Thaumatrope Snow Globes

First of all, what is a thaumatrope? A thaumatrope, roughly translated from ancient Greek as “wonder turn,” is the most basic of paper movies.  By simply moving a handle, a thaumatrope creates the optical illusion of two images merged into one. Since … Continue reading

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Balancing Buddies

Using art and physics, this simple craft plays with an object’s center of gravity to make a fun little toy that surprises and delights little engineers! Throw a ball in the air and gravity pulls it right back down, but not everything falls straight … Continue reading

Paper Bridges

A bridge is a structure built to span a gap or obstacle without closing the opening underneath.  For example, a bridge may provide passage over a river, a valley or a road.   The design of a bridge varies depending on its function, the terrain of its location, and the construction method and building … Continue reading

Paint Chip Building Blocks

Paint chips are not only an easy way to start exploring the basics of color theory.  They provide a they a great material for creating colorful and sturdy building blocks! Start with a variety of colorful paint chips, showing 7 levels … Continue reading

Paper Columns

Architects and engineers have designed many clever ways to support the walls and roof of a building.  In ancient Greece, the most common supports were columns.  For a column to work properly, it must withstand the force of compression created … Continue reading

Spin Art with Snap Circuits

  Snap Circuits provides excellent interactive lessons in creating electrical circuits through a balance of guided instruction and experimentation.  By following the manual’s clear illustrations and easy-to-follow directions, little engineers use hands-on activities to gaining a valuable understanding of how electrical … Continue reading

Art + Math on the Go

Successful travel with small children takes patience and preparation.   Art and math entertainment can make that time waiting or traveling much more enjoyable for kids and parents alike.  From waiting for restaurant meals to arrive to boarding an airplane for a very long … Continue reading

Growing Snow Crystals

Growing Snow Crystals

Have you grown crystals to make a snowflake (or rather a snow crystal!) this winter?     This winter-themed, kid-friendly project utilizes fine motor skills, creativity, science observation, and mathematical skills, including addition, multiplication, estimating and measuring. To get started, first you and … Continue reading

Architecture “Body Building”

Architecture “Body Building”

Physics can be a complicated subject for young (and old) students.  Experiencing these basic structural principles though architecture provides a fun introduction to the basic concepts of external and internal forces for elementary and middle school age children.  Plus, working in small … Continue reading

Snow Crystal Geometry

Children are always learning from the world around them.  When studying mathematics and science can be connected to their everyday surroundings, children more readily engage in these activities.  Right now, as we brace for this very cold winter, snow and ice … Continue reading