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More Gadgets and Contraptions

In addition to the Gadgets and Contraptions activities that we mentioned last week, Science World has an extended version of Gadgets and Contraptions: Science for 3-5 year-olds that are designed for use with groups of children.  This sheet for caregivers and preschool teachers includes more experiential activities such as Take-Apart, Rollercoasters, Pendulum Bowling and Message… Read more

Family Time with Apps

Can you turn screen time into family? Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids shows how apps can be part of family learning and communication. Based on research from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, this family friendly guide provides tips for enjoying and interacting with media together. It’s designed for… Read more

Family program helps son – and mom

Leaving everything behind to start a new life can be scary, but that’s exactly what Vivienne and her husband did three years ago. Looking to pursue a career in computer technology, Vivienne’s husband packed their bags and made the long journey from Korea to B.C. Shortly after arriving, the young couple had a child. With… Read more

Shadow Play

Playing with shadows helps children learn about the properties of light. Exploring shadows can be done using everyday objects that are readily available. And, it’s fun! Here are some light and shadow activities to try: Reflections and shadows – Science for 3-5 year-olds  – Two activities, Exploring my shadow and Shadow puppets, from Science World’s… Read more

Picture Books and Math

Many picture books contain math concepts and are a good way to introduce and explore mathematical thinking in the context of a story. Need suggestions? Here are some lists of picture books that incorporate math: Math at play – picture books – This page includes links to several lists of math picture books for 1-3… Read more

Dancing Statistics and Musical Math

The arts can be used to communicate mathematical and scientific concepts. They can provide visual expressions that promote understanding. Here’s a video from Dancing Statistics that explains the statistical concept of frequency distribution. And, this TED-Ed talk demonstrates the math in music.   Try some of these out and post a photo of the results… Read more

Gadgets and Contraptions

Gadgets and Contraptions (Science for 3-5 year-olds) is one of the Activity sheets from Science World’s Big Science for Little Hands @ Home.  It contains two fun science activities – Kitchen Contraptions and Catapults – that make use of easy to find objects that you have at home. You can find more ideas for easy-to-do… Read more

Technology and Sleep

Technology is central to the way most of us live now. So much activity involves some kind of screen. Yet, sometimes it’s a good idea to step away from it. Research indicates that screen time at bedtime can affect the amount and quality of the sleep you get. This is true for all members of… Read more

An Open Door Leads to Opportunities…

Steven Mulvey, September, 2014. Photo by Mike Leland. “After two years of working with the volunteer on a one-to-one basis, I was accepted into the program that changed my life forever.” Growing up in Port Alberni, Steven Mulvey was like any other kid – he was active, easygoing, filled with dreams and aspirations and he… Read more

Sticky Science

What makes things stick? Here are some experiments exploring the science of sticky: Sticky Stuff: Science for 3-5 year-olds  – Ice Cube Fishing and Window Clings from Science World’s Big Science for Little Hands @ Home. Static Electricity – Fun Balloon Experiment for Kids  – Another easy to do experiment that uses everyday material found… Read more