How To Make A Catapult Easy – Fun Activity for Kids

One day during snack time, I saw my son, Cory, put a spoon on the edge of his plate. On the spoon was one of his crackers. He took his finger and pressed the handle of the spoon causing the cracker to fly in the air. My first thought was to tell him to stop and eat; however, this time I realized he was doing a science experiment.

I told my son that he made his own catapult, which is used to throw objects over a far range. This is a great STEM project for kids to do. Afterwards, I went to the kitchen and gave him a cup. I challenged Cory to get the cracker in the cup with the catapult he created. He did that for about 20 minutes and then ate the rest of his crackers.

Whenever, Cory has an interest in something, I try to use it as a fun learning opportunity for him. The next day we went to the library and checked out the book called, Make a Catapult by Meg Gaertner. This book explained the science of catapults, how they work, and its various types. At the end, it showed us how to make one with materials we had at home.

The book grabbed Cory’s attention! He was most excited about making his own catapult. After creating the catapult, we played a competitive game to see who could get the cotton ball in the cup the most times.

Below we will show you in a video how to make a catapult.

How To Make A Catapult Easy

The video below comes my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please subscribe if you like what you see. We post fun hands-on activities weekly.

Here are the materials for the Catapult

Have fun with this project! Encourage your kids to do more hands-on STEM projects. It helps them learn how things work and get their creative juices flowing.

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ABC Hide and Seek Game – Easy and Fun Activity for Kids

Learning the ABC’s doesn’t have to be a boring task for kids. There are many ways to make it fun and engaging. In fact, here at over 100 activities, tips, and resources.

My son learned the alphabet at an early age. However, we still love to create games that are based on the letters. One activity we created is called the ABC Hide and Seek Game. The game will help children learn and review their letters in a fun way.

We incorporated one of my son’s favorite toys, the Geo Safari Walkie Talkie. We used it to communicate various clues to one another during the ABC Hide and Seek Game. Don’t worry if you don’t have walkie talkies, each player can give clues by simply talking in a normal voice.

ABC Hide and Seek Game

Below is a video of how we played the game.

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You have the option of making this an indoor or outdoor activity. Add more learning to this game by having children identify the phonetic letter sound once they find it. Here are other fun activities to learn the alphabet.

Remember the alphabet is one of the first steps to teaching a child to read. If a child does not know the alphabet first, it will be hard for them to connect letters to make words. Therefore, play this game so they can get the fundamentals of reading and literacy in a fun way!

Have fun with the alphabet!

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How to: Cable Car Toy | Simple and Fun Engineering Project for Kids

My son and I love to do DIY projects around our home. There is something special about taking household materials and creating something that is fun to play with. At first, we decided to make a Cable Car Toy so that we could send messages back and forth to one another.

However right before making the Cable Car Toy, my son decided he wanted it to transport his toy cars to race on this Hot Wheel track. This ended up being a fun activity to do.

The best thing about making it is that you most likely have all the materials in your home. Below is what you will need….

Watch the video below to learn how to make the Cable Car Toy. The video comes my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like the video and subscribe if you like what you see.

Once you have made the Cable Car Toy, have your child move the string in various directions. This is great time for them to make observations about how the string and the sandwich bags can move forward or backwards.

You may use this toy to send messages, toys, and small household objects etc. Next time, we will use it to pass math problems to each other. This will incorporate fun learning. The sky is limit with this project.

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Family DIY Chalk Paint Activity

Are you looking for the perfect activity to do in the final weeks of summer? This DIY chalk paint activity is great for the whole family! Younger kids can enjoy using this decorative paint (that easily washes away!) to create sidewalk masterpieces, and older kids or adults can use it to make fun or inspirational chalkboard signs to display around the home!

Check out the step-by-step guide for DIY chalk paint below and also be sure to download some or all of the three awesome stencil packs that both kids and adults can use to elevate their chalk paint art.

Guide to DIY Chalk Paint

The process of making your own chalk paint is simple! You just need water, cornstarch, and food coloring. Once you mix together these three basic ingredients, you’re well on your way to creating masterpieces at home.

To help guide your artwork, download these stencil packs:

The visual from Apartment Guide below goes over how to make your chalk paint. You can also find some cool ideas for how to use it at the end. Happy chalk painting!

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Simple Circuit for Kids – How to Power a Light Bulb with Play-Doh

Introduction to A Simple Circuit for Kids

My son was first exposed to a simple circuit for kids as a three-year-old. For his birthday, my brother brought him the Elenco Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100. I thought this toy was too difficult for my son to grasp. As I was looking at the front cover of the Snap Circuits Jr box, feelings of intimidation came over me.

However, because this toy was for my young son, I was determined to figure out how it works. After reading the directions and doing three of the projects, I started to like this toy. It was a fun puzzle.

That evening I showed my son the circuits and he liked it. He liked the result of flashing lights, space sounds, and fans blowing.

Let’s Get More Exposure

The second time my son built a simple circuit was at our public library. They had a STEM program for kids where they participated in fun scientific projects. My son was a little young for the program but because we knew the librarian, she decided to let him (as long as I helped him).

We made circuits out of coppper wire and graphite. These projects were amazing and fun to do.

Covid-19 Changed Everything

Now that Covid-19 is here, the library is not doing the STEM program anymore. Therefore, my son and I have decided to do STEM projects like creating simple circuits for kids at home. Today we will show you one of those projects.

We called it the Play-Doh Circuit. It is fun and easy to do. The best thing about this activity is you don’t need many materials. While doing this project, your child will be amazed to learn how Play-Doh can create electricity.

Below are materials need for experiments.

LED 5mm Light Bulb

9v Battery and clip

Play-Doh

If you want to do it, watch the how-to video below. The video comes my son’s YouTube Channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please subscribe IF you like what you see.

Have fun with this project!

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World Geography Lesson – Fun Learning Activity for Kids

World Geography Lesson – Why it’s Needed

I remember being a tenth grader in high school taking Geography class. This class was extremely boring to me. It was simply because I was not interested in learning about other countries.

However, my mindset changed once I went to college. I met and developed friendships with people from around the world from Ghana, Brazil and Costa Rica to Ireland and Japan. Being around these friends made me curious about the world outside of the United States.

Once in college, I got on an airplane for the first time to Dominican Republic. Afterwards, I traveled to countries in Europe and South America. While traveling, I realized that the locals in these countries knew a lot about the United States. They could tell me about our current President at the time and his polices. They were so knowledgable in the subject matter that they were able to debate various topics on the American political system.

I was amazed and ashamed at the same time. This made me feel guilty for thinking my high school Geography class was boring. I should have listened and taken the time to learn about other countries.

When I became a mom

Once my son was born, I knew I wanted him to have an appreciation for a world outside of the United States. It was easier for me to instill this in him, because we live in an area with a lot people from other countries.

I never thought he would be introduced to geography at the age of three. My mom gave my son an Oregon Scientific Globe for his third Christmas gift. He loves this globe because it talks. Also, it teaches you about the continents, various countries, and various cultures through games.

We use the Oregon Scientific Globe and Marble Race Track to review the continents and various countries. These learning toys inspired us to create a fun world geography lesson/game. The globe was used to identify countries and their continents. Then we picked marbles, that matched certain countries’ flags and raced them against one another.

My son and I had the most fun with the game. Watch the video below to see how we played the game and who won.

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Have fun with this activity!

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DIY Boat for Kids – Fun with Balloons and Water

I love finding materials around our home to make toys and use for science experiments. It is an excellent way to recycle and make good use of what you have. My son has adopted the habit of recycling items like water bottles, plastic tubes, paper towels and toilet paper rolls. He puts them in our science drawer. Surprisingly, we don’t have trouble finding fun projects to do with these materials like the DIY Boat for Kids.

This week we are showing you how to use household items to make a DIY boat for kids. The best thing about this project is it involves water and balloons, which are two of my son’s favorites. The DIY boat for kids incorporates the science of using wind to make the boat move.

You only need the following ingredients…

While doing this experiment, my son and I discussed how the air in your lungs is used to provide energy for the boat. You may also introduce your child to Newton’s third law of motion which states for every action, there is an equal and opposite action. Our DIY boat for kids is a great example of this law because it moves forward by the air pushing the water backwards.

This boat also makes a bubbly motor sound in the water, which your kids will love. The best part of this activity is it is easy and fun to do.

If your child is like my son, they will want to activate the boat repeatedly.

Watch the video below to see how it is done.

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Have fun with this activity!

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Fun Numbers Activity for Kids – Slime Hide and Seek Challenge

Want a fun numbers activity for kids? Look no further, I will share one with you in this post.

My son and I love to make up games to play. I personally like adding an educational component to these games to make learning fun. While playing games, my son loves to compete and it creates motivation for him to understand new concepts.

Games also accommodate the three basic types of learners which are sight learners, audio learners, and kinesthetic learners. Kids are often using sight, hearing, and touch when playing games.

This week we played and created the Slime Hide and Seek NUMBERS Challenge.

This game is great for teaching and reviewing number recognition and place values with your children. About two weeks before playing this game, we found an easy three-ingredient slime recipe that my son loves. Therefore, we thought it would be fun to incorporate it into our game.

We love this activity because it includes the science of making slime from scratch and the mathematical concept of numbers. Additionally, the friendly competition games encourage is always exciting!

The video below shows you how to play the game. We played three rounds and each one gets harder as you progress. Watch the whole video to find out who won (my son or I).

Your kids will have a blast playing the game! We hope you enjoy it!

Fun Numbers Activity for Kids – Slime Hide and Seek Challenge

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Playful Reading and Literacy Activities from Infants to Preschoolers

My Discovery

From my research, I concluded that doing playful reading and literacy activities with my son would be beneficial to his development. If you have been following my blog, you probably know that my son learned to read at a very early age. This accomplishment was NOT my intention. My intention was to expose him to as many words as I could so he could communicate his wants and needs. I did not want him to be a late communicator.

As a play therapist, I often found that children who were last communicators would resort to hitting or kicking. They were simply frustrated that they could not tell others their desires. This can be frustrating for adults as well. I could only imagine how a child who experiences this feels.

Seeing the Interest

I saw that my son was interested in reading, letters, and language at a young age. Therefore, I started to expose him to the alphabet, phonics, sight words, and blending sounds in a playful manner. He seemed to like how I was interacting with him daily, so I kept introducing him to reading and literacy.

Below is a video presentation I did for my alma mater, Davidson College. It outlines and gives tips on how my son learned to talk, blend sounds, and read at 21 months. There are various videos of my son as a baby showcasing his journey from talking to reading.

The presentation is a little over 50 minutes long. However, it gives a ton of resources and tips on how to stimulate your child’s brain and various methods to develop a love of reading and language. The steps are easy and fun to do with children.

This presentation is based on my online course and book, Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play. Click the image below to learn more about the course. There is currently a $97 discount on it.

Here is the presentation! Enjoy!

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Cool Foam Experiment For Kids – Fun and Easy

Many kids love science experiments where there are mild explosions or something is changing dramatically. My son, Cory, loves the Coke and Mentos and Magic Balloon experiments because of this fact. The experiment I will show you today is a cool foam experiment for kids which is Cory’s second favorite science activity. His favorite one is the Colorful Egg Drop Experiment, which I must admit is pretty amazing.

Today’s activity is a cool foam experiment for kids that is fun and easy to do. Your kids will love the mild explosion it creates. It is officially called Elephant Toothpaste. This activity encourages children to mix kitchen ingredients to create a foam that oozes out of its container.

The ingredients needed for this experiment are…

Cool Foam Experiment for Kids

My son and I will show you how to do this experiment step-by-step via video. This is an excellent activity to do during rainy, extremely hot, and snow days.

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