My son, Cory, loves to make paper airplanes and helicopters. He can make about nine different designs on his own. After making the airplanes, he likes to go outside and fly them. He challenges himself by trying to catch the planes after releasing them. If you have a child with similar interests, then this post may be a treat for you. We are going to show you how to do an easy straw activity for kids. This is a fun paper airplane alternative for kids.
This activity is called the Straw Glider. Below is what you need…
You most likely have all the items above in your home currently. It will take you about ten minutes to build from start to finish. It is the perfect straw activity for kids.
You can fly this Straw Glider like a paper airplane. It is best to fly outdoors. This STEAM/STEM activity is perfect for preschoolers, kindergarten, elementary students and up.
In the video below, we show you step by step how to make it. You will see Cory outside flying the Straw Glider. The video comes from my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please subscribe if you like what you see.
Today we have a super easy activity that will amaze your kids. We will show you how to make puffy soap. We call it Soap Soufflé!
Your children will watch soap go from a solid bar to a puffy substance. The fascinating part about this experiment is that it requires a certain brand of soap. There is a reason why this particular brand of soap works for this activity. We reveal the mystery in the video below.
Summer is here! It is such an exciting time for kids to play outside. My son loves playing in the water to cool off in 80 and 90 degree weather. Therefore, when I saw the water sprinkler project, I thought he would enjoy it. Today we will show you how to make a water sprinkler, which is an easy STEM project for kids.
Recently my son and I have gone to the pool and played with his water guns. It is good exercise for me to run and dodge his water attacks. I thought doing the water sprinkler would be a great connection to my son’s summer activities involving playing outdoors in water.
You mostly likely have all the the materials for this project at home. Below is what’s needed….
Your child will learn about Newton’s third law of motion, which says that every force has an equal and opposite re-force. When kids spin the sprinkler, they will see water fly out its opening. They will be amazed at how this works.
Below is video showing you step-by-step how to do this easy STEM project for kids. It gives an explanation of how the water sprinkler works. The video comes from my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like and subscribe if you enjoy it.
My son, Cory, likes to choose desserts in cook books and make them from scratch. In the past we have made snow cones, brownies, and a carrot cake. The learning that happens while cooking is invaluable. There is so much science and math while cooking. We even incorporate literacy because my son reads the recipe while we make the dessert.
In my opinion making soda is not really cooking. It is about mixing things together. However, the great thing about making this soda is you don’t need a machine. You will mix the ingredients by using a spoon.
Although soda is not the most healthy drink for kids, it is a nice treat once in a while.
Summer is officially here. The days are full of bright sun light. This means it can get extremely hot. The best way to cool down is to drink water. However, another way is to eat ice cream. Below we will show you how to make easy homemade ice cream without a machine.
This science activity is a fun cooking chemistry experiment for kids. This ice cream is made in a baggie (we call it a sandwich bag). This project is one of the best edible experiments you can eat.
My son, Cory, was excited about doing this project. He was amazed at how easy and fast it was to make the ice cream. When he first tasted it, Cory gave me two thumbs up.
Most likely you have all the ingredients in your home.
You will see that it is fun to learn how to make easy homemade ice cream without a machine. The video below shows you step-by-step how to do it. It comes from my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures.
This upcoming weekend is very special. It is Father’s Day! It is a time to celebrate the wonderful dads in our lives. My son loves doing special projects with his dad. They spend time doing fun things like fishing, gardening, biking, etc. This year we are making my husband his favorite dessert from scratch. We also wanted to share a fun and simple Father’s Day art and craft project your kids can do for their dads.
It is a DIY project that incorporates science because you are combining kitchen ingredients such as flour and water to make puffy paint. It is a simple activity that kids will not forget. My son, Cory, did this Father’s Day art and craft project for his dad in under 10 minutes.
When making puffy paint, many times shaving cream is required. However, there is no need for shaving cream in this project!
My son decided to make a puffy heart for his dad. However, your child can make any drawing they like with the colors of their choice.
The video below shows you step-by-step how to make the puffy paint project. It comes from my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like and subscribe if you enjoy what you see.
A few weeks ago, my son and I grew butterflies. It was a magical experience. They came to us as caterpillars and we let them go at Painted Lady Butterflies. My son, Cory, loved the project so much, he wanted to learn the lifecycle of another animal. After doing a search, we found that we could grow ladybugs. We found that this is definitely a fun educational project for kids.
Watch the short video below to see our process for growing ladybugs
We used the Insect Lore Ladybug Land kit for this project. It was interesting to learn the lifecycle of ladybugs. The soon to be ladybugs arrived as larvae. About a week later they turned into pupae. Then one morning we work up and saw them as ladybugs. After feeding and observing them for a few days, we released them into the world.
We encourage you to try this fun educational project for kids. If you are looking for fun things to do with kids at home, then this is the activity for you. This fun STEM project can be done by preschoolers and up. It is a wonderful insect activity that your children will never forget.
Fun Educational Project for Kids
Below is a short video showing you how we grew the ladybugs. It comes from my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please subscribe if you like what you see.
Summer will be here soon! This is a time when most kids are out of school. Parents are looking for fun and safe activities to keep their kids busy. In my opinion, nothing beats going outside to the playground or splashing in the pool. However, some days kids may have to stay in because of rain. We have a fun paper activity for boys and girls that can be done during these times. It is called the paper banger!
A paper banger is paper that pops loudly when it is moved quickly in a certain way.
It is an easy paper craft for children. We teach you step-by-step how to make the paper banger in the video below. Your kids will learn this awesome trick by folding paper. Additionally, they will learn the science of why this paper banger pops loudly.
You only need one item for this fun paper activity for boys and girls…
Animals are a fun subject for kids to learn about in school and at home. In fact, animals was one way my oldest son became interested in reading books. His favorite book as a baby was Brown Bear Brown Bear by Eric Carle. While reading this book, I would make the story come alive by doing the animal sounds in the book. Today, he still loves animals so, we decided to play a fun animal groups for kids game.
Being exposed to animal classification is a wonderful science and math lesson for kids. They learn how to observe animal characteristics and place them in categories. Children are also exposed to the diversity of living organisms on earth. Classification helps kids to learn about animal features and their similarities and differences
I decided to use a game for our animal classification lesson because it highly motivates my son. He is competitive and loves to win. Furthermore, games incorporate three of the five senses which are hearing, touching, and seeing. This helps my son gain a deeper understanding of the material.
In order to make this fun animal groups for kids game more exciting, we used his toy, Boom City Toy Car Set. In this game, you earn points for putting animals in the correct category and having the fastest car. As you will see in the video below, we had a blast playing this game.
We encourage you to watch the video with your kids. They will learn how to classify three types of animals in a fun way.
The video comes from my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. It has science experiments, DIY projects, and learning games. Please subscribe to the channel if you like what you see.
Many children get the letters confused , which is understandable. I remember getting the lowercase b and d mixed up during a writing assignment in the first grade. Our teacher hung those writing assignments on the wall. I still remember being embarrassed that the letter d was where b should have been. Every day, I wanted to take the paper down.
Corban has fond memories of learning the alphabet. When my baby boy was born, Corban wanted to write an alphabet book to help his younger brother and other kids learn the letters in a fun way. I was deeply touched by his desire and decided to help him achieve this goal.
Corban worked on the book,Alexander’s Hide and Seek Alphabet, for six months. He took the lead on the whole process from writing and critiquing the illustrations to approving the cover and marketing the book. While there are many alphabet books out there, this book has a different spin.
In the short video below, my son will tell you more about his book
Alphabet Book with a FUN MEMORY TRICK
Alexander’s Hide and Seek Alphabet uses a learning technique called the “Loci Method” to help kids learn and review the alphabet. The Loci Method is a memory tool which connects the information kids want to remember with places they know well. We used Alexander’s home in this book because children know their living spaces very well. Additionally, we used familiar household items to make it easier for children to find what they are seeking.
In order to make the Loci method fun for kids, we incorporated the game, Hide and Seek. We encourage you to take this book with you while walking through your home to find each item in this book. Have your child identify the beginning letter and sound of the item. For example, when you find an apple in your home, encourage your child to pick it up, say “apple” and its phonetic sound “ah”.
If you don’t have something named in this book, find an alternative in your home. Make up your own Alphabet Hide and Seek Game and play with your child.
Your child will be amazed that they could find so many things that start with each letter of the alphabet in their own home.
Have fun playing, learning, and reading this alphabet book for preschoolers and up!
Click the image below to access the book on Amazon