LEGO Addition Cards

LEGO Addition Cards

LEGOS are such a motivating way to teach kids math! These fun-filled addition cards take learning to a whole new level of cool by helping kids see how two sets of LEGOS can be added together to make one sum. The LEGO addition cards are great to use as a math center,...

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LEGO STEM Activities

LEGO STEM Activities

LEGOs have stood the test of time. Even with competing video and computer games, most kids still love building with bricks.  These fun LEGO STEM activities give children hands-on practice with science, technology, engineering and math - skills they'll rely on for...

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LEGO Challenge Cards

LEGO Challenge Cards

This giant collection of LEGO challenge cards is a simple prep, fun way to sneak some STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and math) into the day. With cards that range from easy to difficult, little engineers will love tackling the designs. Snag your set...

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Fall LEGO Challenge Cards

Fall LEGO Challenge Cards

Our Famous Landmark Challenge Cards have been a huge hit!  So, I was eager to pull together a new batch of building cards with a fall-themed twist! These building LEGO activity cards are perfect to use in STEM centers, makerspaces, or math stations.  Grab your free...

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LEGO Volcano

LEGO Volcano

Erupting LEGO volcanoes are as cool as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities come! Young builders of all ages will love designing, building and erupting LEGO volcanoes again, and again... and again. For more amazing STEM, check out our Epic STEM...

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What are the Advantages of STEM Activities?

What are the Advantages of STEM Activities?

STEM activities are those that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math. Ideally these activities involve two or more of these disciplines. But it can be hard to conceive of engaging activities that are easy to accomplish in the classroom, but also really...

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Science Experiments for Kids!

Science Experiments for Kids!

We’re all born as scientists. Right away, we see kids experimenting in every surrounding all day long. Whether they’re throwing oatmeal on the ground, noodles at the wall, blowing bubbles in the bathtub, building forts or stacking blocks, kids experiment.  Give...

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Seasonal Centers

Seasonal Centers

Swapping themes from season to season is a great way to teach students about the passage of time. These activities can provide kids in preschool, kindergarten and first grade helpful ways to explore the whole year. Whether you’re looking for apples, leaves and pumpkin...

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Holiday Centers

Holiday Centers

Holidays are such an exciting time for kids and when you’re able to bring hands-on, fun activities into the classroom you can amplify their joy! We’ve compiled a list of many easy-to-set-up centers to celebrate throughout the entire year with your PreK, Kindergarten...

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Back to School Ten Frames

Back to School Ten Frames

Ten frames are often used as a tool to teach counting, but did you know that they're also a fabulous way to work on early addition skills too?! This playful back to school variety is great to pull out at the start of school to reinforce different combinations that...

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Apple Tree Counting Cards

Apple Tree Counting Cards

These apple tree counting cards are perfect for the beginning of the school year! Students will love using all kinds of manipulatives to build numbers, work on fine motor skills AND practice number writing at the same time! Getting Ready To prep the activity, I...

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Linear Measurement Scavenger Hunt

Linear Measurement Scavenger Hunt

When it comes to teaching kids about linear measurement, this playful, hands-on scavenger hunt is a quick and easy way to make practice fun. Snag your copy below and then hop over and grab our Epic STEM Challenge Bundle in our shop! Getting Ready Prepping this linear...

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Ten Frame Addition Board Game

Ten Frame Addition Board Game

Board games are a HUGE hit in my first grade classroom, and this ten frame addition board game is no exception! My students loved solving addition problems as they raced to the finish line. It was the perfect addition to our math centers. And speaking of math centers,...

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4 Seasons STEM Challenge Cards

4 Seasons STEM Challenge Cards

Want an easy way to sneak some STEM learning into your building center or LEGO bin? These 4 seasons challenge cards are the perfect solution. Kids simply grab one and start to build! Or, for students who are ready for a challenge, have them map out their STEM design...

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15 Backyard Engineering Projects for Kids

15 Backyard Engineering Projects for Kids

Whether you're looking for a fun way to enjoy the outdoors or you want to sneak in a little learning into your summer days, these 15 backyard engineering projects for kids are must-tries. Scroll below to check them out!  And for more activities for your little...

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Hands-On Number Bond Activities

Hands-On Number Bond Activities

If you're teaching number bonds and would love a break from worksheets, these engaging, hands-on number bond activities are a must. Solve missing addends with playdough, set up a fun math center with write and wipe cards... there are so many possibilities! When you're...

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Watermelon STEM Book

Watermelon STEM Book

Summer sun means watermelon fun!  Watermelon is the perfect way to add some science and math to summer plans... especially when your hands-on STEM can later be turned into a snack!  This watermelon STEM book is the perfect summer activity. Scroll down to snag your...

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Famous Landmarks STEM Challenge

Famous Landmarks STEM Challenge

My kids are in love with OBSESSED with LEGOs, so I was excited to create a STEM challenge that would stretch their building skills. Voila! That's how this famous landmark STEM challenge was born. It's a cult-favorite! And it's perfect to use in STEM centers or...

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Conversation Heart Popsicle Stick Catapult

Conversation Heart Popsicle Stick Catapult

There are so many fun ways to learn with conversation hearts and these simple STEM popsicle stick catapults rank as one of our favorites! With just a few supplies, kids can build a catapult that really launches. It's an engineering project little scientists will beg...

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Easter Egg Rockets

Easter Egg Rockets

Did you know that you can launch Easter egg rockets up into the air with just a couple of common household materials?!  The kids will not only love this egg-citing science activity, they will also learn about the cool chemical reaction that makes it happen. Follow the...

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STEM Challenges Kids Will Beg to Repeat

STEM Challenges Kids Will Beg to Repeat

If you're looking for easy-to-follow, engaging STEM challenges (science, technology, engineering and math) your kids will beg to repeat over and over again, you've come to the right spot! These epic activities are packed with kid-tested challenges that build problem...

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Kindergarten STEM Activities

Kindergarten STEM Activities

If you’re looking for fun and engaging kindergarten STEM activities (science, technology, engineering, and math), you’ve come to the right spot! STEM is our “thing” and we’re excited to pass along our favorite activities so you can save time, build confidence and take...

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Pre-Kindergarten STEM Activities

Pre-Kindergarten STEM Activities

If you're looking for fun and engaging Pre-K STEM activities, you've come to the right spot! STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is our “thing” and we’re excited to pass along our favorite activities so you can save time, build confidence and take your...

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First Grade STEM Centers

First Grade STEM Centers

If you’re looking for fun and engaging first grade STEM centers (science, technology, engineering, and math), you’ve come to the right spot! STEM is our “thing” and we are so excited to pass along our favorite activities so you can save time, build confidence and take...

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Second Grade STEM Activities

Second Grade STEM Activities

If you’re looking for fun and engaging second grade STEM activities (science, technology, engineering, and math), you’ve come to the right spot! STEM is our “thing” and I'm excited to pass along these fun ideas for the classroom so that you and your students grow a...

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Christmas STEM Challenges

Christmas STEM Challenges

Christmas is coming early this year! These five brand new Christmas STEM challenges are perfect to use with small groups or centers. From holiday geoboard designs to North Pole LEGO building challenges, these five STEM challenges are Saint Nick-approved! Grab the...

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Ultimate STEM Gifts for Kids

Ultimate STEM Gifts for Kids

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) is all the rage and kids love that these STEM gifts are hands-on and engaging and grown ups love that they prepare students for their STEM-filled future. Whether you're on the hunt for a birthday gift, holiday present...

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Pumpkin Volcano

Pumpkin Volcano

Fall is in the air so it's the perfect time to make a magically erupting (surprisingly simple!) pumpkin volcano. Check out the simple step-by-step below and then hop over and grab our mega pack of 30 Science Experiments that are kid-approved! Getting Ready To make our...

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St. Patrick’s Day STEM Activities

St. Patrick’s Day STEM Activities

These St. Patrick’s Day STEM activities are a must-try! The set is perfect to use in STEM centers, math stations or as early finisher tasks for your little leprechauns. Grab your pack in our shop! Peek Inside All five of these St. Patrick's Day activities focus on...

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Building Block Letters and Numbers

Building Block Letters and Numbers

Looking for a hands-on way to practice letters and numbers?! Students will BEG to repeat these building block challenges.
 
The print and play cards have kids build all 26 uppercase letters, their 26 lowercase pairs PLUS the numbers 0 to 20.
 
Students will have so much fun that they won’t even realize they’re working on problem solving, geometry, math vocabulary… even beginning fractions!
 
Just print the cards on cardstock, cut them apart, and grab a batch of LEGOS or DUPLOS. 
 
The set even includes record sheets and challenge worksheets for kids who are ready for a next step.
 
 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:
 
–> 2 versions of uppercase letter cards (in color + black and white)
 
–> 2 versions of lowercase letter cards (in color + black and white)
 
–> 2 versions of 0-20 number cards (in color + black and white)
 
–> Record sheets
 
–> A bonus challenge asking kids to build a word out of LEGOS and count the number of bricks they used.
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Building Block STEM Challenges

Building Block STEM Challenges

Grab your LEGOS and get ready for some hands-on STEM! These five motivating STEM challenges are perfect for early finisher activities, STEM boxes, math centers or Makerspaces.

——————> Bundle with all of our STEM challenges and SAVE!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 26 Building Challenges + record sheet

–> 30 Weight Challenges + record sheet (INCLUDES “MASS” VERSION)

–> 15 Length Challenges + record sheet

–> 15 Problem Solving Extensions + record sheet

–> 15 Pattern Challenges + record sheet

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EDITABLE Math Center Labels

EDITABLE Math Center Labels

Whether you use Daily Three, math groups or something else entirely, these editable math center labels make it so easy to customize a station rotation that’s a perfect fit for your classroom.

First up?! Get to work customizing your center cards.

The set includes 48 EDITABLE center cards! (You can check out the complete list in the product description below.)

PLUS, you’ll receive 20 editable color group labels (12 shape groups + 8 color groups).

Or, if you prefer, type your own names onto the set of customizable group labels.

Because the set is completely customizable, the options are limitless!

AND, as a fun bonus, you’ll also get customizable student labels so you can personalize a pocket chart of their math groups too.

The editable math center labels will take your rotations to a whole new level of organization.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Addition

–> Base ten blocks

–> Board Games

–> Calendar

–> Card Games

–> Comparing

–> Computers

–> Counting

–> Counting bears

–> Dice

–> Dominoes

–> Estimation

–> Fact Families

–> Fractions

–> Geometry

–> Graphing

–> iPad

–> LEGOS

–> Magnetic Numbers

–> Math Facts

–> Math journal

–> Math links

–> Measurement

–> Meet with the teacher (6 versions)

–> Money

–> Number line

–> Pattern blocks

–> Playdough

–> Popsicle Sticks

–> Puzzles

–> Reading math books

–> Shapes

–> Smart Board

–> Sorting

–> Spinner Games

–> Subtraction

–> Surprise

–> Tallying

–> Temperature

–> Ten frames

–> Time

–> Unifix cubes

–> Weight

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Rainbow STEM Challenges

Rainbow STEM Challenges

Kids will go crazy for these colorful rainbow STEM challenges! After learning how rainbows are made, they’ll make a Skittles rainbow in a jar, create repeating rainbow patterns with pattern blocks, create rainbow milk and MORE!
 
The STEM challenges are perfect for spring parties, early finisher activities, STEM boxes, science and math centers or just because.
 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:
 
–> Rainbow fact sheet
 
–> 10 EASY repeating pattern task cards + record sheet
 
–> 10 HARD repeating pattern task cards + record sheet
 
–> Build your own LEGO rainbow + record sheet
 
–> Pipe cleaner STEM rainbows + record sheet
 
–> Pipe cleaner rainbow creations record sheet
 
–> Skittles rainbow science experiment + record sheet
 
–> Rainbow milk science experiment + record sheet
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Holidays Around the World STEM

Holidays Around the World STEM

These Holidays Around the World STEM challenges are a must-try! Students will love diving into engineering, problem solving and (of course) STEM!!

All eight STEM challenges include record sheets to help kids keep track of their answers AND easy to follow instructions making it easy for you to lead the activity.

They’re perfect for winter parties, festivals of light units, early finisher activities, STEM boxes or just because.

—-> Bundle with all of our STEM challenges and SAVE! 

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 15 LEGO building task cards + record sheets

–> 15 pattern block task cards + record sheets

–> Pattern block design challenge

–> Pipe cleaner yule goat challenge

–> Design your own pipe cleaner holiday creations

–> Build a dreidel

–> Play dreidel

–> Tally dreidel spins

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Comparing Numbers

Comparing Numbers

Working on comparing numbers?! This mega pack of motivating, hands-on activities is a must-try. All eight games include easy ways to differentiate so you can quickly stretch students who are ready for a challenge or provide support for kids who need extra practice.

The eight comparing numbers games are perfect for preschool or kindergarten!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Alligator Crunch. Help your alligator eat the cookie with the most chocolate chips.

–> Block Towers. Use unifix cubes or LEGOS to build and compare number towers.

–> Ten Frame Clip Cards. Compare the ten frames and clip the correct comparison symbol in the middle.

–> Roll and Compare. Roll the dice and write the corresponding comparison.

–> Number Munch. Complete the number sentence with the correct symbol.

–> Compare Bears. Compare two sets of counting bears to find the biggest number.

–> Button Jars. Count the buttons in each jar and clip the one holding the most.

–> Candy Shop. Flip two gumballs and make a number sentence.

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Farm STEM Challenges

Farm STEM Challenges

Whether you're planning a farm-themed unit or are in need of motivating ways to teach kids important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, this activity pack is sure to do the trick. The 6 playful challenges are perfect to use in STEM centers, math...

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Back to School STEM Challenges

Back to School STEM Challenges

Looking for back to school STEM challenges your students will beg to repeat over and over again? You’re in the right spot!

Solve a batch of weight/mass task cards, complete a jaw dropping science experiment with pencils, use LEGO bricks to create a set of building challenges and more!

These five back to school STEM challenges include a variety of record sheets so you can easily adapt the activities for pre-k through second grade.

The set is perfect to use as science experiments, in STEM centers, math stations or as early finisher tasks.

————> Bundle with all of our STEM challenges and SAVE!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 15 weight/mass challenge cards

–> 15 length challenge cards

–> 15 building block challenge cards

–>How Many Long? (A hands-on measuring activity)

–> Pencil Through a Bag science experiment

 

All five STEM challenges include record sheets to help kids keep track of their answers AND easy to follow instructions making it easy for you to lead the activity.

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Welcome to our family!

 I am so excited that you are here and truly consider it an honor to be in your inbox. Your Welcome Gift! We're thrilled that you're joining our community and are eager to pass along a welcome gift: a batch of addictively fun LEGO challenge cards.  They're great to...

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St. Patrick’s Day STEM

St. Patrick’s Day STEM

These St. Patrick’s Day STEM Challenges are a must-try! The set is perfect to use in STEM centers, math stations or as early finisher tasks.

 

STUDENTS WILL LOVE:

–> Building 10 Irish objects out of LEGOS.

–> Helping leprechauns carry gold across water by creating a raft that really floats.

–> Learning about buoyancy by pouring a Skittles rainbow into a jar.

–> Using common kitchen supplies to make a chemical reaction that polishes “leprechaun coins”.

–> Adding on to and creating Skittles patterns.

 

And, to help you track students’ growth, all five STEM challenges include record sheets to help kids keep track of their answers.

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Christmas STEM Challenges

Christmas STEM Challenges

Step up your centers this holiday season with five motivating Christmas STEM challenges!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Geoboard Challenges

–>  LEGO Building Challenges

–> 2D Gumdrop Toothpick Shapes

–> Candy Cane Science Experiment

–> Roll, Add and Cover Game

 

The motivating batch of STEM challenges are perfect to use with small groups or as centers.

It’s the perfect compliment to our 23 Christmas Activities!

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Inspiring STEM Centers

Inspiring STEM Centers

When it comes to setting up your science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) center, picking the perfect spot can make or break it. To do it right, you'll need two things: Plenty of room for kids to work and Enough space to store your supplies STEM centers are...

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Top STEM Toys

Top STEM Toys

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning is a big part of a modern education, but did you know that if children play with STEM-themed toys, they are more likely to be interested in learning STEM in the classroom? These must-have STEM toys are...

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First Grade STEM Activities

First Grade STEM Activities

If your first graders constantly ask how and why things work, then they are ready for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)! These fun, hands-on STEM activities are just right for first grade. They're the perfect compliment to our jam-packed STEM Challenge...

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Kindergarten STEM Activities

Kindergarten STEM Activities

Kindergarten kids will love these brilliant and simple STEM activities! These Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math activities provide hands-on, educational activities covering STEM topics perfect for kids from 5 to 7. They're the perfect compliment to our best...

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Preschool STEM Activities

Preschool STEM Activities

STEM includes the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math - subjects that are fun for kids of all ages. These STEM ideas are simple enough for preschoolers to try and offer tons of fun for pre-kinders. Try the activities one at a time with...

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STEM Challenge: 4 Seasons of Building Cards

STEM Challenge: 4 Seasons of Building Cards

These STEM challenge cards are the perfect addition to your favorite building block center (LEGOS, wooden blocks, DUPLOS… you name it!)

Kids will love using real world pictures as inspiration to build 11 common objects each season!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

SPRING-> kite, tree, butterfly, flower, rain boots, watering can, umbrella, bunny, garden trowel, bird, duckling

SUMMER-> popsicle, beach ball, sea star, crab, sailboat, sunglasses, strawberry, shell, soccer ball, fish, sand castle

FALL-> maple leaf, scarecrow, spider, bat, apple pie, candy corn, pumpkin, apple, squirrel, black cat, tractor

WINTER-> mittens, snowflake, pine cone, sled, evergreen tree, gift box, cocoa mug, rose, gingerbread man, penguin, polar bear

 

The STEM challenge cards are a great way to help kids develop abstract thinking, design, engineering and building skills!

Grab your set (below) and then hop over and snag our Famous Landmark Cards too!

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The Ultimate Guide to STEM Boxes

The Ultimate Guide to STEM Boxes

Whether you're creating Makerspaces, STEM centers or early finisher activities, these tips and tricks make it so easy to pull together effective and engaging STEM boxes in your primary classroom or homeschool. P.S. Grab our popular Endless STEM Challenge Bundle HERE! ...

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Subtraction Write and Wipe Cards

Subtraction Write and Wipe Cards

These 128 write and wipe cards are an easy and fun way to teach kids about subtraction. They’re perfect to use as math centers, small group activities or for individual practice.

To play, students grab a write and wipe card showing either 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 objects. They roll a die and cross off that many objects in the picture. Then they write the subtraction problem by filling in the numbers at the bottom of the card.

When kids are ready to take learning one step further, they follow up by writing the complete equation (including the subtraction and equal sign) on a corresponding record sheet. It’s an easy way to differentiate for different learners.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> LEGO Subtraction

–> Loose Tooth Subtraction

–> Candy Shop Subtraction

–> Lunch Subtraction

–> Bubble Subtraction

–> Penguin Subtraction

–> Bowling Subtraction

–> Magic Subtraction

 

Get ready for some hands-on fun with math!

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Exploding Baggie

Exploding Baggie

Combining baking soda and vinegar is a classic science experiment that is a guaranteed crowd pleaser every single time. But mix the two ingredients in a sealed plastic baggie and the excitement goes through the roof! The exploding baggie science trick is sure to knock...

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20 Science Fair Projects

20 Science Fair Projects

Are you on the hunt for science fair projects kids will love?! We've got you covered! These 20 science experiments are motivating AND educational - our favorite combination. Get inspired below and then hop over to snag our 30 Science Experiments in our shop that are...

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Hot Wheels Race Track

Hot Wheels Race Track

My boys are big Hot Wheels fans so challenging them to create a paper towel race track was a no-brainer! They loved seeing how fast they could make their cars zoom and I loved that the motivating STEM activity was helping them develop important engineering skills. For...

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50+ Genius STEM Activities for Kids

50+ Genius STEM Activities for Kids

With a name like The STEM Laboratory, it's no surprise that we're obsessed with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities for kids. These 50+ STEM projects are sure to keep little scientists engaged, learning and well-prepared for their...

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Thank you!

Hey there! I’m Malia and I’m excited to officially welcome you to The STEM Laboratory family.About 10 years ago, I launched my first teaching blog while I was on maternity leave with our second son, Grant.And that little hobby quickly became an obsession.Teachers...

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Hi, I’m Malia.

I LOVE helping Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade teachers save time, stay inspired and give EVERY student bigger results. I’m so glad you’re here!