Monday, August 21, 2017

Science Toys that Spark Curiosity (Giveaway!)

15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway
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15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway


I've spoken on here often about how my kids love Science!  They ask a lot of questions, make observations, connect information, and always want to learn something new.



Fortunately, we live in an amazing time, where kids have access to so many cool Science Toys that spark their curiosity and ignite their imaginations.


Check out this list of 15 wonder-inspiring toys and don't forget to enter my first ever Giveaway at the end of the post!






15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway



I'm wrote a review of this microscope recently with free printables for preschoolers/kindergartners.  This is a great toy for budding scientists and would pair very nicely with a lab coat and tool set for pretend play.  How cute would it be to have a mini lab in your house?


15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway


It's no secret that we love frogs at our house.  We've even build a whole Science Center around them.  My kids would love to own this frog model, and I think it would look great on our shelf.


15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway


Thinking Putty is like play dough for older kids and adults.  It comes in all sorts of neat configurations like magnetic (shown above), glow-in-the-dark, metallic, and color-changing.  Each tin has different properties from slimy to stiff.  I think this would make a "just because" gift or stocking stuffer.


15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway


Robots are so cool and this little drawing robot is very cool.  He shakes and rotates to create different patterns.  Adjust the angle of the pins and the picture changes.  Sort of like a high-tech spirograph.



15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway


My kids loved our skeleton model to pieces.  Literally.  We'll buy it again and again because they loved it so much (the problem is lost puzzle pieces not an issue with the product itself).  I'm sure they would enjoy the entire collection, but we'll save those pieces for when they're old enough to assemble them themselves.


15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway


Whether it's the galaxy, the drinking bird, or Newton's cradle, people love perpetual motion toys.  They allow us to play with force, motion, and kinetic energy in a safe, visible way.  People usually associate them with work desks, but they would be great on a Science Shelf.  How long could you keep it going?


15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway


My kids aren't as interested in plant science as they are in animal science, but I'm sure they would get very interested in growing things if they had this clear growing container.  They could watch the leaves go up and the roots go down.  I think it would be great for traditional kindergarten experiments like beans or carrots.  Older kids might also enjoy this clear composter that allows them to explore the roles of worms and microorganisms in recycling.


15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway


We love the Safari Ltd Life Cycle sets!  I think we own them all.  They give kids a tangible way to explore and compare stages of animal life cycles.  I have 3-part cards for the chicken and bee sets, and the rest can be found for free on the internet.  This turtle set would be great for sensory bins, water play, or small world play.  I found an inspiring crochet blanket that would make a great play mat.  I'm thinking about making it for Christmas.  Maybe one side will be sea turtle beach and the other side will be the frog pond.


15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway


Some kids are very interested in geology and would love this tray of rocks.  I think this would be a great start to a collection.  It's a very hands-on way to study geology.


15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway
Bugs in Resin


I'm think these bugs are so neat and much more durable than pinned insects.  Look at them under the microscope, label them, or find live matches.  These bugs would be great for preschoolers who love "icky buggies."




15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway
Moon in My Room


This moon is the ultimate nightlight!  It hangs on the wall of a bedroom or wherever and softly glow.  It can be programmed to go through the moon phases in sync with the real moon or can glow as a full moon.  Every kid needs one of these cool toys.



15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway
Ant Farm

The ant farm is such a classic science toy.  There are lots of different types of small animal kits available for sale including worms, butterflies, ladybugs, frogs, and trilops (as well as lots of crystals, plants, and bacteria).  Kids love things that change in front of their eyes- I know mine do.  Their begging me for chicks right now.  I'm going to try to talk them down to some triops or bugs.


15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway

Snap Circuits are becoming a classic toy, even though they're fairly new to the science toy scene.  They're electronic and programing toys that snap together to make circuits.  We got a set for free from another homeschool family, but my kids have been a bit young to play with them (the oldest will be ready soon).  Snap Circuits are like legos that run motors and light up bulbs.  So cool!



15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway
Telescope


My kids have been interested in the stars since the movie Moana came out.  In this modern age, telescopes are much more affordable than ever before and less bulky.  They're also great for encouraging kids to be outside and in nature.



15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway
Space Toob


We love Safari Ltd toys, and I've been writing about them long before I became in official #howisafari campaign blogger (exactly a year ago from today).  Safari is the sponsor of this blog post today, and has allowed me to do my first ever Giveaway!


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15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway



Safari Ltd has graciously accepted my request to do my first ever Sweepstakes with their products!  Use the Rafflecoper link below to enter to win a Space Toob by Safari Ltd!  Prize is only open to residents of the continental US (sorry Alaska and Hawaii).  Safari Ltd will mail the prize directly to the winner after the contest closes on Aug 29th.  Prize has no cash equivalent.  Good luck, Everyone!

Be sure to grab my free 3-Part Cards that match the toob!


15 Science Toys that Spark Curiosity + a Giveaway + Space Toob 3-part Cards




8 Ways to Use the Space Toob for Learning

If you've been following this blog for any time, you know that we love Safari Toobs.  One of my most popular posts is about how to use toobs for learning.  I also have almost 30 free printables for the toobs.  Since I'm giving away a Safari Space Toob, I put together this infographic to show you a few of the many ways you can use the toobs for learning.

8 Ways to Use Safari Ltd Space Toob + a Giveaway

1- Space Shuttle 3-Part Cards from Pinay Homeschooler

2- Space Sensory Bin from Growing a Jeweled Rose

3- Space Toob 3-Part Cards from In Our Pond

4- Felt Play Mat from Whimsical Ways

5- Spelling Stars Sensory Bin from My Miraculous and Mundane Life

6- Space Play Dough from No Time for Flash Cards

7- Space Writing Tray from Gift of Curiosity

8- Moon Sand Bin from Totally Tots



Don't forget to enter the Giveaway!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

10 Kids' Youtube Videos for the Solar Eclipse

10 Kids' Youtube Videos for the Solar Eclipse
It's finally here!  The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse is nigh!

In an effort to explain this astronomical phenomenon to my kids, I've found 10 Youtube videos that explain different aspects of the event.

Also, be sure to check out my post from earlier this month about planning an eclipse party.  It's not too late to stock up on moon pies and astronaut ice cream!















Difference Between Solar and Lunar Eclipse




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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Microscope Matching Pictures (free printable)

FREE Microscope Matching Pictures for Early Elementary
Since finishing our Science Center recently, I've been looking for things to add to it to make it even more engaging.  Every Scientist need a microscope, so I bought the My First Microscope by Geosafari for the kids.  This durable plastic toy has a very low magnification, but allows kids to see the world like a real scientist- through the lens of a microscope!  Pair with a lab coat to complete the effect.

Since we have a microscope, we needed something to use with it.  I created these printables a pretend slides for observation.  Kids can look at the smaller pictures under the microscope, and then match them to the larger pictures.

I first made the Autumn pictures, in sort of a back to school theme.  Apples.  Pumpkins.  Leaves.  They should be easy to match for a preschooler.  In fact, they could probably be matched with the naked eye.

I got pretty fascinated looking at microscopic images and geometric patterns on Google, so I decided to do a set of cards based on geometry in nature.  The small cards show items like a circular flower or the triangles in a citrus slice and the larger pictures show the geometric shape.  I'm hoping that it will be a good way to introduce geometry and order to the kids.

Dragonfly asked me to do a set of cards with frogs on them (she's a bit obsessed).  So I did.  These should be easy to match.

I anticipate adding more cards as the kids develop new interests.

What are your kids interested in?  Comment and maybe I'll make a free printable for it!

Click on the links below to download the FREE printables!

- Autumn Symbols
- Geometry in Nature
- All Sorts of Frogs

FREE Microscope Matching Pictures for Early Elementary
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