STEM toys


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


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 ...



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!