Easy Hands-On Science


With covid-19 stay-at-home orders in place around the U.S. and around the world, many parents are now home with kids 24/7, and it can be challenging just to manage that, and then feeling like we’re supposed to be educating them too is a little overwhelming! And teachers are also overwhelmed, as they try to figure out how to continue to provide resources for their students via online learning.

I’m here to help you with the science side of that! This website has a HUGE collection of ideas for  you to try with your kids at home. These have all been thoroughly play-tested by about 150 kids age 3 – 9. (3 year olds will need support from parents on many projects, 9 year olds could do most independently.) Almost all of the activities can be done with everyday materials you have at home. And you don’t have to be a science expert yourself to teach your kids!! (My degrees are in sociology and social work.)

I have over 40 themed units (click on “home” to see them all). Activities include art projects, crafts, recommended songs, games, books, science experiments, sensory play, building projects, snacks, free printable worksheets and more.

Here are a few themes to start with. Since these blog posts have been written in the past few weeks, I know all the activities work in our current home-quarantine circumstances:

Check out the home page for 40+ other themes. Also, be sure to check out my resources page for ideas for books (many are available in ebook form), streaming videos, science podcasts, and apps.

Note for teachers: I’ve been offering weekly online science classes on the Zoom teleconferencing app. For my 5 – 9 year olds, it’s a 45 – 60 minute long call. For my 3 – 6 year olds, it’s a 30-45 minute call. The way we structure those is start with a check-in circle where we have the kids share what they’ve done in the past week related to the previous theme, then we sing a song, read a book (I have kindle books that I read in the browser and “share screen” so the kids can see it), then demo some ideas for hands-on activities they can do at home. (See sample demos at youtube.com/user/janellevideo)



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  1. […] Update from 3/30/20: due to coronavirus, many parents have found themselves suddenly homeschooling (click on that link for my post on how we’re managing that!) and many teachers have found themselves suddenly creating curriculum that can be done in online classes or by parents at home with limited supplies. I’ve got resources for you! Start here: https://inventorsoftomorrow.com/2020/03/30/easy-hands-on-science/  […]


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