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LEGO Movie Math Game with Coordinate Plane Worksheets post image

Ordered pairs and coordinate plane is an important foundation for so many higher level math studies. It lays groundwork for many topics in geometry and algebra, such as Pythagorean theorem, distance between two points, slopes of linear functions. It also helps kids understand the coding game we designed. It is a math area that seems easy, but takes practice to be good at. This LEGO movie coordinate plane game gives kids a hands-on opportunity to practice the ordered pairs on… Read More

60 Halloween Science Experiments for Kids post image

Kids love Halloween for various reasons. I love Halloween because there are so many themes you can use for awesome science experiments kids will love. Today we share some fun Halloween Science Experiments, some are cute, some are spooky, and all are fascinating. There are always candies around at Halloween. There are so much you can do with candies beside eating them. Try these fun 15 Candies STEM Activities. You can find some for all ages. We always carve pumpkins… Read More

Math Homework Answers On The Go post image

Have your kids ever got stuck on a math problem, not sure how to solve it? Have you ever run into the situation that kids needed help on math homework, yet you can't help? This free PhotoMath app can help you. It is an app that can provide math homework answers and show you the solutions. All you need do is to take a picture of the problem. It is almost magic when I first heard about it. You do… Read More

Easy Science and Math Activities with Candies post image

Who doesn't like candies? There are so many holidays and celebration occasions are centered around candies, Easter, Halloween, Valentine, Birthday, ... Why not use different sweets for some fun STEM activities before eating them? These candy science experiments, math activities, engineering building projects, ... are so fun and delicious, kids will want to do them again and again. They are also very easy, no preparation needed. We thoroughly enjoyed this candy rainbow. It is so easy to do. All you… Read More

Free LEGO Movie Super Hero Math – hands on Activities for Area and Perimeter post image

Almost all the kids I know loved the LEGO Movies. When the 2nd one LEGO Batman Movie released, I found this free LEGO Movie STEM Challenge from Scholastic. I loved the activity ideas, so I designed several extension activities to add to it. Today I share this one to go with the Lesson 1 in Scholastic’s activities, Super Hero Math. It help kids learn geometry concepts like area and perimeter, practice measurements of length, calculate rectangle area, use 2-digit addition… Read More

Coding game for Thinking with the End Result in Mind post image

This is our last Hot Dog Coding Game in the series. The focus of this game is to help kids understand when and why you need backward thinking, or thinking the end result before starting your coding project planning. In the previous coding games, the objective of the game is singular, just one objective. However, in real world projects, there are usually more than one objectives. Sometimes these objectives are even intertwined together. This is a typical scenario to start… Read More

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 challenge science 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 science project is for kids to learn physics science, design process, engineering while having fun. If you'd like… 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