Words can take you anywhere! Use the activities in this collection to help build literacy skills and create and share family stories.

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Investigating Animals

Crawl like an ant, jump like a frog, and gallop like a horse!

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Magnificent Mimicry

How do Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators?

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Experiment With Walking Water

This fun science activity introduces basic concepts of physics and gravity.

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Flashlight Constellations

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

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Exploring Space

Travel to the moon and beyond with these activities all about space.

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Virtual Summer Camp

WPSU Virtual Summer Camp

This summer your family can go on adventures to continents around the world and expeditions right in your backyard.

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Watch a Seed Grow

Explore the Stages of Seed Growth.

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Being a Good Friend & Neighbor

There are lots of things kids can do to celebrate neighbors and friends.

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Sharing Your Creativity

Spark creativity as you explore all of these games and activities!

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Magnificent Mimicry

How do Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators?

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Observing Nature

Enjoy a variety of activities all about nature with PBS KIDS Summer of Possibilities

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Family Traditions Bingo

Learn how sharing our family traditions helps us to respect the diversity of our community.

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Pattern Power

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

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Watch a Seed Grow

Explore the Stages of Seed Growth

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Plant a Terrarium

A terrarium is a micro-environment: moisture evaporates, then condensates and falls back down (just like rain) in an enclosed glass container. Bring the great outdoors inside!

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Yoga for Kids

Practice these meditative breathing exercises meant to help you focus, relax, and feel energized.

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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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Moon Landing Game

With a “rocket”, brain power, and teamwork, you’ll be blasting off with fun playing this game!

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Flashlight Constellations

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

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Dancing Raisins

Turn on some tunes and discover how raisins bust a move!

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The Butterfly/La Mariposa

This Mexican folktale that explains why butterflies do not live in houses and why they migrate. Story told in Spanish and English.

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Magnificent Mimicry

How do Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators?

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Your Child’s a Poet, and Here’s How to Show It

Develop children’s literacy skills by reading and writing poetry.

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Watch a Seed Grow

Use fast-growing seeds in this experiment, and you and your child can closely monitor all of the stages of growth a seed experiences!

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Create Leaf and Bark Art

Take a walk around your neighborhood and look at the trees you see in a new way!

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Flashlight Constellations

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

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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.

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My Five Senses

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

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Backwash

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

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Meet the Helpers Collection

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

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Watch a Seed Grow

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

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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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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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Dental Decay

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

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Finding Math in Everyday Places

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Using Emojis to Express Emotions

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

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Heart Apple Chips

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

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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.

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Homemade Snow Globes

A homemade snow globe is a childhood must!  

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Is a Bubble Always Round?

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

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Train Game

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

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What Makes Food Coloring Dance in Milk?

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

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Make your own Magnifying Glass

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

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Your Vote Counts!

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

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Oobleck

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

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Ice Towers

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

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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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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!

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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.

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Building Self Confidence with Goal Setting

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

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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.

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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.

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Word Machine Game

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

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Simple Sorting at Home

Turn everyday tasks into math activities.

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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.

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Flashlight Constellations

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

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Harvest Shakers

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

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Backwash

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

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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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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.

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Kindness BINGO

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

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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?

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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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Interactive Storybook: The Election Problem

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

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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.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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PBS Kids Website

Watch the PBS KIDS livestream. Find games and activities from all of your favorite PBS KIDS shows including Xavier Riddle, Hero Elementary, Daniel Tiger, and more!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 3

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