Tag archives for science

  1. Apps we like: Toca Lab

    I’ve said before that we try to avoid too much screen time.  However, there are some very important technical skills that kids need to have in the world they will enter.  There are also some incredible learning tools out there. One that we have really loved (for all ages!) is Toca Lab.  It’s available for…

  2. Magic.

    “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – W.B. Yeats Spring is a magical time. Life returns after a long sleep. We took a hike on a little-known trail the other day. Our path led us up the side of the mountain and round a bend, right…

  3. The Cosmos – back and better than ever

    Did you grow up having your mind blown by Carl Sagan and The Cosmos?  I did. I can still remember the sleepy, dream-like state of my mind, stretching into the universe, brought on by that signature voice. There is only one popular scientist I’ve ever enjoyed more than good old Carl, and I can’t believe…

  4. Apps I like: Human Body by Tinybop

    We’ve recently begun using Tinybop’s Human Body app and we are nuts about it! The Human Body is the first app in the Tinybop Explorer’s Library. Everything, from the bones and brain to cells and veins, is animated by particle physics in this interactive playscape. Children can poke, probe, and examine the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory,…

  5. Water

    One of my girls was really interested recently in the water cycle.  I found this page at the Water Project really useful.  It has a handy little animation and narration about the water cycle, as well as some really fun and simple little activities. It also has a very simple and powerful way to get kids…

  6. Baby birds

    We went to an open, grassy space a while back and just spent the day.  I sat on the grass with the baby and let them explore. My little 4-year-old is fascinated with birds.  She found a tree with a nest and some baby birds that were getting able to hop in and out of…

  7. Backyard Volcano

    Several years ago, my daughter was fascinated with volcanoes.  This is a simple backyard “volcano” you can make with everyday household ingredients.  Does it mimic a real volcano with molten reactions?  No.  But it’s a lot of fun to make something safely erupt. :)  Here’s what we did, in case you’d like to do the…