We donated $25,000 to foster kids!


The holidays can be an especially difficult time for thousands of foster kids away from family and friends. Together we can help these children find joy, laughter and spark their creativity by receiving a Kiwi Crate just for them. Not only are these crates packed with fun and tell them someone cared about them but they also spark creativity and can bring joy back to learning, giving them confidence to find their strengths in the classroom.

Thanks to our amazing subscribers, aka YOU, and in partnership with Ticket to Dream Foundation, we will donate $25,000 worth of KiwiCo crates to foster kids this holiday season. As you know, the gift of a KiwiCo crate is much more than just a toy; for these children, it’s an experience that sparks creativity and brings joy to learning — and a reminder that someone cares about them.

Educational Stats for Foster Youth:

  • Only 50 % of foster youth graduate high school
  • Foster children repeat a grade twice as often
  • With each home move foster children lose 3-6 months of educational readiness

General Stats:

  • There are over 400,000 foster children in the US
  • 1 child enters foster care every 2 minutes

Thank you so much for sending the delight of a KiwiCo experience to the loved ones in your life and for helping us to deliver that delight to thousands more kids with Ticket to Dream!

Encourage STEM Thinking This Thanksgiving


The Thanksgiving holiday is one of our favorites here at KiwiCo, because it brings space for quality family time, without the pressure and stress of gift giving (which will be here all too soon!)  There are so many wonderful ways to spend that time together as a family, reflecting on what we are grateful for (see some of our previous posts on creative gratitude traditions (here and here). Continue reading “Encourage STEM Thinking This Thanksgiving”

10 DIY Fall Crafts for Kids


Fall is here, which means leaves are slowly beginning to change from vibrant green to golden yellow. With all of the leaves falling from the trees, it’s the perfect season for DIY crafts. So get the kids together, go outside, and gather a few leaves for these festive crafts. From leaf-shaped crayons to fall leaf finger puppets, everyone can participate. These DIY projects are great for future scientists, engineers, and innovators!
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Introducing Our New Company Name – KiwiCo!

Since our launch in 2011, we’ve had a blast delivering fun, enriching experiences to kids and their families as Kiwi Crate. For our longtime subscribers, you’ll remember that when we launched we had only one product line: Kiwi Crate. So at that time, our product line and our company name were one and the same.

From there, we’ve grown – thanks to feedback from our community. We now have an entire family of product lines, including Cricket Crate for ages 0-3 months (with more coming soon!), Koala Crate for ages 3-4, Kiwi Crate for ages 5-8, and Doodle Crate and Tinker Crate for ages 9-16.  We also added countless products in our Store for birthdays and holidays plus tons of DIYs, videos and other content. So to help distinguish our company name from our flagship product line, in places where we mean to refer to our whole family of products, we added an “Inc” — as in, Kiwi Crate, Inc. (Did you notice?)

Through it all, we’ve been committed to encouraging young innovators to build their creative confidence and problem-solving skills.  But, we’ve found that our company name, Kiwi Crate, hasn’t kept up with where we are and where we’re headed. We’ve grown beyond that original product line for kids 5-8 to serve kids of more ages with a much wider range of products and content. So we’ve decided to change our name to something that reflects our broader commitment to young innovators and our portfolio.

We’re thrilled to introduce you to our new name, KiwiCo. KiwiCo embraces our heritage and also gives us room to continue to exercise our creativity to deliver innovative, super fun, and enriching products and services for kids of all ages.

Our Vision
As we refresh our brand, we are also refreshing our vision statement:

  • We firmly believe that anyone can be an innovator. Innovators are designers, makers, scientists, artists, producers. They are people who believe in possibilities and not limitations. They actively make things happen.
  • For us, creative confidence is a belief in oneself and an attitude that biases towards tackling challenges head on. That along with tools and skills, like problem-solving, critical thinking, and a foundation of knowledge, is an incredibly powerful combination.
  • We believe that innovators can actively make a difference for themselves, for society, and beyond. By engineering solutions, they will make a positive impact and change in the world.

All of us at KiwiCo are incredibly inspired by this vision and the kids and families we serve every day.

The New Logo
Our goal when updating our name and designing our new logo was to better communicate our brand mission and vision. The name KiwiCo acknowledges that “Kiwi” is an important part of our identity and core to who we are while “Co” recognizes that we are more than just crates. Why kiwi? We wrote about it when we launched. We love that kiwis represent “the ability to give birth to large ideas.” Our new logo has an updated illustration of our kiwi. We refreshed the rounded box and the color green. This darker shade of green works with our expanded portfolio. You’ll see our new look on our website, our social channels and in all of our products very soon.

So what else has changed?
Not much! At the core, our commitment remains the same.  We continue to focus on developing young innovators by creating fun and enriching experiences through our products and content. We feel so fortunate to have done this as Kiwi Crate, and we’re excited to continue to do this as KiwiCo.

5 Easy Slime Recipes for Kids


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.

Learn how to make super slime, pick-up putty, a glowing bouncy ball, and more with our Chalkboard & Glow Slime Crate!

Sand Slime (Ages 3-16)

Kids will love oozing the sandy goo through their fingers. To add an element of science fun, try experimenting with different ratios of glue and liquid starch to form slime of varying consistencies. For this slime, have school glue, liquid starch, and sand at the ready!


Simple Slime Recipe (Ages 2-9)

This fun sensory science experience just requires borax, white glue, and food coloring. Once it’s done, you can start talking about polymers.


Magnetic Slime (Ages 9-16)

In this experiment, we uplevel your standard goo to a jet-black magnetic version that will magically move and dance without you even touching it! You’ll need liquid starch, white glue, iron oxide powder, and magnets.

Golden Slime (Ages 3-6)

Create an amazing, oozing mix of ingredients that encourages sensory play fun. Don’t worry about getting a little messy, because who doesn’t like slime? Bury little treasures inside your golden slime and dig them out!


Glitter Slime Monsters (Ages 3-8)

Create a little monster to keep your slime safe! You’ll need glitter glue, small containers (baby food jars work), and liquid starch to make these little polymer monsters. Quick tip, be sure you don’t add too much starch, or rather than stretch, it will quickly get a bit stiff and start to snap when pulled apart.


Learn more about polymers with these four science projects!

Yummy Polymer Gummies (Ages 8-16)

Did you know that fruit gummies get their chewy texture from polymers? You can picture the molecules that make up gelatin as long, twisty chains. When you heat up the gelatin and water mixture, the heat causes those chains to break apart into smaller pieces. When the mixture cools, the broken-up chains start to stick to each other again. But they do this in a way that creates tiny pockets in between them. Tiny drops of water get trapped in those pockets, which creates a yummy gummy texture.


Milk Plastic Tags (Ages 9-16)

Plastic from milk? Sounds crazy, but it’s true! Before modern plastic was invented, this type of plastic was used to make things like buttons, beads, and pens. Were you ever told – Drink your milk, it’s full of protein! Well, that protein, called casein, is what you turned into plastic. Casein is a polymer, and up close, casein molecules look like squiggly balls. The vinegar makes the squiggles unfold, stretch out, and grab onto one another.


Bouncy Ball (Ages 4-16)

Did you know you can make your own bouncy balls at home? The glue you used contains some super-long molecules called polymers. In the glue, these polymers are free to float around without getting tangled up with each other. But when you added the borax, that caused a chemical reaction to take place. That reaction caused the long polymer molecules to stick to each other. This makes it impossible for the molecules to slide past each other, and that’s what turns the liquid glue into a bouncy ball. This type of reaction is called cross-linking.


Pencil Tricks (Ages 5-9)

Most plastic bags are made of polyethylene, a polymer that is durable, flexible, and shaped like long strands.  When the pencil is quickly pierced into the bag of water, the polyethylene molecules separate but don’t break, forming a seal around the pencil.



8 Ways to Raise Confident Kids


One of my fondest hopes is for my children to grow up to be confident — in themselves, in their capabilities, and in their beliefs.

As the founder of Kiwi Crate, I’m often asked about the inspiration behind the company. Much of the inspiration comes down to confidence. At Kiwi Crate, we intentionally design fun, enriching, hands-on activities that engage kids and help them build their creative confidence. We believe that this confidence helps kids think big and act like creators and producers instead of just consumers. Kids with creative confidence don’t assume one “right way” to build with LEGOs, paint a picture, or solve a problem. Their unique way is the right way!

We celebrate tinkering, experimentation, and a diversity of outcomes. At the end of the day, our vision is to equip kids with the confidence and curiosity to tackle problems where there is no one right answer. The world is complex, and the jobs of the future aren’t necessarily the ones that we see right now. Cathy N. Davidson, co-director of the annual MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions, notes that 65 percent of today’s grade-school kids may end up doing work that hasn’t been invented yet. We are going to need a lot of creative, confident problem-solvers to develop solutions that address the issues and opportunities of tomorrow.

At home, my husband and I often think about how to foster an inner confidence and sense of self in our three children. We have a strong belief that this is critical to help them tackle challenges (at school, on the soccer field, at home, or in life!) with tenacity and persistence. We expect them to give their best selves, to engage deeply, and to make things happen. While this is definitely a work in progress, here are eight ideas that we’ve come to appreciate on our parenting journey.

#1 Encourage tenacity.

Figuring out how to encourage kids to be tough is tough. We want them to appreciate that things don’t always come easily, and that succeeding often takes hard work and lots of practice. Even when things get difficult, we expect them to put in the time, sweat, and energy to keep on. The grit and determination it takes to do your best and to try hard time and time again are associated with a deep sense of ownership, pride, and accomplishment. Confidence comes from toughing it out.

As parents, we try to give our children enough space to try to tackle challenges on their own, while supporting them and providing a little coaching to help them along. This was put to the test recently as our two grade-schoolers tackled an annual extracurricular project: writing and illustrating their own book. I have to admit, it hasn’t been easy to get them to come up with a unique idea, draft the story, write out every word in ink (neatly), and then draw and color the supporting illustrations. We’ve seen foot-dragging, crumpled and smudged pages, grumbling, and an overall reluctance to step out of their comfort zone to take on such a big, hairy project. I confess to nagging now and then, but we do our best to ensure the work is their very own. And at the end of it all, when their own hardcover book comes home, they experience a real sense of achievement. We’ve seen their pride in their work grow year after year, to the point that our oldest, now a fourth-grader, has both the confidence and the skills to write and illustrate books completely on her own.


#2 Appreciate the process.

While it may be too much to ask kids to relish the hard work required to master or complete something, we hope that they don’t simply give up when the going gets tough. We want them to engage, not throw their hands up or take the easy way out. And, as tempting as it might be sometimes, we shouldn’t jump in and do the work ourselves. While it may solve the problem in the moment, we know that won’t teach them how to figure out problems on their own.

When my daughter was just a year old or so, I remember reading about Stanford professor Carol Dweck’s work on the growth mindset, and the importance of appreciating the process, not just the product. That is, the journey and effort is just as important (if not more important) than the outcome. It’s taken a little time for me to internalize this, but I’ve come to appreciate how my words and actions can influence how my kids approach challenges. Last year, my daughter and her friend took part in a program where they were challenged to build a carnival game out of cardboard — with no instructions. For hours, they tested, iterated, and improved their design. It wasn’t easy to watch them struggle and make mistakes, but I managed to restrain my instinct to help and allowed them to solve their problems on their own. It was so rewarding to see the growth and learning happening right in front of me. I tried to emphasize just how impressed I was by their effort, with the hopes that it would bolster their confidence and encourage them to lean in, even when it’s hard.


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#3 Develop dreamers.

One of my many joys as a parent is the chance to experience the world through my children’s eyes. Our youngest is now six months old, and he constantly reminds us how much curiosity and wonder are innate to children. In our parenting, we hope to help them retain that drive to explore and imagine as they grow up. We want them to have the confidence and curiosity to ask questions and to tap into their imaginations to solve tough problems. After all, from airplanes to self-driving cars to antibiotics to new cancer therapies, every new idea started with a “what if.”

By having the freedom to make connections on their own, kids develop the confidence to explore and figure things out for themselves. We try to help our kids explore their interests, from static electricity to backyard lizards, as long as they (and others — like the lizards!) aren’t getting hurt.


We also want to allow our kids the freedom to explore and to tap into their imaginations to come up with their own ideas. This can result in some very entertaining family games, such as our second-grader’s recent combination of kickball, basketball, and dodgeball, and a fun game that our fourth-grader proposed on a long car trip: “Create names of places you’d never want to visit.” As you might imagine, answers like “Pooville” were met with peals of laughter.

#4 Explore different paths.

I’d love to do more with my kids to encourage them to find new ways to solve a problem. I believe that the practice of exploring their own creative ideas for solving problems and asserting their point of view will get them comfortable with acknowledging that there is often no one set way of doing things. It presents them with an opportunity to appreciate the possibilities. Also, I think it lays a foundation for innovation and the confidence to try new things and new approaches.

We’ve found that it can be rewarding to work together as a family to solve a problem. On a hike last year, we tried to find different ways to cross a creek. We built a bridge with rocks and sticks, and discovered that while some rocks worked well, others weren’t steady under our weight. We also looked for a strong, sturdy vine to act like Tarzan and swing across, and discussed how fun it would be if we could build a zipline to ride. (Unfortunately, the swing and zipline were ideas that we couldn’t quite put to the test.) Of course, there was the very wet approach of simply taking our shoes off and walking across too!

Another way for kids to appreciate different approaches and paths is to have several kids tackle the same problem and see the diversity in the solutions. My oldest two were drawing self-portraits just the other day. From the medium (marker vs colored pencil) to the perspective (full body vs headshot), both their processes and their end results were completely different. My hope is that experiences like these will allow them to celebrate their own perspective, while giving them a new, fresh way of looking at things.


#5 Take the pain out of failures.

Mistakes and failures are part of the process of growing and gaining confidence, but they’re not that fun. So how do we encourage our kids to take risks? How do we get them to dust themselves off when they fall and try again? We know that no one is going to get things right all of the time. Failing and getting back up helps build confidence. It’s the confidence that, even if you don’t know how to do something or if something’s hard, you can do it. It may take several tries, but you’ll learn and prevail. I often think back to one of my favorite quotes from basketball legend Michael Jordan: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Sometimes we find our kids are hesitant to try something new or difficult. We remind them that no one starts off good at anything; to get there, you have to push through, even though you’ll falter here and there. In her off-season, my daughter plays indoor soccer. We are encouraging her to try new moves and experiment with her shots. We are basically giving her permission to fail! More experienced players know that developing your skills means trying something new and failing until you’re able to master it. As she’s started to take on defenders with her new tricky moves, it’s been a little hit or miss. But, for certain moves, she’s starting to see the practice pay off with tangible results, and we see her confidence in her skills grow.

#6 Promote independence.

We want our kids to learn that they can master something and rise from failure on their own. At the end of the day, their confidence is tied to this independence. As they get older, we won’t always be there. So one of the things that we try to do is encourage our kids to speak for themselves and to make their own choices. Finding their own voice can be as simple as allowing them to order their own meals at restaurants.

The other week, my first-grader was at the library. He was having some issues with the self-checkout, so he had to approach the librarian at the desk with his books and library card. As we walked up to the desk, the librarian turned to me and asked how she could help. I didn’t respond. Instead, I turned to my son. He had to pipe up, explain the issue, and get things resolved so he could take his books home. I’m glad he had to assert himself to solve a problem, and I hope that he continues to do so. Ultimately, I hope this translates into having kids who will stand up for themselves and for what they believe in with strength and conviction.

#7 Set a good example.

We all know that our children are watching us and modeling our behaviors — sometimes, a little too closely! (I swear it feels like we can’t get away with anything.) In any case, as parents, we have a responsibility to set a good example, even when it’s not easy or inconvenient, and this definitely includes having a growth mindset ourselves.

Unfortunately, I’ve been caught not setting the best example. A couple of years ago, we discovered that everyone in the family could do a set of two or more pull-ups … except for me. I joked and said that I didn’t think we were ever going to get 100% participation because of me. My children were appalled. “You need to work hard, Mommy,” my then-5-year-old said. “If you try and practice, you can do it.” Gulp. They basically spun my own words for them back on me. So, I’ve been on a quest to be able to do more pull-ups, because they’re right. I should be able to do it with some hard work and effort. They called me out on not setting a good example, so that’s even more motivation!


#8 Foster time together.

As a final note, spending time with our kids and exploring the world together helps bolster their confidence. As the CEO of a start-up and mom to three kids, I am often distracted and pulled in many directions. Yet, I know that carving out the time to feed their curiosity, to play, and to explore together demonstrates to my kids that they are worth my time and attention. So I try my best, because that time together enforces that I think they are important and feeds their confidence.

As you spend time with your children and help them cultivate their confidence, I’d love to learn your tips!

16 Science Projects Your Kids Will Love


Spark scientific curiosity with these fun experiments and projects for kids that cover everything from engineering to biology. Witnessing milk turn to plastic or closing a circuit with a graphite pencil will liven up the weekend and inspire kids to fall in love with hands-on science. These are great for budding scientists, innovators, and makers!

Milk Plastic Tags (Ages 9-16)

Plastic from milk? Sounds crazy, but it’s true! Before modern plastic was invented, this type of plastic was used to make things like buttons, beads, and pens. Give this experiment a try and you’ll discover some amazing secrets hiding in a glass of milk. Create a plastic material to tag or personalize your belongings!


Color Changing Carnations (Ages 3-9)

There’s just something so magical about watching the color travel up through the stem all the way to the tips of the petals. It’s a great experiment for opening a discussion on how plants get their food and water!

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Spinning Homopolar Motor Sculpture (Ages 9-16)

Use principles of electromagnetism to make a spinning sculpture out of disc magnets, a AA battery, and magnet wire. You can make all sorts of cool designs, and your wire doesn’t actually have to be in a rectangle!

Dry Ice Bubbles Science Experiments (Ages 9-16)

Dry ice isn’t actually ice at all! It’s the solid form of carbon dioxide. The dry ice is so much colder than the warm water, it turns immediately into a gas, which (along with the water) creates the fog you see inside the bubble. If you want your bubbles to stick, you can use a plate or tray with a little soap on top of it. Make sure you have parent help on this experiment and don’t touch the dry ice with your bare hands!

Liquid Hourglass (Ages 7-16)

In this experiment, you saw that the oil floats on top of the water. This is because the water is more dense than the oil. Density is a measure of how tightly packed a material is. When oil and water come together, the water will sink to the bottom, while the less dense oil floats to the top. Because the liquid has to pass through the holes in the lid, this happens drop-by-drop, creating your oil-and-water hourglass!


Yummy Polymer Gummies (Ages 8-16) 

You can picture the molecules that make up gelatin as long, twisty chains. When you heated up the gelatin and water mixture, the heat caused those chains to break apart into smaller pieces. When the mixture cools, the broken-up chains start to stick to each other again. But they do this in a way that creates tiny pockets in between them. Tiny drops of water get trapped in those pockets, which creates a yummy gummy texture.


Solar Oven (Ages 5-16)

Solar ovens work by using the sunlight as an energy for heating. The foil surface of the oven reflects sunlight into the box, increasing the amount of heat. There are many other versions of solar cookers, and some use a curved reflective surface to concentrate the heat. The plastic film wrap at the top of the solar oven lets sunlight in, but helps keep the heat contained. As a result, you can harness the power of the sun to help you heat up your treats!


Hammered Leaves (Ages 7-16)

You can look up what kinds of plants the leaves come from and write down the latin names! We gathered Hedera helix (ivy), Acer Palmatum (japanese maple), Limonium caspium (purple flowers), Pistacia chinensis (green multiple leaves), and Cinnamomum camphora (red leaf).


Pressure Bottle Rocket (Ages 9-16)

Grab a friend and find a wide open space to launch your rocket. Have your friend press the cork into the bottle and flip it so the nose cone is pointing upwards and away from you. The bottle should gently rest in one hand and the pump should be firmly held in the other. When your friend and rocket are ready, start pumping! The pressure will start to build and after a few seconds, your rocket will blast off into the air!


Bending Turkey Bones (Ages 5-16)

Bones that bend? Is that even possible? Yes it is! Vinegar is a mild acid, but it is strong enough to dissolve away the calcium in bones. Once the calcium dissolves, all that is left is soft bone tissue. Give this experiment a try to see it for yourself!


Graphite Circuit (Ages 9-16)

Can you complete LED circuit using a graphite pencil? Graphite is an electrical conductor, perfect for learning about circuits and electricity! Because graphite is low in conductivity, the success of a circuit will depend on the length, thickness, and amount of graphite on the paper. For example, the longer the graphite path is, the dimmer your light will be.


Glow in the Dark Flower (Ages 5-8)

This project uses a “black light” to make a flower glow. Black lights look a little bit purple, but it’s the light they produce that you can’t see that’s really interesting. Black lights produce ultraviolet (UV) light. Our eyes can’t perceive UV light, but our skin can feel it; UV light is the reason we get sunburns. Some substances, like the ink in many highlighter pens, will glow under a UV light. The fluorescent ink absorbs the energy in the UV light, and then emits it as visible light. Groovy!


Green Fire Pinecones (Ages 7-16)

Did you know that fire doesn’t always burn orange? In fact, there are a wide range of colors that fire can be. In this chemistry experiment, we’ll show you how to make a pinecone that creates green fire when tossed in your fireplace! Note: This experiment involves fire, and must be conducted by an adult, or with close adult supervision and assistance.

Egg Geodes (Ages 9-16) 

Have you ever grown your own crystal geodes? Try this egg experiment and grow your very own borax crystals in a shell! Experiment with different borax concentrations and see how big your crystals can grow.


 Mini Snow Machine (Ages 9-16)

Turn on your fan and watch your snow machine go! You can try shaking the cup up and down or tilting it sideways to get different patterns. If you’re feeling like making a mess, you can take off the top cup and spray snow around the room!


Bottle Cap Bots (Ages 9-16)

Lazy days are a perfect time to turn simple household objects into motor-powered toys. You can change how your bot steers by sticking a small piece of clay to the bottom of the bottle cap. See if you can find a way to get your bot to travel in a straight line, or try setting up an obstacle course for your bot to navigate!





10 Kid-Friendly Experiments on the Science of Gas


Get hands-on with gas as a state of matter in these ten fun science experiments for kids. You’ll discover the awesome fizzy reactions and the incredible power gasses like air have! Try these at home with the family and see for yourself. Side note: a joke or two will come with the territory of discussing this state of matter. 😉

Bath Bombs (Ages 9-16)

A few ingredients in these bath bombs create a fizzy reaction: baking soda, citric acid, and bath water. When the two dry ingredients, baking soda and citric acid, hit the bath water, they react and create carbon dioxide bubbles. The bigger your bath bomb, the longer this reaction will last.


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KiwiCo offers awesome chemistry lab kits. Learn more about our Glow Lab, Fire Lab and Vortex Lab.

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Solids, Liquids, Gas – Oh My! (Ages 3-6)

A simple activity to help young kids get their heads around states of matter. Let little scientists  invent different ways to compare the balloons and see the differences for themselves like crash tests, tapping each, comparing weights, and more! As your kids work, encourage them to use the words solid, liquid, and gas, so that they began associating the differences with each state of matter.


Egg in a Bottle (Ages 9-16)

As the flame burns inside the bottle, it heats up the air around it, causing it to expand. If you see your egg vibrating slightly, this is because air is escaping from the bottle. When the flame goes out, the air in the bottle cools and shrinks. This is what sucks the egg into the bottle!


Baking Soda-Powered Boat Science Experiment (Ages 7-16)

By mixing baking soda and vinegar, you get a chemical reaction which creates carbon dioxide gas. When this happens inside the bottle boat, the gas only has one way to escape, and that’s out the straw. The gas flying down the straw and out the back pushes the boat forwards. This is the same principle used by airplane jet engines. Hot gasses are thrown backward out of the engine, and that propels the airplane forward.


Thermal Powered Flower (Ages 9-16)

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!


Balloon Hovercraft (Ages 9-16)

You don’t need high-tech gadgets to make your own hovercraft! This balloon-powered toy is easy to make with household materials and is a ton of fun. A light push sends it gliding along in a straight path. Keep blowing the balloon up for more and more fun!


Instant Cloud Science Experiment (Ages 5-16)

When you release the pressure, the gas inside rapidly expands. This expansion causes the rubbing alcohol vapor inside your bottle to cool off very quickly and condense into little tiny droplets. These droplets are your cloud!


Magic Inflating Balloons (Ages 5-16)

Lift the balloon up, allowing the baking soda to pour into the bottle. This causes a carbon dioxide gas reaction that makes the balloon inflate. How cool is it to watch the balloon expand? After the balloon is fully inflated, pull the balloon off and discard it (as balloons are a choking hazard).


Fizzy Candy (Ages 8-16)

This recipe keeps the citric acid and baking soda separate until you eat it. When these two ingredients combine with the saliva in your mouth, it creates carbon dioxide gas. It doesn’t “pop” like the fizzy candy sold in stores, but you are still experiencing a chemical reaction in your mouth!


Water Volcano in a Bottle (Ages 4-9)

Try out this two-part water experiment! First, why can’t you blow up a balloon in a bottle? And, second, what happens when you blow it up and then fill it with water?



10 Creative Heart Projects for Kids


Get to the heart of the matter on Valentine’s Day, or any other day of the year, with these fun family projects. Create a homemade celebration with heart cards, gifts, food, and even a little math.

Valentine Fingerprint Stencil Heart (Ages 3-16)

Make a meaningful personalized valentine to capture the moment. Fingerprints are a great way to remember how precious, unique and little your kids’ fingers are!


Light-Up Valentine (Ages 9-16)

This card is sure to be the highLIGHT of your Valentine’s day! Conductive paint makes this an easy, but impressive, circuitry project.


String Art Valentine (Ages 9-16)

What better way to show appreciation than a unique, handmade letter? This year, share a hand embroidered card with friends and family.


Heart Mug (Ages 9-16)

It’s nice to gift presents that will be well loved and used. These mugs can be filled up with chocolate goodies, a great DIY gift for someone special!


Valentine Thaumatrope (Ages 6-16)

Once you finish your design, test your thaumatrope by rolling it back and forth between your hands. Can you see your two images meld into one? What other pairs of images can you think of?


Valentine’s Clothespin Counting Card (Ages 2-5)

Practice counting with this Valentine’s Day clothespin counting card. Have your child count the number of hearts in each section of the card and attach the corresponding clothespin. Turn it into a game by putting all the clothespins in a container, and picking a clothespin without looking.


A Little Flubber (Ages 3-9)

This Valentine’s Day, nothing says “love” quite like a giant tub of flubber! Stretch and play with your flubber or use cookie cutters to create fun shapes.

Confetti Heart Art (Ages 3-9)

Kids love making a mess, so they’ll jump at the chance to make a confetti bomb art project. A colorful (and fun to make!) sheet of heart art always has a place on the fridge.


Valentine Snack Platter (Ages 4-16)

This fruit and cheese platter is a yummy and healthy way to celebrate Valentine’s Day without all the sugar! Kids can help my kids helped shape many of these healthy snacks into heart shapes.


Conversation Heart Math (Ages 3-9)

Make math equations fun and festive with conversation hearts for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy playing at each child’s own level of math.


For families with a tradition of sweet little chocolate surprises, try our easy cutout cards!


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