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Pumpkin Launcher: Lego Fun

Every year the weekend of Thanksgiving my family watches a show called Punkin Chunkin. On this show people from all over the country gather in Delaware to launch pumpkins from catapult machines and canons. The pumpkin that travels the farthest wins. It is a silly and fun show that allows for creativity and incredible engineering. This year I found a fun little activity for the kids to do while they watch. Thank you Frugal Fun 4 Boys for always coming up with incredible ways to entertain my brood!

This Pumpkin Catapult is made from Legos, a family favorite in this house, and uses engineering to launch little candy pumpkins across the room. Now this of course is not on the level of Punkin Chunkin, but it is lots of fun!

pumpkin launcher

If your little ones (or even your big ones!) love to create things and launch things then this is the perfect little activity. You can even use a tape measure and wage your own little competition for who can launch the pumpkin the farthest! Be careful not to launch it at anyone, and have a great time! Head over to Frugal Fun 4 Boys  for a full tutorial on how to create the catapult!

Summer STEAM fun!

This summer we have been TRYING to have lots of fun while still staying ready for school next year. It has been a balancing act, mostly for Mommy. Let’s face it, summer is one of our only times to slow down in the entire year. So while Mommy wants to keep these kids sharp, focused, and ready for next year Mommy also wants to sleep in and lay by the pool or swim and do handstands too! But I have tried. And trying is the best.

This month we wanted to share with you a little STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mechanics) activity that we tried. I found this awesome tutorial at Little Bins for Little Hands. This great activity teaches it all. It is a fun artistic endeavor that allows kids to learn by doing. It also is a fun activity that lets kids explore through play. Which is a win-win in my book. This simple Kaleidoscope lets kids learn how to build, design, and complete a task. It is fun, artistic, and creative.

STEAM fun

We loved working on these together. The kids each had a very different kaleidoscope than their siblings. Even though we made them all together everyone made their own unique design. Then we took them outside to see them work in bright light, shaded light, and back in the house with no light. It was a lot of fun and very simple to accomplish. Now I feel as if I have helped them to hone their STEAM skills and I didn’t sacrifice my fun time for summer.

be sure to head on over to Little Bins for Little Hands for the full tutorial, and be sure to check out their other great fun activities that teach through play!

 

STEM activity: Build a Solar Oven

STEM is quickly becoming my favorite educational subject. It is so much fun to create these fun projects at home with my kids. We all feel as if we are playing and building when in reality I am helping to stimulate their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It is an important subject in today’s world. So many of our important careers have STEM components. Colleges look for STEM based backgrounds and even supply STEM based scholarships.

Schools are quickly trying to create a broader base of classes and programs available in these subjects. But with defunding of public schools, many are unable to incorporate these programs. As parents, it is our job to fill in the gaps with extracurricular activities, groups, and even working with our kids at home. It only takes a little parental interest to make a project that seems boring and make it into a fun and interactive game.

We have been trying to share different STEM activities at least once a month on the blog. Our kids look forward to them. But we also know that parents get busy, and may not have the time to find things like this on their own. We also know that a lot of us pin great ideas to try. Tough we sometimes get so busy we lack the motivation and time to actually follow through. Many of you have told us that when you see our blog posts it reminds you that you can do these things. And many of you do. So we will continue to share in hopes that we can help you to accomplish the things you plan.

This month we want to share this fun STEM project is not only fun, it is also pretty tasty! PBSKids has shared a simple solar oven that can help you and your kids to create S’mores! Simply follow the incredibly easy to follow build a solar oven tutorial and enjoy the treats of your labor. build a solar oven