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RGB Color Mixing with Coding Spring Template post image

Computer coding involves many different knowledge and skills. Have you ever tried color mixing with coding with kids? On computers, a very common color coding system is the RGB color model. According to wikipedia, “the RGB color model is an additive color model in which red, green and blue light are added together in various ways to reproduce a broad array of colors. The name of the model comes from the initials of the three additive primary colors, red, green… Read More

Crazy Fast Salt Crystal Christmas Ornaments – No Borax Needed post image

Holiday season is the busy time of the year. It is hard to find time to study or do science activities with kids. But learning doesn’t have to happen in isolation. We can definitely incorporate science learning into fun holiday activities, like this salt crystal ornament, a fun science activity with salt and water, for kids to learn about solubility and saturation. I am super excited because I found a way to grow the crystal very fast, in just couple… Read More

10 Apps to Make Movies Videos for Kids post image

Do your kids like to use your phone or tablet like iPad to take pictures and videos? Kids love make movies! Let them. They can learn stop motion animation, storytelling, art and music, … and have fun. Today we share movie-making video-making apps that allow kids to create movies or presentations with videos. As most of them are so easy to use, young children like preschool kids should be able to use many of them. Movie Maker Apps Kids Love… Read More

Easy Rock Paining Ideas for Kids STEM Projects post image

Rocks are easy to find. I recently find many awesome learning ideas for kids using painted rocks. I picked those easy ones with unique STEAM focus (Science Math Tech Engineering Art) to have a list of Easy Rock Painting STEAM Activity Ideas 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… Read More

Off screen with app – draw on egg

Egg painting with vinegar? You may wonder how. I am proud to say I invented it. It is a fun science craft activity combining science and art, and it started with an art app we were using to learn drawing. You can say it is a STEAM (Science Tech Engineer Art Math) project. Here is the story and the procedure for it, so you can do it too. It is very easy, and all you need are crayon and vinegar… Read More

Interactive Stories Told with Shapes post image

When we talk about shapes, we think about math, as it is part of the geometry; we also think about art, because all objects are in certain shapes. But have you thought about storytelling? Highlights Shapes is an app of fun stories for toddlers and preschooler that are built by shapes. What is more, these stories are interactive that kids help to create. When kids start the app, they are welcomed to 3 stories: the jungle, the deep sea, and… Read More

Best Learning Tools for Kids to Learn Drawing and Painting post image

We have put together quite a few learning tools for kids posts. Today we share best learning tools for kids to learn drawing. There are so much to learn about drawing, from simple shapes, to proportions, to colors, to different art effects. As we always do, the tools are listed by its target users’ age, tools for younger kids are listed at the beginning of the list, tools for older kids and adults are listed toward the bottom of the… Read More

3D Animation Tutorials for Beginners Using Blender post image

Have you tried 3D animation? Many scenes and characters in movies and video games are results of 3D animations. Today every one probably have seen some 3D animation effects. What is more, if you have used a presentation tool, like PowerPoint or Keynote, you probably have some experience creating 3D animations. Most presentation tools let you add certain animation effects, like the image dancing on the screen, or flying into the screen. But most of these presentation tools have limited… Read More

7 Online Art Programs for Kids post image

Art plays an important role in children’s development. It is not just for visual skills, it also help kids in many other areas, such as creativity, open mind, cultural awareness, fine motor skills, language development. However, not all parents know art, not to mention art education. How do I help my child learn art if I don’t know anything about art? You don’t need to be an artist to teach kids art. There are many free online art programs are… Read More

Learn Photo Editing History and Technique with Faking It post image

We are all familiar with the concept of photo editing thanks to the many photo editing tools and apps like photoshop. We can not only change the lighting and color of the picture, we can also add or take away parts of pictures, or combine several photos into one. You might think these photo editing is relatively new, but as I learned from Faking It, photo editing has been used for long time. Faking It is a free app from… Read More

Create Your Own Stop Motion Movies with GoldieBlox post image

GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine is a free app where kids can create their own stop motion movies. Kids can draw, color, create the movie screen by screen to see how stop-motion and animation works. It is designed for kids 4 and up, but even younger kids can use it. It is a great free app to have for family fun. When kids first start the app, they will watch a short movie explaining how animation works in a story… Read More

Art Project by Google post image

Google Art Project is part of Google Cultural Institute. It is an online world art museum created by Google. It has high resolution images of artworks from more than 150 museums around the world, and many museums also have 3D virtual art gallery tours. It is a wonderful free online tool for art lovers and a free field trip idea for kids to see the master pieces around the world, while sitting at your desk. To access on mobile devices… Read More

Lazoo Art Box by PBS Kids post image

Lazoo art box is a coloring book app created by PBS kids. This app offers a fun and interactive way for children to express their creativity and adds a new twist to a traditional coloring app. Art is a fundamental component of development and allows children to explore their creative side and encourage self-expression. Art can also help developing minds and personalities reach an even greater potential by empowering imagination. Tablets offer a great mess-free option to the world of art… Read More

Create Presentations and Video Stories with Shadow Puppet post image

Every time when we travel I like to ask my son to keep photos and to make a travel journal by the end. While doing this, he practiced his presenting and storytelling skills. In the meantime, we have a keepsake for us to review and remember what we’ve done for each vacation. It’s been fun for us. I introduced some best storytelling learning tools for kids, and today I have one more to share — Shadow Puppet. Shadow Puppet is… Read More

Save and Enjoy Kids Art Clutter-Free with ArtKive App post image

Every year kids bring home a lot art works from school. We had a closet just to store child’s art. Yet quickly we ran out of space. A couple years ago I found this app called ArtKive, and was so glad that I can just keep all the art works digitally to save all the space. Plus I can pick some of the art to make them into art books, for keepsake or for gifts. ArtKive is an app that… Read More