5 Dr. Seuss Books for Encouraging Creativity in Kids

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In the place where we put our childhood memories, a little parking space exists. The parking space reads, reserved for Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss). The author and illustrator’s fantastical stories, forward-thinking illustrations, and zany characters make his books unforgettable – meritorious of a reserved space in our childhoods. Great reads for kids and fun escapes for adults, dig into lessons on creativity with these five Dr. Seuss books. Continue reading “5 Dr. Seuss Books for Encouraging Creativity in Kids”

March is National Reading Month!


Celebrate National Reading Month by reading with your kids! Reading is a great way to explore new worlds and characters, and create lifelong memories. Reading to children, whether or not they’re able to read themselves yet, creates a feeling of closeness and comfort for them, and it promotes early reading comprehension skills. Did you know that every crate in a KiwiCo subscription includes a magazine that explores the crate theme in more depth? Continue reading “March is National Reading Month!”

Science Fair Projects for 7th Grade

These science fair projects for 7th grade are perfect for allowing older kids to explore more advanced scientific concepts, like electrolysis and electroplating.

1. Copper Plated Coins

Use some household materials to plate your coins with copper! You can also try copper plating designs onto your coins!

Electrolysis is a way to dissolve bits of metal into acidic liquids like vinegar. When you run electricity through vinegar, the vinegar helps to carry electricity from one side of the circuit to the other. Electroplating is a way to put those little bits of copper onto something else. With just a little electricity, you can use electrolysis and electroplating to plate a quarter with copper. Does that make it look like a penny to you?

2. Splitting Water

Did you know that water is actually a chemical? That’s why we call it H2O–water is made up of the chemical elements, hydrogen and oxygen! What would water look like if you could split water into its two parts? Try out this experiment to find out!

When you hook up the wires, electricity flows in a loop from the battery, down one of the pencils, through the water, then up the other pencil and back to the battery. The electricity actually breaks the water molecules apart into it parts — hydrogen and oxygen! The bubbles you see on the tips of the pencils are the hydrogen and oxygen gas created by this reaction. In fact, hydrogen gas is created at one of the pencils, and oxygen gas is created at the other. This process is called water electrolysis.

3. Paper Airplane Launcher

Take your paper airplanes to new heights by making a motorized launcher for them.

Paper airplanes work just like regular passenger planes and fighter jets: by redirecting air to keep themselves airborne. As long as a plane is moving quickly, its wings will redirect a lot of air downwards, which generates an equal upwards force (lift). This lift is enough to bear the weight of the plane against the pull of gravity. Your paper airplane launcher is effective because it gives the paper airplanes a lot of speed, and therefore a lot of lift — plenty to keep the planes aloft for lengthy trips around a room (or until they hit something!)

4. Rubber Band Helicopter

Learn about helicopters by making a rubber band powered flying toy!

The two propellers on your rubber band helicopter are able to fly thanks to the same principles that keep real helicopters aloft. The angled blades of the propellers act like fans when they spin, pulling air from above and blowing the air downwards. This creates enough lift to counter the effect of gravity on the helicopter, pushing it higher and higher into the sky. If you set up your propellers correctly, with opposite blade orientations for each propeller, they should both blow air in the same direction, even though they are spinning in opposite directions… double the propellers means double the lift, and double the flying power!

5. Fizzy Candy Balloon

Harness the power of fizzy candy and soda to inflate a balloon without blowing! This experiment can be repeated many times with different sodas to see how each reacts differently and which creates the biggest balloon.

The fizzy candy that we used was made by mixing up warm, sugary syrup with carbon dioxide gas. As the syrup cooled and hardened into small balls of candy, it trapped little bubbles of carbon dioxide inside. Now, when the candy comes in contact with liquid (in this case the soda), the sugar in the candy dissolves away, and the bubbles of carbon dioxide gas escape and fill up the balloon.

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Science Fair Projects for 5th Grade

These science fair projects for 5th grade make hands-on science and math fun! Here at KiwiCo, we’ve developed easy-to-follow experiments that are perfect for 5th graders to explore all kinds of topics, from chromatography to photosynthesis!

Don’t want the learning to stop? Check out our line of engineering kits that are perfect for 5th grade students.

1. Dry Ice Bubbles

Dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide, is a super fun and accessible way to play around with the physics of cold materials. In this experiment, we use dry ice to create self-filling fog bubbles. See how big you can make your bubble, then pop it and watch the fog cascade across your table!

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2. Magnetic Slime

Polymers are really big molecules, made up of lots and lots of smaller molecules joined together. They can make materials bouncy like a rubber ball, stiff like a plastic toy, or stretchy like a piece of gum. One great way to play around with polymers — and to do some hands-on experimentation with chemistry in general — is to make your own slime. In this experiment, we uplevel your standard green goo to a jet-black magnetic version that will magically move and dance without you even touching it!

For some extra experimentation, try varying your ratio of iron oxide to glue to liquid starch and observe the results. Depending on your ratio, the slime can either be very thick or thin and it will interact differently with the magnets. What combination worked the best for you?

3. Thermal Powered Flower

Have you ever seen hot air rise? In this project, explore the physics behind thermal air currents (hot air rising) by harnessing them to power your own spinning flower! Note that this project uses fire and paper, and should only be attempted with adult supervision. Happy spinning!

As the flames from each candle heat the air up around them, the air expands and becomes less dense than the surrounding, cooler air. This causes the heated air to rise upwards, creating a gentle, warm breeze that causes your flower to rotate just like a pinwheel spins in the wind!

4. Potato Chip Patina Experiment

Have you ever wondered why the Statue of Liberty is green? It’s because of a process called oxidation – a natural weathering process that occurs when air and water react with copper! Try this experiment to recreate the oxidation process artificially!

Oxidation happens naturally when oxygen in the air combines with bits of a metal. They only combine if there’s some water in the air, and acid or salt (like from seawater) will help speed things up. Together, the oxygen and the metal make a new compound called an oxide (because there’s oxygen in it, get it?). Lots of metals oxidize just from the weather; rusted iron is actually a chemical called iron oxide, and the blue-green verdigris on copper statues like the Statue of Liberty is copper oxide. For a copper statue or an aluminum can, the oxide forms a thin layer over the surface that protects the underlying metal. Once that layer is oxidized, the reaction can’t go any deeper. But for an iron gate or a steel rail, the oxide breaks apart the surface of the metal, letting the oxidation reaction eat deeper and deeper until there’s nothing left. With this chemistry project, you’ll be able to see oxidation happen overnight!

5. Ice Cube vs. Wire

Can you cut through an ice cube with a piece of wire and a couple of weights? Find out with this simple science experiment! Hint: It’s all about the quirky physics of water.

A weighted wire is going to cut through an ice cube, but somehow leave the ice cube whole after it passes through. This may sound like that magic trick where the assistant gets sawed in half, but there’s no magic about this! This happens because of another quirk of water physics called “regelation.” Ice melts into water because of pressure, but once that pressure is gone, any ice above or around it will cool it back down to freezing. Essentially, the ice refreezes itself shut behind the wire. As you watch this experiment happen, see if you can spot any difference between the ice behind the wire and the rest of the ice block.

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Science Fair Projects for 8th Grade

Spark scientific curiosity with these science fair projects for 8th grade that make learning about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fun! Our team of researchers and scientists have developed easy-to-follow experiments that help older kids explore chemistry, physics, and tons of other scientific topics.

1. Electromagnetic Train

Did you know that electricity and magnetism are closely linked? In this project, experiment with the interplay between the two by building your own miniature electromagnetic train that zips down a track all by itself.

An electric current creates a magnetic field. In fact, a coil of wire like you made here creates a magnetic field very similar to the magnetic field of a plain old bar magnet. Now, the neodymium magnets have their own magnetic field, and they’re sitting right in the middle of the wire’s magnetic field. And just like a couple of fridge magnets, those magnetic fields interact with each other. That’s where the push that propels your train comes from. The neodymium magnets get pushed along by the magnetic field of the coil of wire. Continue reading “Science Fair Projects for 8th Grade”

Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas


Did you know that KiwiCo makes it easy to throw an amazing birthday party for your child? Guests can learn a little something and have tons of fun as well! Here are a few of our favorite kids’ birthday party ideas:

Dinosaur Birthday Party

First thing’s first: make sure you have tons of fun activities for the kiddos! Why not start with our Dinosaur Dress-Up crate (only $9.95 each)? Each crate contains all the materials and instructions to decorate a dinosaur tail and a matching pair of dino feet.
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STEM to STEAM to STREAM?

Is your head spinning with all the different acronyms spinning around our culture these days? Find yourself wondering what do they all mean? Well, we can help with that: STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. The added “A” is for art, and the “R” is for reading. But, do you need to be worried if there is one that is right – or best – for your child? Our short answer is, “Nope.” Here at KiwiCo, we’re big fans of STEM, of course – but we also focus on STEAM because we think the value of art and design is critical in promoting creative confidence. And all our crates include a crucial element of literacy in the form of our magazines and blueprints!

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