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Awesome Rock Paining STEM Project Ideas for Kids post image

Rocks are easy to find. I recently find many awesome learning ideas for kids using painted rocks. I picked those with STEAM focus (Science Math Tech Engineering Art) to have a list of Painted Rock STEAM Activities for Kids. Please come back if you love rock painting. I will add more to this STEM activity list. Look at those painted rocks! Aren't they cute? We have a lot gravels and small rocks in our yard. If you don't have a… Read More

Build a Da Vinci Bridge with Pencils – A fun STEM Challenge post image

A while ago we visited a museum with a Da Vinci exhibit. There was a demo of building Da Vinci bridge with wood logs. We were fascinated by the genius mechanical engineering design and decided to try one ourselves. One thing we have at home is pencil, and that is what we used. Since pencils are common school supplies, I am sure teachers can do it with students as a STEM challenge at school too. Through out the design, plan… Read More

Winning Egg Drop Project Design Ideas with Straws post image

Egg drop project is always fun for kids. You design a structure to hold the egg and to protect the egg from breaking when dropped from certain height. The project can be designed for different age groups with various difficulty levels. For this one, we limit the design materials on straws, tapes and hot glue only. The goal of the project is for kids to learn physics science, design process, engineering while having fun. If you'd like to try with… Read More

3 Coding Games to Learn Shapes and Geometry with a Cool Coding Toy post image

Can you teach shapes and geometry with computer coding games? Today I am excited to share a new coding toy that I used to just do that. Teaching kids Coding has become a popular topic nowadays. We all know today's kids will grow up into a new world that computers and robots are essential parts of life. Even if they don't want to be a programmer to write computer codes, it is important to understand how programs and coding work… Read More

7 Kids Science Experiments with Apples post image

We love apples. Besides being nutritious fruits, apples can offer many more learning activities for kids. Today we share some fun kitchen science experiments for kids using apples. Many are very easy to do, and you and kids can still enjoy the apples after the experiments. Does apples float or sink in water? This is a simple experiment. All you need is a big bowl filled with water, and drop apples in it. Before you drop apples in the water… Read More

Teach Young Children Save Energy and Recycle post image

Saving energy and resource by recycling is a big concept for young children. How to teach them to young kids? The app Save Your Planet does a good job in teach kids what they can do and how to do it. It captures 6 daily activities that kids do or see family members do, and teach kids what is the right thing to do to conserve energy and resources. For example, one of the activities shown in the app is… Read More

Coding Game Improving Kids Problem Solving Skills post image

If you are going through our computer coding series, by now, you have learned the 5 crucial coding skills someone needs to be a good computer programmer. You also practiced the skills of decomposition and thinking from different perspectives. Today, we talk about debug, finding and fixing mistakes. Debugging skill is essentially problem solving skill, because you debug when the code is not working. No matter how good you are at programming, you will always run into the situations that… Read More

12 Classic Children’s Books To Listen on Your Phone post image

We use audio books in the car a lot. I found it a great experience to listen to the same books together with kids. Being able to see how they react and to hear their thoughts triggered by the book, I can find the right topics to talk about. It is a nice way to use the commute hours to connect with kids. When choosing books, I always try the classic children’s books, especially after I discover the 99c WhisperSync… Read More

Practice Morning Routine to Learn Coding Skills post image

We talked about how learning computer coding skills can improve kids’ executive functions, such as organization and staying on task. Decomposition is an important skill for a programmer, and it is also an important building block of executive function. We used a coding game to demonstrate how to break down tasks into smaller actionable steps. As an extension, we will showcase an example how to help kids practice decomposition using everyday life activities. All tasks have processes. With the Hot… Read More

9 Movies for Kids to Learn History of the Fourth of July post image

Summer is a time to relax for kids. However I still like to add some learning here and there whenever I can. With the 4th of July in the middle of summer break, I find some great patriotic movies for kids about the history of the Independence Day. These are movies kids can enjoy with the family and learn American history at the same time. Liberty’s Kids : It is a series of animated shows aimed at kids age 7… Read More

7 Science Activities for Kids to Learn About the Moon post image

We have posted many science activities for kids. Today we share some fun science activity ideas for kids to learn about the moon. They can be part of your space or solar system unit study. I hope these activity ideas will help kids learn that science is in our everyday life, and encourage kids to have a curious scientific mind. The first thing you can do with kids to learn about moon is to observe the moon. Using these free… Read More

Coding Game Improving Kids Executive Functions post image

How can coding game improve kids executive functions? As I mentioned in the article 5 Crucial Skills Kids Need for Computer Coding, breaking down a big task into smaller manageable pieces is an important skill for any coders and programmers. It is called decompose. An important aspect of executive function is organization skill to streamline and to finish a project. Many studies have found that kids who can't finish projects on time are not lazy. Instead, they have poor executive… Read More

DIY Computer Coding Camp at Home post image

Why coding camp for kids? In today’s world, almost everything we do is connected with computers. Shopping, cooking, banking, … Computer literacy is essential for modern life. It is important for everyone to have basic understanding of how computer works, even if you are not planning to be a computer engineer. One big part of understanding computers is to understand how we communicate with computers. Computer coding or programming is basically the language we use to communicate with computers. Since… Read More

DIY Nature Science Summer Camp at Home post image

Are you looking for summer ideas? Summer is a great time to explore the nature. Will a nature science summer camp sound good? I put together a DIY nature science camp with 5 nature themes for 5 days. Each theme has multiple activities to accommodate different age groups. Depending on your time, you can also break them into one theme each week, since there are 5 to 10 activities for each theme. Nature Science Camp Day 1 - Wind Science… Read More

Coding Game for Critical Thinking Skills post image

Thinking from a different perspective is a critical thinking skill that is essential for kids to learn computer coding. In fact, it is essential to many jobs. There are many ways to help kids develop the skill. Today we share a coding game we developed that can get you started on training kids the critical skill of thinking from a different perspective. Today’s game is an extension of the Hot Dog Coding Game. The story behind the game is the… Read More