Physics Experiments & Science Fair Demonstrations

Today we feature these neat collections of physics experiments & demonstrations for kids, from Real World Physics Problems.com. This site contains lots of interesting physics problems, complete with solutions, taken from real world applications — but today we are pointing you to the “hands-on” fun stuff:

First is a collection of fun and interesting science experiments which kids of all ages can do at home. These are fun experiments which are easy to do and don’t require a lot of time. These experiments are mostly physics based. Click here for the experiments for kids.

Then, on their Science Fair Project page, you will find several ideas for cool science fair projects for kids of all ages. These projects are particularly interesting because they have practical relevance in real life, and you can use common everyday materials to create them. Click here to view them.

 

Juggling for Kids

Okay, today we’ve got a lineup of neat resources to help your kiddos learn to juggle! (Don’t hate on us, mom!) It’s fitness, balance, rhythm, balance, eye and hand coordination, and perseverance (practice, practice, practice) all rolled into one… and of course it is loads of fun. Here are all the basics needed to get you started, in video and PDF format… plus a neat article on why juggling is really good for your kids… plus a craft project to create your own unique juggling bags. Kids: Have fun, be nice to your siblings, and practice outside or in an area where breakables are minimized. You’re welcome.

Juggling instructional videos

How to make your own juggling balls (craft project)

The Basic Steps of Learning to Juggle (PDF) — simple “how to” instructions

The Benefits of Learning to Juggle for Children (PDF) –great article!

 

You Can Draw Cartoons

Screen shot 2016-04-15 at 3.29.02 PMLou Darvas’s “You Can Draw Cartoons” is a classic cartooning “how to” guide that covers all the basics of cartoon drawing. Though published in 1960, almost all of the “how to” material is just as applicable today as it was when first published. Some of the highlights include:

  • Materials that you’ll need – Using the right tools will make all the difference in making your cartoons look like a real professional job, instead of just a scribble.
  • How to loosen up – Before you start, you better loosen up, which will help you get the juices flowing, allowing to produce a stunning and creative cartoon.
  • Patterns and coloring—this is what you’ll learn after the initial outline, but you must be careful not to over do it. How would you like to know exactly how to complete your cartoon with color and depth?
  •  5 easy steps to create a comic head – this can be simple or complicated, but if you know some little tricks, even the most difficult can be accomplished very quickly.
  • What about the expression, have you ever wondered how to make your drawing look, mad, happy, sad etc.? You’ll be amazed how quickly you’ll be able to master this technique.
  • How to draw the hand, if you can only draw stick hands, then your in for a treat, in no-time-at-all you’ll be drawing hands that look so real, you’ll want to shake it.

And there’s lots more besides that. The complete 16 chapter course is available on the website for free. A downloadable PDF version is also available for sale.

 

Click here to go to the website!

Math Playground

Screen shot 2016-04-09 at 4.31.50 AMHere’s another of those crazy honking big sites with loads of math games, number puzzles, logic games, arcade games and videos for students in grades 1 – 6. And it’s a good one at that. If you’re studying some kind of math, you’ll probably find a game incorporating it here. Use this to supplement specific math concepts you are teaching, or as busy work for the kids.

Click here to go to the site

How will you mark Shakespeare’s 400th?

April 23rd will be the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. How are you going to mark this significant event?  (AKA a “learning opportunity”.) Our friends at Players-Shakespeare.com have a few interesting suggestions for you:

The more one explores Shakespeare’s work, the deeper and richer one’s experience of it becomes. Its richness seems to be without end, and so what could be better than to spend some time exploring his plays again.  What’s the best way of doing this? The classic approach has been to study the plays, but studying engages the intellect, whereas one of the depths of Shakespeare’s work is its emotional richness – best explored by playing!  In our experience,  there have been four key ways we have explored Shakespeare plays…

Click here to go to the site!