Mason Jar Solar Lights for Kids

DIY Solar Night Light feature

This month I'm blogging about science projects for a series of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) posts with a group of my favorite bloggers. More on that in a moment. But first, I'm excited to share our contribution of Mason Jar Solar Lights for Kids, aka Easy and Affordable Night Lights!  This week's theme is harness, and here's the definition that I'm … [Read more...]

Kids Science: Flying Tea Bag Hot Air Balloon

Flying tea bag hotair balloon experiment| Kid Science

My kids are fascinated by things that fly, and today I'm sharing the flying tea bag hot air balloon, a fun hands-on flying activity as part of a new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) series. More on that in a second...   Flying Tea Bag Experiment This is a quick activity that only requires a fire-safe area and a few supplies you most likely … [Read more...]

Easy Stop Motion Animation for Beginners

Easy Set-up for Stop Motion Animation with Kids | TinkerLab.com

While my girls have been in a little bit of camp this summer, it's mainly been Camp Mom for our family: local adventures, crafts, and lots and lots of unstructured play. We're lucky to have some great neighbors with kids, and our girls have been lost in imaginative play that expands beyond the reach of anything I could possibly fabricate for them. However, we've had a few … [Read more...]

Fun Science Experiments: Vinegar and Baking Soda

Baking Soda and Science Exploration | Fun Science Experiments | TinkerLab.com

My kids love fun science experiments. While cooking breakfast the other day, my three-year old asked about making concoctions with the breakfast supplies. While I'm all for mixing up ingredients with kids, I wasn't prepared to have a lot of good food go to waste. So we set up a classic concoction center with some baking soda and vinegar. So much fun! Supplies: Fun Kitchen … [Read more...]

OK Go’s The Writing’s on the Wall and Optical Illusions

OK Go's The Writing's on the Wall Music Video and Optical Illusion | TinkerLab.com

Have you seen the new OK Go video, The Writing's On the Wall? Holy Smokes, people -- if MC Escher were alive today, this is the sort of thing he would have come up with. All of OK Go's videos are impossibly imaginative, and they somehow seemed to have trumped their best work. See for yourself... From what I've read, they created this in just one take! Seriously. … [Read more...]

Cool Science Experiments | Make Curds and Whey

Science Demonstration: How to Make Curds and Whey | TinkerLab

Are you looking for cool science experiments? Here's a neat science demonstration for all the concoction-lovers out there: How to Separate Curds from Whey. With just two ingredients, it's incredibly simple and a great introduction to how some cheeses are made. Furthermore, you could make this a literary adventure by bringing this popular nursery rhyme to life: Little Miss … [Read more...]

Science Fair Project Ideas

Science Fair Project Ideas | TinkerLab

Are you in the market for some science fair project ideas? Well, hopefully this post will have you covered. These twelve science experiments encourage children to test, tinker with, experiment, hypothesize, and evaluate various properties and phenomena. Science Fair Project Supplies Most of our favorite science experiments involve everyday, household supplies because … [Read more...]

How to set up a Magic Potion Lab (with 3 Simple Tips)

How to set up a magic potion lab

When friends and readers talk to me about Tinkerlab, they almost always ask me about science projects. And with that, process-based experiments like the following magic potion lab inevitably come up. Today I'm over on one of my favorite blogs for childhood projects, No Time for Flash Cards, talking about one of my 3-year old's most requested activities. Won't you pop over … [Read more...]

Celery Science Experiment

distinct color

While I'm an art educator by trade, having small people pulling at my pants has turned me into a mini-alchemist who's suddenly found herself reading books to her kids about Galileo (The Magic Schoolbus and the Science Fair Expedition) and brewing all sorts of concoctions in our kitchen (vinegar and baking soda, anyone?). The celery science experiment is easy to achieve with … [Read more...]