physics for kids


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


As many households with young kids, we have A LOT of old crayons. For some time I’ve wanted to recycle our old broken crayon by melting them. I had several Ikea rubber ice trays, and with Valentine’s day approaching, I thought we could use our old crayons to make a […]

The Science Behind Melting Crayons – A Valentine’s Day Science ...


I love toys that unintentionally help my kids explore STEM concepts. Unfortunately, many toys advertised as STEM are expensive. But I’ve found 25 Dollar Tree  toys that will spark your child’s interest in STEM, and not totally blow the budget! Wondering what concept their exploring? I’ve also listed the concept […]

25 Dollar Tree Toys for Exploring STEM!



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!




In my last post I shared a simple experiment with my son that taught him about Center of Mass. While we were doing the experiment, we were also playing with another physics concept; the Law of Inertia. Inertia is an object’s resistance to change it’s state of motion. For example, […]

Law of Inertia Experiment using a Fidget Spinner!


To most people, Center of Mass seems like a concept only high school and college aged students could understand. But my oldest son (who’s just entering second grade) recently came up with an experiment that introduced him to the concept of center of mass. As with many households, the fidget […]

Center of Mass Fidget Spinner Experiment


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 ...