Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Science and Maker Fun for Kids

summer science and maker fun for kids
I'm heading out for a celebration with my Science Olympiad Entomology team. Did I tell you they placed 5th in the state? We're going kayaking and are sure to see several of our favorite insects while paddling around. Summer is a great time to celebrate nature and the wonder around us. In my latest post at Sylvan's Mom-Minded blog I shared several family-friendly science ideas that are perfect for summer. If you hold a Bugs' Life party, be sure to tell me about it!

Looking for a new spin on that same old holiday gathering? I just bought about 300 glow sticks for an upcoming BBQ. No, we're not grilling them. They're just for play. Beth has a few fun ideas for glow sticks.

In fact, Add it Up, the Bedtime Math parent blog is full of good ideas that make every day a party! Of course, as the blog editor I'm a bit biased. Take a look for yourself:

Breathe new life into old crayons. I'm waiting to try this on a hot, sunny day to see if Mother Nature ill help us do the job.

Make your own sidewalk chalk paint.

Homemade ice cream without a machine.

Bordeom Busters! This downloadable printable has three goofy games good for kids of any age. Seriously, I'm going to try these with my teens this weekend.

Have a safe and festive holiday weekend!

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Kim MoldofskyKim Moldofsky
Kim is a blogger, vlogger, baker, and maker, as well as a trend spotter and founder of #STEMchat. She is passionate about raising STEM-loving kids. to your Google+ circles.

4 comments:

  1. "Making everyday a party" - we're all for that :)

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  2. Random off-topic question, but I wasn't sure of the best way to ask your opinion. We learned about Tynker through your blog and bought our 9-year-old the first class this summer. He tore through it and is into the second class now, and at the pace he's going, I'm wondering what to offer him next. Do you have any experience/recommendations for what should come after Tynker? He's so enthusiastic that I'd like to keep the momentum going!

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    1. If your child is doing well with Tynker I'd encourage him to apply what he knows to build games and animations to improve his skills. If he lacks ideas, ask him to create a birthday card for a family member or friend, make up a game about (insert favorite TV show or character here). If he wants to get into "real" coding check out sites like CodeAcademy and Code.org for more idea.

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