Friday, June 20, 2014

I am joining my friends from Kid Blogger Network in a round up of topics interesting for parents and caregivers looking for fun activities to do with their kids. Since my 7 year old is very convinced that she will become an engineer, specifically, a mechanical engineer, I want to share 12 amazing engineering projects for kids from the blogosphere including, of course, ideas from this blog.
12 Amazing Engineering Projects for Kids to try at home
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1. Build a toy parachute

Toy parachute tutorial from Zakka Life
You can treat this project as an engineering challenge or follow an excellent toy parachute tutorial from Zakka Life. And check out this terrific round up of crafts that fly from The Pleasantest Thing.

2. Be a Junk Modeler!

Cardboard City from Lemon Lime Adventures
Cardboard is a cheap and easily available material for young engineers. Build a cardboard city from Lemon Lime Adventures or visit my blog buddy Mama Smiles: Joyful Parenting who guest posted on In the Playroom about 10 wondrous things one can do with cardboard boxes.

3. Make Your Own Geoboard

I like this “industrial strength” geoboard from Crayon Box Chronicles because my 7 year old can practice screwing bolts and then play with her new board. Definitely doing one this summer!
Geoboard

4. Build a Catapult

Everyone loves flinging objects across some distance, and there are several ways to build catapults including an open ended “engineering challenge” project. I like this simple catapult from Kids Activities Blog , and this post also contains links to more advanced catapult version.
simple-diy-catapult

5. Design a Boat that Floats

Designing the boat that floats was the first engineering challenge for my 7 year old and her friend, and it was fun to see how they approached this task. Clearly, my daughter still needs to learn a lot before becoming an engineer.
Boat that floats from Planet Smarty Pants

6. Paper Airplanes ++

Testing different designs of airplanes is fun by itself, but Frugal Fun 4 Boys took it to the next level with a DIY paper airplane launcher.
Paper Airplane Launcher from Frugal Fun 4 Boys

7. Build a Balloon-Powered Car…

Future engineers need to understand forces of nature. Science Sparks has a brilliant post about forces and a great project to go with it – a balloon powered Lego car.
Balloon powered Lego car from Science Sparks

8. … Build a Propeller-Powered Car…

I pinned this propeller-powered car from Instructables as a potential summer project, but my daughter did something very similar this week in Camp Galileo (sponsored link), except her car their was driven by a sail.
A Propeller Car from Instructables

9. … Or Build an Egg Racer Car

This was another engineering challenge that we had around Easter – first we made egg drivers and then each of us designed a race car for our drivers.. Of course, Papa’s car won!
Lego Egg Racer from Planet Smarty Pants

10. Build a Robot

Robots hold endless fascination for future engineers. I am intrigued by this bristle bot from Evil Mad Scientist. I also highly recommend to check out this Really Rocking Robot Roundup from Brain Power Boy.
A Bristle Bot from Mad Evil Scientist

11. Design a Marble Run

We have a marble run set, and Smarty enjoys trying out different configurations, but I still have a self-made marble run on the list of things to do. I love this simple DIY marble run from toilet paper rolls from TinkerLab, but Buggy and Buddy has a great round up of homemade marble run ideas to choose from.
DIY Marble Run from Tinkerlab

12. Cool Off With Ice Architecture

Last, but not least Almost Unschoolers is a treasure trove of great ideas for older kids. She has several great ice architecture ideas including this Ice Cube Roman Arch.
An Ice Arch from Almost Unschoolers

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53 comments:

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Such fun ideas! I love engineering projects for kids.

kazdot said...

I wish someone had done these things with me when I was a kid. The projects could still teach me a thing or two!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I think I have a little propeller in the closest somewhere - time dig it back out! :)

Ticia said...

My eyes are crossing at all the names to scroll through.

We need to do some engineering stuff this summer. Batman has a couple of fun kits that we need to play around with and see what we can do with them.

Mary Pearce said...

I love that these ideas use found-around-the-house stuff.

Mary Pearce said...

Love that these use around-the-house stuff to build with.

Mary Catherine said...

I looooooove this collection of ideas -- thank you! My son and I are going to sit down and read it together soon. :)

The Meek Moose said...

These are all great! I really want to step up having engineering lessons in my classroom next year.
~Heather
The Meek Moose

Pschooltoolbox said...

This is a great round-up! So many suggestions for incorporating STEM into everyday play! Nice job!

Carolin said...

I love the ice bridge. Such a fun idea.

Ursula Wilbraham said...

AWESOME website!!!!

Ursula Wilbraham said...

Aweseom website!!!!

Vesper Meikle said...

Love them - I want to build the catapult

Boy Mama Teacher Mama said...

WOW ! So many cool ideas! Thanks for co-hosting at After School!

Miss Manatee said...

Thank you for this amazing contest. The blogs involved are worth following, including yours!

mmstarla said...

I love this! My nieces will love this too. I love that it's so easy to find everything around the house. Pretty impressive that your 7 year old already has that mindset.. hello taking care of mama, eh? :)

Michelle Li said...

Thank you

Michelle Li said...

Thank you

Michelle Cannon said...

These look like super-fun idea!

Diana Sweeney said...

The catapult looks cool!

Sharon Garrett said...

These projects are great, I added it to my kids PINTEREST wall.

Sharon Garrett said...

These are great projects, I pinned it to my kid Pinterest wall.

Camille L said...

Modelling junks is a great idea to recycle things!

Stephanie said...

These look so fun! I'm looking for ideas to keep my boy busy during the summer ~ I think he's going to love these!

David Smith said...

Cool ideas for projects for a kid. I like the catapult project, that looks like it would be fun to do.

Cris said...

Good ideas!

kathyluman said...

These are some great engineering projects that I can do with my grandkids. Thanks.

Michelle Li said...

Thank you for the chance.

Stacey Kostich said...

This is such a great page. My son loves legos and building.....he will love these activities

Debra Holloway said...

I absolutely love these ideas. I think they will inspire kids and build their self-confidence. When I was little we built a go-cart. It was a lot of fun too, and these projects look fun.

Amanda said...

Cute ideas!

trishden said...

All of these are such great learning activities. I love the ice architecture. Thanks for sharing.
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Vasilis said...

congrats on the giveaway

irma5353 said...

Awesome learning activities! Cant wait to try some!

Mel Clemens said...

That balloon car looks like fantastic fun!

Sandi said...

I really want to try the ice cube arch.

Ana Pereira said...

Thank you...

Nichole Bentley said...

If I showed all of these to my son, I am certain that the catapult would be the first project he would want to get into. Great ideas!!

Jeanette J said...

I'll have to try some of these ideas with my grandsons

Jill R. said...

These are great ideas to get kids interested in engineering!


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Stephanie Shipley said...

My son would love to create these! I especially like the toy parachute. How cute!

Jessica Niccoli said...

Love these ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Joanne Higgins said...

great ideas, but my kids are a little young, will definatly try to remember them though xx

Birdie Bee said...

These are some amazing projects for kids to get them thinking. I love all of the ideas!

Nicole Mecham said...

Okay the toy parachute is ADORABLE. Love these ideas!

Jay said...

These are all great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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Thomas Gibson said...

My nephew is really into this stuff. He is smarter than me it seems.

Ronald Gagnon said...

Sadly i have no children but I will be forwarding these wonderful ideas to my two brothers who do

Karen Chayne Sanchez said...

WOW! this are brilliant and amazing engineering projects for kids! My daughter would love to try this one! ;)

KellyG said...

I love these ideas, they look like a lot of fun!

Stacey Roberson said...

I love the parachute idea. My little guy has a toy parachute that he loves, but lost. We'll have to build him a new one.

Sarah Mills said...

High five to your daughter for wanting to be a mechanical engineer. Thank you for this round up of STEM projects, I want to go assemble my own floating boat now :) Sharing on K12's Pinterest for others to enjoy!

nancy john said...

We so take for granted that children can learn a language with ease and we completely forgot that the process of moving to a new language can be very disruptive to them.

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