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Left Brain STEM Toys for Kids

Left Brain STEM Toys for Kids

Jeanette and I love doing the Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts for Kids list. She is taking the Right Brain art toys today and I’m tackling Left Brain STEM toys with a math or science bent. Is that even right? I looked it up from About Education:

The Right Brain

According to the left-brain, right-brain dominance theory, the right side of the brain is best at expressive and creative tasks. Some of the abilities popularly associated with the right side of the brain include:

  • Recognizing faces
  • Expressing emotions
  • Music
  • Reading emotions
  • Color
  • Images
  • Intuition
  • Creativity

The Left Brain

The left-side of the brain is considered to be adept at tasks that involve logic, language, and analytical thinking. The left-brain is described as being better at:

  • Language
  • Logic
  • Critical thinking
  • Numbers
  • Reasoning

Recent research has shown that abilities in subjects such as math are strongest when both halves of the brain work together. The upshot? Get both sides of your kids’ brains working! This is the last day of our gift giving series. Thanks for reading them!

November 3, 2015: Gifts that Give Back (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
November 10, 2015: DIY Gift Ideas (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
November 17, 2015: Gender Bending Gifts for Kids (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
November 24, 2015: Gifts to Steal from Loved Ones (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)
December 1, 2015: Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts for Kids (Last year’s: Hers, Mine)

STEM Toys for Kids

Anatomically Correct Dolls with STEM Careers!

Are you seeking an anti-Barbie doll that is anatomically correct thus subliminally sending a message of body acceptance to your kids? You might like the Lottie dolls!

Fossil Hunter Lottie Doll, $25

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DIY Gamer Kit STEM Toy

DIY Gamer Kit STEM Toy

I thought my son would enjoy the STEM toys from Technology Will Save Us, so I was thrilled when they offered me two kits. As soon as they arrived, my son wanted to build the DIY Gamer Kit in which you build your own remote control. We opted for the version with the parts already soldered in as my husband thought soldering might be too dangerous for our 10-year-old son.

DIY Gamer STEM Toy

My son looked for the instructions in box and was puzzled not to find any. Instead, he figured out that he needed to go to their website to watch video tutorials.

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Viewing the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse from Boston

Viewing the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse from Boston

Did you catch the supermoon lunar eclipse this past September 27th, 2015? It’s a supermoon and a lunar eclipse or ‘blood moon’ happening at the same time. It was visible around much of the planet in a rare celestial event. The last one was in 1982 and the next one is in 2033.
Bloodmoon super moon lunar eclipse Boston

We watched it here a few miles west of Boston. My iPhone images weren’t great but my friend Stella shared the photo her daughter Sam took.

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Amazing Time Lapse Nature

Amazing Time Lapse Nature

My husband has been taking photos at the Weston Reservoir where he walks out dog every day from the same spot. He finally made a time laspe video of them all and there’s a lot of shots of the reservoir frozen over. It was a long winter last year!

My favorite time laspe video is of of Lotte growing up. Her father shot her every day and made two versions: Birth to 12 Years and 0 to 14 years. This is under my life list: Things I Would Do If I Could Do It Over Again. I think I was just too brain dead when I was raising my kids to ever pull this  off. Read more…

Making 3D Hologram Projector: STEM for Kids

Making 3D Hologram Projector: STEM for Kids

My son saw this video on The Kid Should See It and wanted to build a 3D Hologram Projector.

Making 3D Hologram Projector: STEM for Kids
Build Hologram Projector Video

It looks simple enough and it certainly caught my 10-year-old son’s attention. The materials are easy to come by too. You just need:

  • CD Case that you can cut up
  • X-Acto Blade
  • A cutting board or something to cut on
  • clear tape
  • scissors

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Cool Inspirational Videos to Watch With Your Kids

Cool Inspirational Videos to Watch With Your Kids

My son and I have been enjoying The Kid Should See This curated videos. We picked out four of our favorites after watching several dozen.

What do we have today?

  • Bach played like you’ve never heard it — by whacking plastic tubes
  • The Guinness World Record for the largest popsicle stick chain reaction
  • Freeline skate tricks on the streets of Taipei
  • A car built of legos that runs on air? Is that possible? Yes!

We hope you enjoy them too!

Boomwhacker Bach

Whacking plastic tubes has never sounded better!  Read more…

Zoology Books and Activities for Kids

Zoology Books and Activities for Kids & Kid Lit Blog Hop

Zoology for Kids books and activities

Now that summer is here and it’s easier to get the kids outdoors, I wanted to share some great non-fiction books to introduce kids to Zoology. Zoology is the study of animals making it perfect for kids who naturally gravitate to animals, pet stores, and zoos. They are the ones who want to rescue any animal they find. Zoology is one of many career paths for kids who love animals and being outdoors! Others mentioned in Zoology for Kids include:

zookeeper: A zookeeper is a person who manages zoo animals that are kept in captivity for conservation or to be displayed to the public, and are usually responsible for the feeding and daily care of the animals.

aquarist: An aquarist is responsible for the care of fish and marine mammals kept in captivity.

veterinarian: a professional who practices veterinary medicine by treating disease, disorder, and injury in non-human animals.

wildlife researcher: zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.

ecology professor: teaches and conducts research on the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.

conservation careers: saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks.

zoologist: A zoologist is someone who studies the behaviour, origins, genetics, diseases and life progression of animals and wildlife. There are a variety of different ways that a zoologist can specialize and there are many diverse jobs in this field.

Zoology Books and Activities for Kids

I am probably having way too much fun on Flipagram making small videos set to music off my iPhone which can be posted on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook or even texted or emailed to friends and family. I’m trying to showcase books that I’m posting on such as these on Zoology.
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Very Short Science Videos for Kids

Very Short Science Videos for Kids

My son and I picked out our favorite science videos from The Kid Should Watch This. We hope you enjoy them too! Here’s our archive of favorite science videos:

The Kid Should Really See These Videos!

Amazing Videos to Share With Your Kids

My Son’s Favorite Fun and Educational Videos

The Kid Should Really See This Videos

Flu Season Science for Kids


Science for Kids: How to Make Fizzy Bottle Rockets

ExpeRimental from The Royal Institution: How to make fizzy bottle rockets using a plastic sports bottle, Alka Selzer tablet, warm water and a mug. Do this outdoors! Read more…

Arctic Egg Science: Books, Experiment and Videos

Arctic Egg Science: Books, Experiment and Videos

Now that the snow is gone after Boston’s Snowmaggedon, I can finally appreciate the cold again so I’m combining some newly published non-fiction science picture books with some videos on the artic. I hope you are ready to face the cold again too!

Arctic Tern

Arctic Tern 

Two guiding thoughts about the Artic today: protection and eggs. Here’s how they all tie together …

A Children's Guide to Arctic Birds eggs

Bird Eggs from A Children’s Guide to Arctic Birds
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