background preloader

DIY Science Toys

Facebook Twitter

50+ Genius STEM Activities for Kids - The Stem Laboratory. With a name like The STEM Laboratory, it’s no surprise that we’re obsessed about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities for kids.

50+ Genius STEM Activities for Kids - The Stem Laboratory

These 50+ STEM projects are sure to keep little scientists engaged, learning and well-prepared for their STEM-filled future. This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Science Projects. Toys from Trash. MAKE HOMEMADE SCIENCE TOYS AND PROJECTS. Project-Based Engineering for Kids. Fun, original, and exciting collection of project-based engineering lessons for kids.

Project-Based Engineering for Kids

If you enjoy these projects, then I encourage you to buy my book, Rubber Band Engineer. It's a full-color-photo book full of more project plans that range from the surprisingly simple to the curiously complex, and some have their roots right here at Instructables. These project-based lessons focus on basic principles of physics, structural, and mechanical engineering. Www.robives.com. Science. Howtoons Instructables. Toy Maker. Create an Engineering Mystery Bag Challenge for Kids. This is a sponsored post.

Create an Engineering Mystery Bag Challenge for Kids

If you are a fan of the hit TV reality competition, Masterchef, then you would be familiar with the concept of the mystery box challenge – it’s actually my favourite part of the show! For those who don’t know, the contestants are each presented with a box of identical, mystery ingredients from which they are required to create a mouthwatering dish. They don’t have to use every ingredient in the box but apart from a few, very basic pantry staples, what they discover in the box is pretty much it. It’s fun to see the dishes created by the talented and very creative contestants.

Taking this concept and applying it to children, learning and the great ideas children have, I recently put together two MYSTERY BAG engineering challenges for a group of great kids (aged between 6 and 12 years of age) to get creative with. CHALLENGE ONE: The Pom Pom Launcher. 14 Catapults for Kids to Create and Experiment With. There’s just something fulfilling in sending an object hurtling through the air, don’t you agree?

14 Catapults for Kids to Create and Experiment With

Well, even if you don’t, something tells me some of the kiddos you know would agree with me. Why not channel that interest into these amazing catapults for kids!? In addition to being an exciting experience, catapults lead to so much thinking and learning! Fine motor skills, science, and math are just a few subjects that catapults help children learn about.

15 Backyard Engineering Projects for Kids - The Stem Laboratory. Whether you’re looking for a fun way to enjoy the outdoors or you want to sneak in a little learning into your summer days, these 15 backyard engineering projects for kids are must-tries.

15 Backyard Engineering Projects for Kids - The Stem Laboratory

Race LEGOs down DIY ziplines, build rockets that really soar, launch marshmallows in the air and try your hand at classic egg drop science experiments. Kids will be tackling backyard engineering projects for days! Use a few simple supplies to design pop rockets that really fly. // Playdough to Plato Build a LEGO zipline that reaches from one side of the yard to the other! // Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls. Sensational Straws - 10 Sensory Ideas - Special-ism. Random national observances can provide great inspiration for sensory diet fun.

Sensational Straws - 10 Sensory Ideas - Special-ism

Take National Drinking Straw Day, for instance. This little-known observance was celebrated on January 3 in honor of the invention and patenting of the paper drinking straw by Marvin C. Stone in 1888. However, fabulous sensory fun can be had with drinking straws all year round. Ages6andUp Popsicle Stick Bombs Kinetic Energy Instructions. Launcher - Document Download – TeacherGeek. Make It Your Own: The documents for this activity are available in PDF and Microsoft Word format.

Launcher - Document Download – TeacherGeek

If you wish to edit a document, simply download the Microsoft Word format. Download the Out of the Classroom Version This document has everything you need to do the Ping-Pong Ball Launcher Activity "Just for Fun". Start by building the example Launcher, then go straight into the Design & Engineering Challenges to make it your own unique design.

Wiggle-Bots - Doodling, Scribbling, Drawing, Racing Bots – TeacherGeek. How to make a Car - Powered Car - Very Simple. Self-Defeating Fan Car. On your marks, get set, stay put!

Self-Defeating Fan Car

Have you ever that get up and not-go feeling? Well this car feels it, too. With a fan in the front and a sail in the back, you'd think it would be the perfect self-contained contraption. Engineer This: Design and Build a Roller Coaster - Planet Smarty Pants. An engineering challenge for kids to design and build a roller coaster.

Engineer This: Design and Build a Roller Coaster - Planet Smarty Pants

Disclosure: I am an Amazon associate, and this post contains affiliate links. For full disclosure, please click here and thank you for supporting my blog! Project Set Up and Materials Smarty built this project in her gifted enrichment after class led by Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Students were given the following materials:MarblesA paper cupFoam Pipe insulation, cut in halfMasking tapeToothpicksSupport materials - Cardboard tubes, dowels, large tongue depressors The students were then asked to design and build their own roller coasters with marbles serving as their cars.

Build Your Roller Coaster Many students built traditional roller coasters with one loop. Gami-bots! Paper Stomp Rockets. I run a free summertime activity program for kids as part of my job in the city where I live.

Paper Stomp Rockets

So I've got a lot of fun little projects up my sleeves, and I'm always on the lookout for more. One of the more popular summertime activities in my repertoire is homemade stomp rockets. DIY Google Cardboard with Homemade Lens in 30 Minutes! From our STAR Maker: Rodolfo S, Jr The Google Cardboard is one of the most easiest ways to experience Virtual Reality at home. Using this tutorial, you will be able to make one for yourself at ZERO cost if you have some: cardboard, clear plastic and magnets in your home. I made myself a completely functioning DIY Google cardboard from recycled materials, that is even the lens. Sourcing the lens is one of the most difficult parts of building this VR headset, since its not available anywhere and is also very expensive.

Jumbo Marshmallow Cannon. How to Make Cardboard Automata. Perhaps the most famous automaton, the fabled Turk, ended up being a clever hoax, not a true automaton. To see an honest historical automaton, one needs to visit the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, where Maillardet’s Automaton is displayed. This automaton, built around 1800, is a masterpiece, able to write three poems and draw four drawings! Our first cardboard automaton will be less ambitious than Maillardet’s Automaton but more real than The Turk. Building automata is a great engineering challenge that scales from child maker to adult in its complexity.

It varies in the types of materials from which it is built and the story the automaton tells through the machinery’s movements. Anyone interested in building automata should start by reading The Exploratorium’s helpful PDF on the subject. Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers. Here’s a classic toy reimagined for you to make just in time for Halloween candy-giving and party fun. It’s the Mad Monster Candy Snatch game, which combines the nerve-wracking dexterity of the old classic Operation game (BZZZZZT!) With a fun monster head–shaped candy dispenser. Make those little goblins earn their treats with this tricky game! It’s simple to make and you can customize the play to be as easy or difficult as you like. You can even personalize it with your own voice, choice sayings, and sound effects. How to Make a Balloon-Powered Paper Plate Racer « Model Cars, Rockets & Trains. With a little spare time and and a few items you can find around the house, you can make your own balloon-powered paper car.

This is a great and easy DIY project that's perfect for competitive kids. All you'll need to get started is: Cardboard Straws Scotch tape Marker Paper plates Scissors BBQ skewers (any straight stick would work) The paper plate will act as the body of the racer. Josh Burker's Blog of Musings: Cardboard Pinball Game. Inspired by a build at CMK16, I decided to build my own cardboard pinball game.

Awesome Pool Noodle Engineering Wall for Kids. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ProjectAmazing #CollectiveBias.