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
Art is such an important activity for kids to do. It displays their creativity and imagination. In our household, we love sea animals. We wanted to do a project that combines painting and sea creatures. Therefore, we came up with colorful ice sea animals. If you don’t have iced animals, then you can use cubed ice. Below we will show you how to do this easy art project for kindergarten, preschool, and up.
This easy art project for kindergarten and up will expose your kids to science and art. They will learn how water changes from a liquid to solid ice. Additionally, children will see ice change colors. If you leave the project out long enough, they will observe how solid ice changes back to a liquid.
We like this activity because it is easy to do and requires minimal setup.
Below is a video that shows you how to create Colorful Sea Animals. The video below comes from my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please subscribe if you like what you see.
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Spring is here! It is my favorite season because it is not too hot or cold. I also love going outside and enjoying the beautiful weather and nature as a whole. Last year, I showed my son a project where he would learn how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. He was excited to tackle this challenge. However, last year, it was in the later part of the summer, which is too late to grow butterflies
I was debating on whether to show my son this project because I assumed I would have to touch caterpillars. However, this was not the case at all. Looking back, I am so happy I showed him this project because we had a great and memorable experience.
We used the Insect Lore Butterfly Garden to learn how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. When we first received the caterpillars, they were tiny. However, they quickly grew before our eyes. My son and I enjoyed observing and feeding them fresh fruit. It was amazing to watch them form into chrysalis and transform to butterflies.
When it was time to release the butterflies, it was a bittersweet moment. They became part of our family during the short time they were in our home. We were going to miss them. However, watching them fly out of the habitat was amazing.
My son learned so much. He was able to experience firsthand the wonderful world of nature and science.
We think your kids will LOVE this STEM project. Watch a short video (under two minutes) below of our experience with the Insect Lore Butterfly Garden. In the video, you the see our process for growing the butterflies and releasing them into the world.
Science explosions are my son’s favorite type of activity. You may assume that we saw this activity in a science book or the Internet. However, we read about this activity while reading the Weird School book series by Dan Gutman. My son, Cory, loves reading these books. Once he saw we could make a lunch bag explode, he looked at me and said, “We gotta do it!” This is definitely a fun science experiment to do at home.
The great thing about this activity is you most likely have all the ingredients in your home. Below is what we used….