Bubble. Pop. Fizz. Check out this ultimate-list of ideas and science inspiration for kids. We’ve got resources for finding awesome at-home experiments, the best YouTube channels to follow, and more. Below you’ll find…
- 10+ Blog Resources for Ongoing Science Inspiration
- A Simple Summer Go-To Resource for Busy Parents
- 7+ Awesome Science-Focused YouTube Channels
- 11 TED Talks to Watch with Kids
Let’s get started…
10+ Blog Resources for Ongoing Science Inspiration
I’ve always loved this Montessori quote…
Below are 10+ wonderful websites that share science in a beautiful way.
- Lemon Lime Adventure | See Site
- TinkerLab | See Experiments
- What We Do All Day | Check Out Activities
- Babble Dabble Do | See Videos
- No Time for Flashcards | See the Site
- Hands on as We Grow | Weekly Toddler Activities
- The Artful Parent | See Experiments
- Kids Activity Blog | See the Site
- All for the Boys | See Experiments
- Science Sparks | Read Guest Post + See the Site
- Left Brain Craft Brain | See the Site
A Simple Summer Science Go-To Resource
The aforementioned sites are all great resources, but sometimes, despite my best intentions… I struggle getting kids activities set-up during the summer. What I love about Kiwi Crate is the box has everything (and I mean everything) your little one needs to do an educational project. See a sample crate:
What this means for you? No running around looking for scissors, glue, or experiment ingredients. It also means a nice solid chunk of peace and quiet. When I hand over the Kiwi Crate, the girls go right to it. It is a great way to foster concentration and independence.
You’d think, since this post is focused around science activities, that the awesome project is what makes me love Kiwi Crate, but it’s not. THIS is what won me over…
Using the sibling add-on option, we had enough supplies to make two catapults. As soon as the girls finished them, they immediately went outside and created a catapult game based on accuracy and distance. They’d shoot the catapult, measure, allocate points and then update their tension accordingly.
Next the girls found additional ways to engineer new and improved catapults with random things from around the house … like a pink ice-cream spoon.
7 Awesome Science-Focused YouTube Channels
Why? Why? Why? When your child was a toddler, you probably heard this question ALL THE TIME. Yet as children get older, sometimes their sense of curiosity can start to wane. This collection of science YouTube channels is sure to inspire them and get them asking “Why?” all over again.
1. SciShow – See Channel | View Most Popular Videos
YouTube Description: SciShow discusses science news and history and concepts. With equal parts skepticism and enthusiasm, we go a little deeper…without going off the deep end. Most of the time, anyway.
If the topics covered are too advanced for your kids, check this out instead!
(or) SciShow Kids – See Channel | View Most Popular Videos
YouTube Description: SciShow Kids explores all those curious topics that make us ask “why?” Whether conducting experiments, researching new questions, or talking with experts, there’s always something new to discover with SciShow Kids, no matter what your age!
3. SciGirls – See Channel | View Most Popular Videos
YouTube Description: SciGirls is a PBS series for kids ages 8-12 that showcases bright, curious real tween girls putting science and engineering to work in their everyday lives. Each half-hour episode follows a different group of middle school girls, whose eagerness to find answers to their questions will inspire your children to explore the world around them and discover that science and technology are everywhere!
Seasons 1 & 2 of SciGirls is also available on Amazon Prime Instant Video.
5. National Geographic Kids – See Channel | View Most Popular Videos
YouTube Description: A new channel that excites and inspires kids to explore their world through fun and entertaining science and educational programming.
7. Get Smarter Every Day – See Channel | View Most Popular Videos
YouTube Description: I explore the world using science. That’s pretty much all there is to it. Watch two videos. If you learn something AWESOME, subscribe.
Note to parents: Please preview these recommended channels before viewing them with your child. Adult supervision is recommended any time your child is on YouTube.
BONUS SCIENCE RESOURCES:
- Encouraging Curiosity: 10 Playful Science Experiments for Kids
- 7 Science Experiments to “Spark” Your Child’s Curiosity
- Totally Awesome Science Experiments on YouTube
- Pinspiration: Kids Science + Creative Learning
- 11 TED Talks to Watch with Kids
What are your favorite science resources? Let’s chat in the comments!
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