As parents, we share the same concerns about the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus, and the impact it will have on our families. Here at KiwiCo, we asked our team to work from home. Many of us have children who will be home with us for the foreseeable future due to school closures.
We know a lot of you are also trying to find a new normal, including keeping your kids busy at home. So today, we’re launching a resource hub for parents to help support learning at home, with loads of stay-at-home educational activities for every age, tips from teachers on effective remote learning, and kid-friendly content that connects science with their daily lives. To start with, we’re bringing you an explanation of the science of handwashing, to help kids understand why it’s so important. We’re going to be adding new content and resources to the hub regularly. We’ll also be switching up our newsletter to bring you helpful resources more frequently, and you can follow us on Instagram for daily updates.
Please take care of yourself, and reach out if we can help. We’re here to support you and your family during this time. We’re in this together.
The most common phrase in my house at the moment has got to be a stern “wash your hands.” (Closely followed by “no more video games, please.”) For kids like mine who might need a little extra motivation to wash the full twenty seconds, we decided to dig into the science of handwashing so you can share a little bit of kid-friendly chemistry while encouraging safe hygiene!
We’ve all heard it a million times: Wash your hands! Scrub between your fingers! Use plenty of soap! But did you know that washing your hands does a lot more than getting rid of dirt? It’s also the best tool we have to get rid of nasty viruses and keep ourselves healthy — and it’s all thanks to the chemistry of handwashing.
Many parents are stepping into the shoes of teachers, and for some, it’s foreign territory. We’re collecting tips and tricks from educators across the country, so we can try to soak up some of their superpowers!
Have you ever experienced a static shock when you touch something metal? The shock is because of static electricity which can cause materials to attract or repel each other. Learn about static electricity with these jumping frogs!
Fizz, fizz, zoom! This baking soda experiment boat is easy to build and fun to race. If you’ve ever dropped a fizzy tablet into a cup of water or made a baking soda volcano, you’ve made the same chemical reaction used here. But this time, we’re using that reaction to power a soda bottle boat!
Water is usually loaded with particles and impurities, which enables ice to form. But purified water isn’t. This allows purified water to reach way colder temperature before solidifying.
If you leave an unopened bottle of purified water in the freezer for two to three hours, the bottle will be way colder than the freezing point of regular water. When you pour that super-chilled water onto a block of ice, it latches onto the ice’s impurities and freezes instantly!
Create your very own balloon powered rockets and see how far they can travel. Experiment with different balloon shapes and sizes to experiment with the travel speed. You can even add some cargo for your balloon rocket, and see how that impacts the journey!
Create an adventure around the world – while at home! Find interesting spots in Google Street View and send those snapshots to family and friends. Have them guess where they are! There are several handy online tools to create even more detailed Google Maps adventures.
Studying sign language builds awareness of the deaf and hard of hearing community, along with appreciation of the community’s culture. While there are a variety of sign languages in the world, this video features ASL (American Sign Language).
Make learning seriously fun this spring with these STEM activities for kids to do at home! From outdoor experiments that explore light, weather, and nature to indoor activities that investigate slime science and cooking chemistry, here are some awesome STEM activities to inspire kids of all ages.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning is crucial for critical thinking and problem-solving. Here at KiwiCo, our goal is to help kids learn valuable STEM skills to help build creative confidence. Not only will your kids have a blast doing these activities, they will be developing tools necessary to become tomorrow’s leaders, inventors, and innovators.
Once every four years, we add an extra day to the month of February. A year when this occurs is called a Leap Year (and the day is called a Leap Day) because it makes the dates on the calendar leap ahead by two days of the week instead of one. For example, if your birthday lands on a Friday one year, it would normally land on a Saturday the next year. But if a Leap Day happens, the next year, your next birthday would leap over Saturday and land on Sunday. (The technical term for inserting extra time in calendars is known as intercalation.)