• Summer Learning
    10 Best Backyard Science Experiments to Try This Summer
    Just because school is out doesn't mean brain drain needs to set in. Transform your backyard into your very own science lab and have a blast with these awesome summer science experiments. As you conduct your experiments, ask your child what they ...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    Summer Learning
    10 Everyday Ways to Explore Science While Having Fun
    Simple science lessons are all around us during the summer. Prevent summer brain drain in your kids with these mini science experiments and activities for children of all ages. Expand their knowledge of meteorology, zoology, botany, chemistry, an...
    Erin Dower
  • Best Toys
    11 Awesome STEM Toys to Get Kids into Science & Math
    It's smart to nurture your child's love of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)! Exploring science and math for fun could help give your child an edge in these subjects in school and beyond. According to the U.S. Department of Labor,...
    Erin Dower
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    Nighttime Binoculars
    Nighttime Binoculars Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: 2 toilet paper tubes 4 large rubber bands 2 squares clear plastic wrap or tinted cellophane Crayons Star-shaped stickers (o...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Blown Pictures
    Blown Pictures Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 10 minutes Materials: Tempera paint Plastic spoons Light-colored construction or bond paper Plastic straws This is a fun way for your child to learn ab...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Cloud Pictures
    Cloud Pictures Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Materials: Nonmenthol shaving cream White craft glue Thick paintbrushes Your child will learn a bit about clouds and explore a unique textur...
  • Family Life
    Global Warming
    The Greenhouse Effect Experiments
    The Greenhouse Effect ExperimentsWith all the talk about global warming these days, do you know how to explain the greenhouse effect to your kids? For a great example of this phenomenon, look no further than your own driveway! Did you know... Yo...
    Dennis Randall
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    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
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  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Rain Painting
    Rain Painting Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: Food coloring Paper plate This is a great way for your child to observe how water reacts with other materials. Your child will als...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    World's Fair
    World's Fair Required: Reference materials Drawing supplies If you and your child can't travel to visit the next World's Fair, how about bringing the next World's Fair into your living room? Assign family members specific countries, and they can...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    Sum of Their Parts
    Sum of Their Parts Required: Your time only Here's a nuts-and-bolts activity that you and your child are sure to enjoy. It's also a great way of finding out what your child knows about nuts, bolts, and a host of other common "building blocks." W...
  • School and Learning
    Math
    Eureka! 5 Easy Ways to Grow Kids' STEM Skills at Home
    Eureka! 5 Easy Ways to Grow Kids' STEM Skills at Home STEM — yikes! Science, technology, engineering, and math (the "STEM" subjects) are important areas of learning for any student — but they sure can be intimidating for parents who are tr...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Imaginative Play
    Spinners
    Spinners Required: Paper plate, thin cardboard, brad, scissors, markers Some things are best left to fate… and other things are best left to fortune-tellers. Here's an easy way for your child to make a fortune-telling device that's guaranteed ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    Science Fair
    Science Fair Required: Research materials Drawing supplies Is your child eager to demonstrate his or her scientific knowledge? Why not organize an at-home science fair and invite everyone in the family to participate? Each person can select a to...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    The Gravity of the Situation
    The Gravity of the Situation Required: Your time only Here's an activity that will help your child appreciate the importance of sticking to his or her principles—scientific principles, that is. Choose a scientific principle—say, gravity—an...
  • Summer Learning
    10 Best Backyard Science Experiments to Try This Summer
    Just because school is out doesn't mean brain drain needs to set in. Transform your backyard into your very own science lab and have a blast with these awesome summer science experiments. As you conduct your experiments, ask your child what they ...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
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  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    Do-It-Yourself "Ologies"
    Do-It-Yourself "Ologies" Required: Your time only Quick! What are the three most important laws of pizzology (the study of pizzas)? Don't worry if you don't know—in fact, it's your job to make them up. That's the whole idea behind this activit...