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  • Water Tornado Science Activity for Kids
    Science Activities
    Tornado in a Bottle
    Tornado in a BottleMaterials 2 clear plastic large soda bottles Tape Water Food coloring (optional) Directions Fill one of the bottles three-quarters full of water. Add a couple drops of food coloring. Invert the other bottle so that it sits on t...
  • Balloon Rocket Science Activity
    Science Activities
    Balloon Rocket
    Balloon RocketMaterials Balloon Paper clips Thin wire or string Tape Drinking straws Directions Hang the wire or string across the room. Make a rocket that will propel itself along the wire. Use the balloon to provide the rocket's power and the s...
  • Pictures Instead of Words Activity for Kids
    Puzzles
    Rebus-Making
    Rebus-MakingMaterials Paper Pencil Colored pens Directions You can create a letter or story using pictures and symbols instead of words. This is called a REBUS. Here are some examples: instead of "I," draw an eye instead of "can," draw a wateri...
  • Floating Needle Science Activity for Kids
    Science Activities
    Floating Needle
    Floating NeedleMaterials Water Bowl Newspaper Sewing needle Liquid detergent Directions Cut out a piece of newspaper about two inches square. Fill the bowl with water and float the newspaper on the surface of the water. Place the needle in the ce...
  • Paper Airplane Science Activity for Kids
    Science Activities
    Paper Airplane
    Paper AirplaneMaterials Sheets of plain paper (recycled preferably) Stopwatch or watch with a second hand Directions The object of this activity is to make a paper airplane and to see how long it can stay in the air. Try several shapes and desig...
  • Make-A-Tower Science Activity for Kids
    Science Activities
    Paper Tower
    Paper TowerMaterials Sheets of paper, 8½ x 11 inches Paper clips Directions How high can you build a tower using only paper and paper clips? Your design should include a firm, broad base and some creative ways to make the tower as tall as possi...
  • Child playing in the sand with family in the background
    Summer Learning
    7 Great Places to Squeeze in Summer Learning
    Summer learning doesn't have to take a lot of time or resources. Although structured activities are great, quick and easy lessons on the fly are an educational (and much simpler) way to squeeze in a quick math or science session. The next time yo...
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  • AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Could Be Healthy
    AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Can Be Healthy
    When it comes to screen time and kids, it isn't all bad news. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidelines on how to make screen time healthy and educational.
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  • Egg Drop Science Activity for Kids
    Science Activities
    Egg Drop
    Egg DropMaterials Raw egg (and a few extra) Packing materials String or tape Directions The object of this activity is to wrap up an egg so that it won't break when dropped from a height. The recommended height is 12-15 feet. Design a container ...
  • Snow Globe Activity for Kids
    Science Activities
    Snow Jar
    Snow JarMaterials 1 jar with screw-top lid Waterproof glue Wallpaper paste Glitter Paints (oil-based) Small toys, ornaments, miniature trees Directions If you can't get to the snow in the wintertime, make some of your own. Take the jar lid and g...
  • Read-Aloud Activity for Kids
    Reading Activities
    Reading Aloud
    Reading AloudMaterials Book Cassette tape recorder Directions Children should be encouraged to read aloud. They also like to listen while someone else reads to them. In order for oral reading to be a comfortable experience, it should be practice...
  • Raisin Bubbles Science Activity for Kids
    Science Activities
    Bouncing Raisins
    Bouncing RaisinsMaterials 6 raisins Glass tumbler Vinegar Baking soda (or Alka Seltzer tablet) Directions Pour a cup of water into the glass jar. Add one teaspoon of baking soda and stir until dissolved. Gently add one-fourth cup of vinegar and w...
  • Winter Reading Log Activity
    Reading Activities
    Winter Reading Log
    Winter Reading LogMaterials Small notebook Pen or pencil Directions There is nothing better to do on a cold winter day than curl up somewhere warm with a good book. At the first day of winter, start your Winter Reading Log. Enter the date and th...
  • Drawing Pictures from Your Kids
    Reading Activities
    Illustrate Your Favorite Book
    Illustrate Your Favorite BookMaterials Paper Art materials Directions Remember those picture books you read as a child? Have you ever read a book with no pictures? Did you wish there were some? Here is an opportunity to illustrate one of your fa...
  • Pictures Instead of Words Activity for Kids
    Puzzles
    Rebus-Making
    Rebus-MakingMaterials Paper Pencil Colored pens Directions You can create a letter or story using pictures and symbols instead of words. This is called a REBUS. Here are some examples: instead of "I," draw an eye instead of "can," draw a wateri...
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    Skill-Building Activities
    Skill Building Through Play
    Skill Building Through Play Before his second birthday, your one-year-old will learn, practice, and perhaps even master a remarkable number of skills. He will move from crawling to walking to running. He will go from babbling to chattering. On h...
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    Fact Monster - a safe online educational space for kids

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    Writing Activities
    Secret Letter Codes
    Secret Letter CodesMaterials Writing paper Pen Envelope Directions A secret code letter is exchanged between best friends only. You and your friend need to put your heads together and create a secret code that no one else can decipher or unders...