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.
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….
Spring is here and it brings lots of showers. I have the perfect activity to help your kids understand why rains falls. They will create a rain cloud! This is an easy science experiment for kids at home.
This activity requires household materials. Below is what you will need….
We first saw this easy science experiment for kids at our local science center. This demonstration helped my son, Cory, learn how rain is formed. It is fun and easy to do. This is an activity that you can repeat with easy clean up.
Below is a video my son created to show you how to do this experiment. It comes from his YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures.It is full of science experiments, learning games, and DIY projects. Please subscribe if you like what you see.
Most of the kids I know love bouncy balls, including my son, Cory. About two weeks, my son and I were trying to find a fun DIY project to do on a cold day. When Cory found out he could make a bouncy ball from scratch, he became excited. We found what was needed for this project and got started immediately. In this post, we will show you how to make your own bouncy balls.
Once you make the bouncy ball, you will be amazed at how soft it is. You will also love the fact that your child can immediately play with something they made from household ingredients. I believe this is the best type of DIY project.
The video below shows you how to make a Bouncy Ball from scratch. It comes from my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please subscribe if you like what you see. Below is the video.
5 Easy Science Experiments for Kids at Home as a Celebration
About two years ago, my son Cory said he wanted to start a YouTube channel. He was four-years-old at the time, and I said no to his request. A year later, as a five-year-old, he asked again to start a YouTube channel. This time I took him a little more seriously because this had been on his mind for a year.
After the second request, I said ,yes, thinking we would create three videos and he would grow tired of the process. However, I was wrong. It has been a year and we have diligently created one video (sometimes two) a week for his channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures.
In order to celebrate my son’s year on YouTube, we have made a compilation of 5 easy science experiments for kids at home. These science activities have been the most viewed on his channel.
Why I said yes
My son had to get both my husband’s and my approval in order to start the channel. I said yes because he was able to answer my one question: How will you use your videos to help people? He said he wanted to share fun activities with other kids.
I have been doing DIY projects and science experiments with Cory since he was two-years-old. I wrote blogs about our activities and posted pictures. However, the pictures never showed his face. Viewers could only see his arm or the back of his head.
He started to develop a desire to share the activities himself. He thought they would be better shared from a kids’ perspective. He was right!
What we have learned during this process
Together Cory and I have learned the art of goal setting. His goal is to get 1000 subscribers. Therefore, we have posted at least one or two videos per week on Youtube. Every week he has steadily received subscribers to his channel. Currently, as I am writing this, the channel has 590 subscribers. We are proud that he is over the half way mark.
Cory has learned to edit his videos. At first, I edited the videos alone. Nonetheless, Cory wanted more graphics, sound effects, and transitions in his videos. We learned this skill in IMovie. We make it a goal to try to learn a new editing skill weekly and incorporate it in the videos.
We have learned to be organized. It takes a lot to produce one video. First, you have to research your idea to see if people want to know about your topic. Then we gather materials for our activities and create talking points. Next, we shoot the videos with proper lighting. Afterwards, we have to edit, create a video title, make a thumbnail, and optimize the video in YouTube with descriptions and keywords. Last, I market the video which means to tell people that it is on YouTube. It is a lot to do weekly but worth the effort if it helps people.
Celebrate With US
You can celebrate Cory’s one year milestone by watching and enjoying his science video below. We hope that you do these 5 fun activities with your kids. Please subscribe to Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures if you like what you see.
My son loves to make all types of paper airplanes. His favorite one to make is the glider.It does loops and has a lot of air time. When he first saw the paper helicopter, he wasn’t sure how it would fly. We decided to make it and he was amazed at how it spun in the air. We want to share this fun project with you and your children. We are going to show you how to make a paper helicopter that flies.
You most likely have all the items for the paper helicopter in your home now.
While making the helicopter, it is a great time to discuss terms like speed, airtime, distance, and acrobatics with your child. This helicopter has a lot of airtime, some speed, and no distance.
Once your child flies this helicopter for the first time, they will want to do it repeatedly.
If you have a child that likes paper airplanes, we suggest the book, Show-How Guides Paper Airplanes by Keith Zoo. It has 11 different types of planes your child can make. Furthermore, it provides the speed, airtime, distance, acrobatics, and uniqueness of each plane. This is one of my son’s favorite books. He has it out frequently to make various paper airplanes.
Below we have provided you with a video on how to make a paper helicopter that flies. We give you step-by-step detailed instructions. You will also see my son flying it at the end of the video.
One of my favorite activities is easy DIY projects. I like projects that require materials already in my home. It is not practical for me to buy items for a project that I will use one time. If I purchase something for a project, it will have multiple uses. Today’s activity, Salt Art Painting, fits this criteria.
This activity is a wonderful STEAM educator. Children will observe how salt melts ice. They can combine two colors to make another color. Also, they will see how water can change from a liquid to a solid when turning water into ice.
My son had fun doing the Salt Art Painting. He was amazed that he could create a rainbow before his eyes. This is a great project for preschoolers, kindergarten, and up. It is safe to say that your child may ask to do this activity again.
As a parent, I love that the set up and cleaning afterwards is quick and easy.
The video below provides directions on how to do the Salt Art Painting. The video comes from my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please subscribe if you like what you see.
My son loves to play with anything that launches or flies across the room. One of his favorite toys is the catapult. We built the catapult and played a fun game with it. It is more fun when you can actually make these types of toys. The benefits are numerous. For example, kids will understand how they work and can adjust them to their liking. Furthermore, children can make as many as they like and even give them out for gifts. We did this for the fun balloon project I will share with you in this post.
We call this project the Balloon Launcher. You only need five items, which you most likely have in your home. The process to making the launcher is very easy. You can play a game with the launcher to see who can shoot objects the farthest. The toy can be used at parties to celebrate another’s accomplishment or their birthday. Below is the process for executing this fun balloon project.