Does your child attend school in person? Are they doing a hybrid model (some days in school, other days working from home)? Or is your child only learning remotely?
Our school district recently returned to in person learning, full time, five days per week on April 19th. That was a huge leap of faith, and so far it’s paying off. There have been very few positive COVID cases.
Sadly, only 40% of the students in our school district go to school in person. The remaining 60% have been fully remote since the start of the school year.
As someone who has worked with students remotely, it can certainly be a challenge. It’s not easy to switch from learning in person and doing things “hands on” to completely online.
Some children are “tactile learners.” That means they learn better by touching and doing things rather than by reading or simply watching someone on the screen. I’m a tactile learning myself. I learn better when I see and do things rather than by reading or listening. I’ve always been that way. My kids are the same way where as my husband learns just as well by listening and watching. There is no right or wrong way to learn. Some people learn fine by any method (hands on, listening, watching…).
If you would like to provide your child with some “hands on” learning that is FUN, you should check out the S.T.E.A.M. School Studio Science kit from Let’s Craft.
This kit comes with the supplies needed to do 10 different arts and crafts projects with a twist – the incorporate math, science and engineering.
I know what you might be thinking… how can math, science and engineering be fun? And how can you make crafts that utilize these areas of learning? Well believe it or not, this kit IS fun and it does teach children about principals of math, science and/or engineering.
What first interested me about this kit is the gliders. I have seen them all over the internet, but I never tired making them with my “work kids.” This kit contains most of the supplies you need, so I thought I would make the ones from the kit to show my “work kids” how to make their own using paper and paper straws that we had at work.
** I am unable to take photos of my “work kids,” for obvious reasons (sorry). **
I can’t believe how easy they were to make. Even the kids I worked with (K-5) were able to make their own. I pre-cut out the strips of paper for them, and they attached them to the straws (I helped the little ones to make sure the paper hoops were aligned properly).
Another fun project that I was able to re-create to make them with my “work kids” are the “Twirling Helicopters” which also came in the kit.
The kit comes with suggestions on various things kids can try to see if they get the same, or different, results. For example, with the “Twirling Helicopters,” the kit suggests adding more paper clips and/or bending the “propellers” a bit to see if the results are the same, or different.
Another fun “experiment” involves half pieces of “critters” (frog, fish…) a “pond” and some mirrors (there are also other shapes they can play around with). When the half pieces are placed next to the mirror, they appear whole.
Growing up, I had a book that did something similar. I don’t remember what it was called, but it came with a flexible mirror. You placed the mirror next to the half images in the book to see the image as a whole. For adults, that might not sound so cool, but for kids, it’s fascinating and fun.
Some projects in this kit cannot really be done on a “large scale,” meaning a lot of children can do them together. But there are some projects that can be done as a group. All you would need to do is pick up a few supplies for the group (most can easily be purchased at the local dollar store).
I was furloughed from my job (again… sigh…) so I never had the opportunity to finish all of the projects in the box. There is an interesting one that involves Play Doh that I really wanted to try out with the kids. I guess that will have to wait until next school year.
I love that children are learning and exploring with the projects that come in this kit. Even better, they don’t realize that they are learning. This can also prove to them that learning can be FUN.
This kit is available from Bright Stripes, and other retailers. It sells for $32.99, but considering you get pretty much everything you need to do 10 fun projects, that means it costs around $3.29 per project. Where else can you find fun and engaging things for a child to do at that price point that doesn’t involve television or computer games? Not only that, children are LEARNING when doing this project too, so it’s a win-win situation all around.
About Bright Stripes
Enriching kids of all ages and stripes, co-founders and partners Sabre Mrkva and Eric von Stein have been working in the Toy and Children’s Product space collectively for over 20 years. They believe in the power of creative play to empower kids to create the world they want to live in. With a synergistic vision for innovative products and graphics, Sabre and Eric have developed blockbuster product lines with Alex Toys, Slinky, Shrinky Dinks, Scientific Explorer, Nickelodeon, Disney, and Dylan’s Candy Bar, among others. They excel at transforming inspiration into market-ready, eye-catching product packaged in dynamic, trend- right graphics. Today they have teamed up with top-quality manufacturers to create charming lines of products for kids of all stripes.
If you are interested in learning more about this and other interesting products, visit BrightStripes.co (notice it’s NOT .com). Bright Stripes has another kit similar to this one that looks like it would be worth checking out too.
The brand can also be found on Facebook and Instagram. Those links are found on the bottom of their website.
*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.