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Where Good Stories Begin
Explore your choice of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics with these fun, educational activities for kids.
From Amazing Amphibians
Invite toads to move into your yard or garden with this adorable toad abode.
From Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids
One way to heighten your observation skills is to go on a nature walk with a list of things to find!
From George Washington Carver for Kids
Cantaloupe rinds and egg cartons will disappear as living microbes turn your garbage into food for your garden.
From Junk Drawer Biology
Learn how to extract DNA from common fruit.
From Marie Curie for Kids
You will probably never split atoms, but you can split water!
From Junk Drawer Chemistry
Create your own battery using items from your family’s junk drawer.
From Code-Cracking for Kids
Different versions of Alberti’s cipher disk were used through the centuries, all based on the same simple idea.
From Beyond the Solar System
Are the skies around you quiet enough for a radio telescope? Find out by making and using your own RFI detector.
From The Apollo Missions for Kids
Use yarn to re-create the shape of the command module to get an idea of how big it really was . . . or wasn’t.
From The Racecar Book
This cardboard-infused rolling machine is perfect for the great indoors.
From The Art of the Catapult
The onager-style catapult was among the most successful catapult designs ever created.
From Junk Drawer Engineering
Engineering Challenge: Build a table out of newspaper that will hold up a book!
Young artists sort buttons into grids, sorting by attributes such as size.
From Number Sense and Nonsense
“What multiplies by dividing?” Mike challenged Jonathan. “That’s impossible,” replied Jonathan. “I know that multiplication and division are opposites. To multiply by dividing is nonsense. What’s the answer?”
From Junk Drawer Geometry
Compare area to perimeter with wheat crackers.