Calling all little scientists!
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Along with Lakeshore Learning Stores regular Saturday FREE kids crafts, stores will be hosting a FREE Science Fair this Saturday January 16th. You are invited to come and check out hands on experiments, see new products in action and take part in the regular scheduled kids craft (which is science themed as well). This FREE fun is from 11am – 3pm. And listed below is the upcoming FREE kids craft schedule.
January Kids Crafts
- January 16th 11am-3pm – Wacky Scientist Head Band
- January 23rd 11am-3pm – Cozy Winter Puppet
- January 30th 11am-3pm – Peekaboo Groundhog
Febuary Kids Crafts
- Febuary 6th 11am-3pm – Lots of Love Suncatcher
- Febuary 13th 11am-3pm – President’s Day Masks
- Febuary 20th 11am-3pm – Chore Chart Door Hanger
- Febuary 27th 11am-3pm – Fantastically Funny Fish
Have fun crafting and experimenting!
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It’s Computer Science Education Week! Let’s get coding!
This week, December 7th to December 13th, is Computer Science Education week. This is a great time to get kids involved in STEM learning and coding. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. These are fast growing career fields and are an important part of a well rounded education. *This may also be called STEAM, which is when Arts are included. Arts are none the less important for young learners, but for this week I’m shining the light more on computer science based STEM.*
What is Coding? Well coding is basically the tool to communicate your ideas with a computer or program to bring them to life. Technology is a big part of everyday life now, so learning to code even just having a basic understanding can help in so many ways. And just with anything it’s great to start learning you so you can build and retain the information.
So to celebrate this week lets get coding! Hour of Code is a Global event that is a great introduction to coding and computer science. Check out tutorials and ways to get coding on hourofcode.com From here you can see events and coding happening in your area and all around the World.
Great Sites for kids
Some great sites for kids to learn and explore coding are Code.org and Madewithcode.com.
Code is making coding fun and out of this world with a new Star Wars themed activity. Join the fierce leading ladies of the Star Wars Universe build a galaxy. This game is recomended for children ages 6-106 years. And is accessible on smartphones, tablets and most browsers.
Made with Code
I’ve shared this awesome site before but Made with Code is a great site for all coding learners. There is activities for all levels, resources and information on events and classes in your community. Though the site is geared towards girls there’s no real rule that excludes boys from using it. The reason Made with Code is geared towards girls is because less than 1% of girls study computer science and Made with Code is aiming to change that. It is creating ways for girls to gain interest and take advantage of the growing field.
STEM is much more than just a week long event. The sites above can be visited anytime, the fun and learning can continue even after this week is done. So get to coding!
“Smart is the new cool”
Ok that slogan alone had me wanting to check out the new Project Mc2 dolls and kits. So what is Project Mc2 you might be asking, well it is a new line for kids that is focused on STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) learning and fun. The line features four young girls who have been recruited by a secret spy organization. The Project Mc2 girls are also apart of a series that is on Netflix and also check out the YouTube page for clips and demos from them. Project Mc2 also has an App availed for iOS, where you’re able to help the girls solve cases using scientific techniques. And last but not least of course there is projectmc2.com which gives bios on all the girls, activities and games to do and also video clips. Ok now it’s time to talk about these awesome new toys!
It was basically a given that my little skater girl would get a skateboarding doll and one that comes with a little science project was just the cherry on top. Camryn’s skateboard has you assemble her rocket board by flowing some unique blue prints.
The doll/kit comes with almost everything to complete the experiment. The only items extra that were needed was a cup of water and a paint brush. This is what I really loved about it, since I go to get science kits and then need to go out and get extra supplies. Now this was just the Camryn kit the other three girls do use a few more materials but most of which are common household items like vegetable oil and baking soda.
My daughter had a fun time revealing th hidden blue print and after that it was time to put the board together. We are no strangers to assembling skateboards so doing this mini one was a cinch for my munchkin. But over all the instructions are fairly simple to follow.
The finished project!
So here is the end result, I would have to say my kiddo was so happy to do a little project instead of just assembling the board with regular instructions. She’s now asking for more sets! Besides the experiment she really likes all the girls in the Project Mc2 line. They promote smart girls and are such a positive influence. The clothing on them is so fun and more in tune with the apparel of young girls. There are dolls available that do not come with an experiment which is nice so you can just get the girls if the projects don’t interest your little one. And there is also just experiment kits available as well.
My daughter is definitely drooling over this awesome Lab Kit. It looks perfect for the scientist on the go.
The Project Mc2 series can be found at Target, Walmart, Toys’R’Us and even JoAnn’s. The dolls range from range from $14.99 to $24.99 and the kits are up to $54.99 (The Ultimate Lab Kit). Go and check these amazing smart girls out for your self!
Image courtesy of Google
FREE Summer STEM Camp!
This summer Google has partnered with Kahn Academy, National Geographic and National Parks Services to bring Camp Google. Camp Google is a FREE online STEM camp geared for kids ages 7-10 years, but is open to kids of all ages. Each week is a new theme focusing on STEM areas such as the Ocean, Space, Nature and Music. You can revisit a previous weeks activities, so there’s no missing out. Campers learn about the subjects from experts and are giving instructions on how to participate with experiments at home. Complete weekly activities to earn badges. This is great fun free way to keep learning engaging this summer!
Happy STEM camping!
This July Apple Camp is back!
Did you know that Apple Stores offer FREE STEM Summer Camps for kids ages 8 to 12 years old. Kids are able to let their imaginations run wild while learning how to use computer programming for such things as Movie Making or Digital Storybooks. Camps are for three days and are an hour and half long each day. There are two camps to choose from; Stories in Motion with iMovie and Interactive Storytelling with iBooks. Apple Camp sessions begin July 20th and conclude the week of August 5th.
My daughter at the Interactive Storytelling Camp Session last summer
Last summer my daughter attended the Interactive Storytelling Camp at our local Apple Store. She had an absolute blast at Camp. She learned how to use illustrator, power point and at the end of camp showed of her story during a little presentation to her fellow campers and their parents. At the start of Apple Camp she was provided with a Camp t-shirt and employee style name badge. On the last day of camp she was given an Apple Camp bracket that concealed a USB containing her digital storybook. She loved when it was camp days and asked to be signed up for more, unfortunately we were unable to since camps fill up extremely fast. So this year I checked everyday for when registration would be open (even though I signed up to receive an email when it does), I’m a little impatient. But my persistence has paid off, my daughter is registered for both camps and I am sharing this opportunity to everyone!
That’s right Apple Camp registration is now open! I haven’t even received the email to announce registration openings yet, so this is a way to stay ahead of everyone by using the link provided to register now. You can find a local store and reserve a spot for your child now at applersvp.com
Camp spaces are very limited, you don’t want to have to wait another year for your kids to attend these great camps!
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The 1st Saturday of every month Home Depot offers a FREE workshop for kids. The workshops are geared toward children ages 5-12 and run from 9am to Noon. In the workshop kids build a craft such as a birdhouse, race car, or pencil holder. The builds teach children how to use some basic tools and how to following instructions. If it is your child’s first workshop your child will receive their own Home Depot apron and a pin for completing the project (they continue to receive a pin after completion of each workshop attended). Home Depot does ask you to register online for the workshop so they can have enough materials. Click on the link provided to register for the next Kids Workshop.
Both of my kiddos have had a blast at the workshops. The employees are always so cheerful and so hopeful. They love to build and are always so proud of the work they do. My son especially loves when he gets to build a “toy” such as a airplane or race car. He’ll walk around the store after the build showing off what he helped build. These workshops are really a great FREE activity for kids.
May’s Kid Workshop
May’s Kids Workshop is a project perfect for Mother’s Day. Your child/children will learn how to build a Picket Fence Photo Frame, which can make a great Mother’s Day Gift.
Have fun building!
Monthly “Crates” are a growing trend right now. Crates are boxes sent monthly to you that contain specialized items or samples. They are an excellent way to try out new products. You can find a crate to fit almost anyone’s taste/want. There are some great crates out there for kids that provide monthly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) projects. One such company is Kiwi Crate.
Kiwi Crate provides creative hands-on activites/crafts to keep learning fun. The crates are geared toward children between the ages of 4 to 8 years. Right now Kiwi Crate has partnered with Gymboree to support active play and KaBOOM! Right now you can get a limited edition crate for only $5 and your purchase will benefit KaBOOM! a national non-profit organization that works to provide children with daily balanced and active play. Click here to purchase your limited edition mini crate from Kiwi Crate and Gymboree. All proceeds from your purchase will go to KaBOOM!
My Wind Cars Crate
- All materials to create and decorate a set of wind cars.
- 16 page explore! magazine that features DIY activies, recipes for kids, and puzzles.
- Bonus Hop’n’Roll paperdoll project
More from Kiwi Crate
Kiwi Crate may be meant for children ages 4 to 8 years but there are other crates provides through the company for other age groups.
- Koala Crate – Ages 3-4
Perfect for budding little artists. Monthly play-and-learn activites that encourage creativity in preschoolers. Every month is a new theme that can range from exploring colors to going on a safari.
- Tinker Crate – Ages 9-14+
A Laboratory in every box. Monthly hands-on experiments to explore science, technology and engineering. Helps to develope creative problem solving skills
- Doodle Crate – Ages 9-16+
A Studio for hands on creativity. Monthly DIY projects to inspire kids to design and create through fun crafting materials.
Encourage your kids creativity and imagination while supporting a great cause!
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Lakeshore Learning Stores will be hosting a fun Science Fair this Saturday January 17th from 11am to 3pm. Kids are invited to get hands on and have fun learning some great STEM activities. There will be some little experiments as well as creating a catapult! This is a nice change up from the weekly crafts offered in store. Find a store nearest you by clicking here.
Have fun at the Science Fair!
FREE Mini Build at all Lego Stores is the 1st Tuesday of every month. The builds are for children ages 6-14 only. The Mini Build is held at 5pm and stores have a limited supply so be sure to arrive a little early.
January Mini Build and other events
It’s out of this world fun for this months mini build. Visit your local Lego Store on January 6th to build a friendly Alien and his Space Dog. Build starts at 5pm and goes until supplies run out.
January’s Lego Club meeting will be on the 24th. For this months club meeting attendees will be doing a build and take, so they will work with a Brick Specialist on a mini build that they will be able to take home with them. Club meetings are for kids ages 6-14 only and the cost to attend is $10 per child. Club meeting is an hour before store opening and pre-registration is required.
Image from stores.lego.com
Stop in between January 12 – 18th for a Search and Find activity. Help Detective Ace Brickman solve the mystery and find the cookies that lead to the bad guys hiding place to earn a Lego Detective Badge Sticker.
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Come play and race the Lego Friends vehicles on in-store ramps from January 19th until February 15th.
The Lego Store at Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego
These FREE builds are an awesome way to add another fun set to your child’s Lego collection. Playing with Legos is a great way to encourage your child’s imagination and to help them with the development of essential skills such as problem solving and fine motor skills. Be sure to check out all the events Lego Stores have to offer such as Lego Club sign up days and Lego Club Movie days. Click here to find a store nearest you.
Have fun building!
I stumbled upon this little awesome find at Target while looking for ideas for holiday gifts. Target has added some new selections to their toy section in the style of boutique shops. The one that really caught my eye was the Wonderology Discovery Kits. These are easy and fun STEM based kits. Best of all the are very affordable with prices per kit ranging from $9.99 to $19.99! The kit includes everything needed to preform the experiment/activity. I know a little junior scientist in my home who would love a few of these!
These are just some of the kits that really caught my eye. I know my little Dino lovers would be ecstatic to dig up a prehistoric creature and assemble the fossils. If you have a little aspiring scientist in your home be sure to check these awesome kits out!