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Science and Engineering Resources

Kitchen Science

Kitchen Science With Fall Leaves | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Simple science doesn't just show children things that will happen for sure (like exploding baking soda and vinegar volcanoes), it also teaches them to ask questions, wonder "What will happen if...", and develop an experiment to answer the question. What will happen if you put leaves from your yard in different liquids?

Paint with Nature

Paint With Nature | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Get outside and have fun with nature, using natural objects (leaves, flowers, or anything else!) as brushes or stamps to paint creative art projects.

Fall Leaf Suncatcher

Fall Leaf Suncatcher | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

This Thanksgiving, capture the beauty of fall by adding some handmade decor to your house.

Build and Test

Build and Test Paper Bridges | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Bridges are as diverse as the people and places they connect. Some bridges are strong enough to support the weight of cars, and some are built just for people and pets to walk across. But what determines a bridge’s strength? Investigate by constructing paper bridges and testing their weight limits with pennies.

Tornado in a Jar

Create A Tornado In A Jar | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Explore the science behind tornadoes with this easy activity.

Bubble Up!

Make a bubble mix at home for some outdoor fun!

Nico & Nor Wonder Farm

Fun and engaging app will help basic plant growth concepts take root

This is free and can be used on an ipad

Preschool, kindergarten, and first grade teachers can use Nico & Nor Wonder Farm as part of a unit where they need to explain what plants need to grow. The developers provide unit plans that are accessible on their website or through a separate iOS app. The Wonder Farm app plays an appropriate role in this sequence; it's a digital simulation that can help students understand and apply concepts that they're learning in the real world. Students won't need to wait for weeks or months to see plant growth like they might with real plants. Students can play with different variables and explore different combinations of variables that affect plant growth.

The included lessons begin by having teachers use student volunteers to model using the app. There's an emphasis on good science questioning, such as "What might a rabbit do to a carrot plant?" or "Why didn't our plant grow very much? What might help it grow better?" Students can then use the app in pairs or individually to explore different combinations of sunlight and water. Different types of plants have additional variables, such as earthworms, caterpillars, and rabbits. When a student kills a plant with too much water, sun, or rabbits, take the opportunity to ask why it happened and how the student can grow a healthier plant. Of course, teachers could find value integrating Wonder Farm into their existing curriculum as-is.

wrapping paper

DIY: Car Tracks Wrapping Paper | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Make your own kid-friendly wrapping paper this holiday season!

Hero Elementary: PBS new science show for children ages 4 to 7

You Belong at Hero Elementary™!

ED’s Ready To Learn program funded “Hero Elementary,” an upcoming animated children’s television series focused on improving school readiness in science and literacy for children grades K–2 nationwide, with an emphasis on Latino communities, English language learners, children with disabilities, and children from low-income households. Hero Elementary is a school for budding superheroes, where kids learn to master their innate powers, like flying and teleportation, while exploring science along the way. The new series will give children ages 4 to 7 important tools to help them solve problems by encouraging them to think and act like scientists, igniting their natural curiosity. The show will premiere June 1 on PBS and PBS Kids.

 

Bug Houses

Build a Bug House | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Perfect for cool summer camp projects or favors at a bug-themed birthday party, these bug houses are fun and educational crafts for kids.

Hands-on STEM

Hands-On STEM at Home | TechNotes Blog

Are you looking for a few hands-on STEM activities you can do with your children at home? If so, you’ll want to check out these resources.
 

Ready Jet Go

Ready Jet Go! – Exploring Gravity | Science Crafts for Kids | PBS Learning Media

Explore gravity with a catapult! On Ready Jet Go!, Jet and his friends learn about gravity, the force that brings us back down when we jump. In this activity, your child can explore gravity by launching a ball from a catapult and then watching gravity pull the ball back down to Earth. Talk about gravity with your kids, and get directions to make a catapult in the included PDF.
 

10 Early Learning Books

10 Early Learning Books About Forces and Motion | Parenting Tips & Advice | PBS KIDS for Parents

This booklist for ages 4-8 includes both fiction and non-fiction books that focus on the physical science concepts of motion and forces such as pushes and pulls, gravity, and friction.

volcano

Build Your Own Volcano | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Volcanoes are openings in the earth’s surface that sometimes shoot out very hot rock, smoke, and ash. Help you child understand how a volcano forms and what causes it to erupt in this classic “science fair” experiment.

- 360° Kamchatka Volcano Eruption | National Geographic​

Stegosaurus

Explore Stegosaurus’ Special Features by Making a Puppet | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Creating a Stegosaurus puppet will show your child how the dinosaur’s spikes and tail helped it survive.

Marble Runs

Explore Gravity and Friction With Marble Runs | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Bring the excitement of an amusement park into your home by building a marble roller coaster. The motion of marbles as they roll down ramps is a great way to lwarn about the pushes and pulls that cause objects to move. In this activity, you’ll create different tracks for a marble as you and your child experiment with the forces of friction and gravity!

sand

Create Kinetic Sand | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Kinetic sand is similar to wet sand. Your child will be able to mold it into different shapes, and the sand will not dry out. Learn how to make kinetic sand, a fun sensory craft, isong household ingredients!

Quit buying special kinetic sand. This is an inexpensive, easy to make recipe for "special sand". Add a few props and encourage your children to create. For instance, add a few dinosaur props and ask your children to make a place where dinosaurs would live. Provide construction paper, scissors, markers and ask children to make the dinosaurs habitat by making trees and plants to add to their dinosaur land.

fossils

Homemade Fossils | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

With some basic kitchen ingredients, your child can have fun learning about fossils in this hands-on educational activity.

silly putty

Two Ingredient Silly Putty | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Silly Putty was an accidental invention during the second World War. This rubber-like substance will mold into millions of shapes and even bounce! Make your own using only two household supplies for a project that’s also a great chemistry or history lesson!

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Make a Bottle Thermometer | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

The weather affects our daily lives. We need to think about the weather when we are choosing clothes to wear, activities to do and how we can get from place to place. In this activity, you and your child will build a weather took – a simple thermometer that can tell you whether it is warmer or cooler than when you last read it.

sink or float worksheet

Easy Science: Sink or Float? | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Learn about household objects that sink and float in this easy-to-prepare activity.

oil water

Oil and Water Experiment: Fireworks in a Jar | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Create fireworks in a jar for a fun afternoon project and start a conversation about why oil and water do not mix.

Cereal box cityscape

Cereal Box Cityscape | Crafts for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

Make days of fun out of a few old cereal boxes with this easy cityscape craft.

toast

Make Homemade Butter | Recipes for Kids | PBS KIDS for Parents

You butter believe this activity is a chemistry in disguise! Cream is one of the most versatile ingredients ised in cooking because of the many forms it can take. ou can pour cream in  coffee, add whipped cream to deserts, churn cream into ice cream or, you guessed it, butter!

STEM Activities

Projects created in collaboration with the educational experts at KiwiCo to promote STEM learning and creative confidence! Grab your ziploc bags and try these STEM activities.

CLI and PBS Collaboration: CIRCLE STEM Lab

Designed around selections from PBS LearningMedia, these interactive activities teach foundational STEM skills known to be important for 3 to 6 year olds.

As a leader in early childhood education, the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) set a goal to significantly increase the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) materials available to educators throughout the state. Over the past year faculty and content developers worked diligently to increase the quantity and scope of STEM activities included in the CIRCLE Activity Collection. The collection is an extensive library of classroom lessons freely available for use by Texas prekindergarten to grade 2 teachers and administrators.

Believing that quality instruction in early childhood focuses on play-based learning combining teacher-directed and child-directed activities, CLI set out to develop the first child-facing STEM activities. A partnership was formed with PBS allowing CLI to select and use video from their extensive library that includes STEM content presented in a child-friendly and entertaining manner.

The result of this collaboration is the development of 20 child-directed, interactive lessons by CLI. Designed around selections from PBS LearningMedia, the activities teach foundational STEM skills known to be important for 3-6 year olds. Set in a virtual laboratory setting, the CIRCLE STEM Lab integrates the video segments with hands-on activities to be completed by the child. Each activity is designed to facilitate independent learning by individual students.

Combining multiple learning principles in a single activity could yield exciting results. Used in conjunction with independent learning by students, teachers could maximize limited instructional time. With positive outcomes and additional funding, CLI hopes to continue the collaboration with PBS.

 

Stemie

STEMIE is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math In Early Childhood

The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMI2E2) Center aims to:

  • Develop and enhance the knowledge base on engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning opportunities for young children with disabilities (O-5);

  • Implement high-quality technical assistance and professional development to increase engagement for young children with disabilities in STEM opportunities; and

  • Engage partners and stakeholders from diverse disciplines and industry in work to increase the inclusion of young children with disabilities in early high-quality STEM learning experiences.

This website is a wealth of activities, learning trajectories to plan our Early Childhood STEM activities.