engineering projects for kids


In second grade, my oldest studied the layers of the ocean. As a fun activity at home, I thought we could bring what he learned alive by modeling the layers. As it turned out, making the layers of the ocean was also a great simple activity to teach density for […]

Making the Layers of the Ocean-A Density Activity


“Let it rip!” Anyone who plays with beyblades knows what this means. Any time all three of my boys are together, you can hear their beyblades battling after they “rip” them from their¬†beyblade launchers. Even my two year old knows to shout “Let it rip!” My husband has even joined […]

Easy Beyblade Science Experiment: Explore Different Types of Beyblades


STEM education is thought of as relevant for first grade and up. But I believe STEM education starts as early as possible!¬† I love doing experiments with my sons because it is growing their love of learning. They are seeing that learning is not just done within the walls of […]

STEM Activities for Kindergarten



Awhile back, my son and I decided to recycle some of his old crayons around Valentine’s Day. We tried melting some broken red, white, and pink crayons, and melting them all at the same time. But while we waited for them to melt, we had some unexpected results, which left […]

Rainbow Crayon – a Crayon Melting Point Experiment


I thought this year my son could make his teacher a special Valentine’s Day card. I wanted to use some of what we had learned about making a simple circuit from our Tinker Crate boxes. So I found a paper circuit kit, and we set off to make a special […]

Make a Light up Card with a Simple Circuit!


During winter break, my son and I decided to work on one of his Tinker Crate projects. Many of the boxes we’ve received have involved building electrical circuits, as did the first project we decided to work on. I struggled with understanding circuits in college, so I love how Tinker […]

Building Electrical Circuits and Playing with Light



My oldest son just finished studying matter in science. After school I was talking to him about what he learned about matter. I asked him if he had learned what shape the molecules made. He wasn’t sure, and I told him it depended on the type of material. For example, […]

Material Science Activity – Building a molecular structure!


Whether I’m looking for a Christmas present, or a birthday gift, I always try to give gifts that help kids become interested in Engineering. But I don’t really like giving the standard “STEM” type toys or kits, but always find something that will allow the kid to explore a STEM […]

15 Unexpected STEM Gifts for Toddlers


One of my favorite classes in college was materials science. Materials science is the study of how materials act and why they act that way. Materials Engineers answer questions like “How can I make a jacket that is bullet-proof?” (answer Kevlar, what bullet proof vests are made of), or “I […]

Tensile Strength Experiment: Find the Strongest Spider Web!



A few months ago, my son’s monthly Tinker Crate project was building a spin art machine! Do you remember those from when you were a child? I do! I loved watching all the patterns and shapes just a drop of paint could make when it moved in a circle. The […]

Halloween Rock Painting for Kids using Physics!