engineering toys


A few weeks ago, my son and I reverse engineered a fidget spinner. We learned what the toy was made out of, and talked about how we could make one for ourselves. The fidget spinner included 4 bearings (one being a high speed bearing) and a plastic case. In the […]

How to make a Fidget Spinner


Many toys are a great for introducing physics for kids. I love how so many of my son’s toys have introduced him to complicated concepts without him even realizing it. From Hot Wheels tracks to fidget spinners, my son’s toys have opened so many opportunities for him to learn about […]

Physics for kids with Beyblades


It’s May the Fourth, and if you’re a Star Wars fan, you may also know this day as May the Fourth Be with You, a nod to common phrase in the famous movies. Since we’re BIG Star Wars fans at my house, I thought it would be a perfect day […]

May the 4th Be With You: 21 Ways to Teach ...



One of my favorite electives in college was about Biomechanical Engineering. The class basically broke down the entire human body into levers and other simple machines. So you can imagine how excited I was when one of my son’s Tinker Crates involved building a mechanical hand! My son already learned […]

Teach Your Kid about Biomechanical Engineering


After our last Tinker Crate, my son immediately asked me when we would be getting the next one.  I told him not for another month, and his face fell.  He loves making, learning, and experimenting with things, as well as uninterrupted time with mom. When last month’s box finally came […]

The Mechanics Behind Our Hands


My oldest son recently turned 7. Most of his gifts were Legos and Star Wars related, but one of his toys was a Hahaone robot. While we enjoyed spending time building the robot together, my son out-engineered me in an unexpected way! The Time my Son Out Engineered Me! Post […]

The Time my Son Out Engineered Me!



My kids got a lot of great learning toys this Christmas. None of them are your traditional “learning” toy though. One of their educational toys is one kids have been playing with since I was a kid. The toy is not traditionally thought of as educational, but while I watched […]

A Fun way to Teach Newton’s First Law of Motion


Late last year I decided to try out a Tinker Crate subscription box for my son.  He’s a very active kid both physically and mentally.  I thought the subscription box would be a great way to keep his mind active, while teaching him about engineering.  You can read all about […]

Exploring Polymers by Making Slime