Engineering Projects

Medieval Articulated Puppets

Medieval Articulated Puppets

Make articulated puppets of knights and have playful shadow puppet duels for your medieval unit study! We love shadow puppets! Over the years, we have created many different shadow puppet templates. Some have been fairy-tales, others have depicted myths and legends,...

DIY Steampunk Wooden Robots

DIY Steampunk Wooden Robots

Introduce kids to woodworking by challenging them to create these whimsical steampunk wooden robots - from wood, screws and metal scraps! There is a certain appeal to a pile of loose hardware, wouldn't you say? All those nuts, bolts and little metal scraps seem so...

How to Make Simple Articulated Robots with Kids

How to Make Simple Articulated Robots with Kids

Build a simple articulated wooden robot! It is a great engineering project to teach kids how articulation works and a perfect woodworking project for beginners. My kids have a lot of toys. When I've just tripped over one, I tend to think they have too many....

Pumpkin House: Engineering Project for Kids

Pumpkin House: Engineering Project for Kids

Learn the tips and tricks of how to build a pumpkin house for an autumn STEM project with kids! If I learned something from my son, who loves building, it would be this - anything can be used for engineering constructions! I still remember him vividly at...

How to Make a Castle from Cardboard

How to Make a Castle from Cardboard

Learn how to make a castle from cardboard, paper rolls and other recyclables!  Chances are, you have a lot of packing tubes, paper towel and wrapping paper rolls, potato chip or nut containers in your recycling bin. We sure did. At least, until we decided to make...

How to Make a Windmill Model with a Printable Pattern

How to Make a Windmill Model with a Printable Pattern

Make a windmill model at home and hold an engineering study with children! With a printable template, building your own toy windmill is a quick and easy STEM activity. Windmills are fascinating machines, both aesthetically and technologically. For centuries, they...

Backyard Railroad Engineering: Outdoor STEM Challenge for Kids

Backyard Railroad Engineering: Outdoor STEM Challenge for Kids

Like many kids, my son likes everything on wheels. Cars, construction machinery, emergency vehicles, trains. Especially trains. He also loves playing in the backyard, and for several summer now, I've been thinking how much fun it would be to build a railroad outside....

How to Make a Bean Teepee for Backyard Play

How to Make a Bean Teepee for Backyard Play

If you're looking for a kids' gardening project this summer, try building a bean teepee. This natural play tent is a fun addition to the backyard and a perfect hideout for little explorers. Last summer was our first as home owners, and we were as excited about our big...

DIY Foam Glider Airplane with Printable Pattern & Design

DIY Foam Glider Airplane with Printable Pattern & Design

Do your kids like foam glider airplanes? Craft a DIY version together at home! With a printable pattern, it's very easy. In my opinion, foam airplanes are on par with balloons for kids. Both are simple, but bring exuberant amount of fun to kids. Never last long...

DIY Layer Blocks for Building Doll Houses and Ramps

DIY Layer Blocks for Building Doll Houses and Ramps

If your kids are into STEM activities and building, these wooden layer blocks will add a new dimension to their wooden block play and allow them to build multi-leveled doll houses, garages and towers! A few years ago, when we first started playing with wooden building...

Scrap Robots: STEM Challenge

Scrap Robots: STEM Challenge

Put together a tinkering box with odd hardware pieces and scrap metal, add a set of magnets and have STEAM building fun with kids, creating quirky steampunk robots and machines. Building! Robots! With magnets! Each of these words must sound like a song to my son....

Woodscrew Art: Introducing Kids to Screwdriving Tools

Woodscrew Art: Introducing Kids to Screwdriving Tools

At three months old, Anselm preferred his wooden hammer over his other toys. By twelve months, he had acquired five different hammers, and he has loved tools ever since. Whenever Jeffrey was fixing something around the house, Budster could be seen squatting next to...

Blocks

Lego

LEGO Duplo Alphabet Mats: Uppercase & Lowercase Letters

LEGO Duplo Alphabet Mats: Uppercase & Lowercase Letters

Build the alphabet with Duplo bricks, using these printable Lego Duplo Alphabet Mats with uppercase and lowercase letter designs! Also check: Lego 3D AlphabetLego 2D AlphabetPattern Block AlphabetMagna-Tiles Alphabet Before my son was old enough to dedicate the living...

LEGO Alphabet

LEGO Alphabet

Use these printable LEGO alphabet mats to combine early literacy with STEM and teach letters in a playful hands-on way! Everything is a little more fun with LEGO! That’s why we try to include the blocks into as many of our learning activities as we can. The kids love...

LEGO Letters Printable

LEGO Letters Printable

Teach your children the alphabet in a playful hands-on way by making Lego letters! Also check: Lego 3D AlphabetLego Duplo AlphabetPattern Block AlphabetMagna-Tiles Alphabet About LEGO Letters If you have a LEGO lover around, you know that everything is a little more...

Lego Duplo Animal Alphabet with Free Printable Cards

Lego Duplo Animal Alphabet with Free Printable Cards

Use Lego Duplo to build animals while learning the alphabet! Included are 26 free printable cards with ideas of animal and letter designs. My son was not among the natural early readers. He never worried about mastering his letters, as long as there were things to...

12 Spring Lego Projects for Easter Egg Hunt or Basket

12 Spring Lego Projects for Easter Egg Hunt or Basket

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the LEGO Easter eggs we made to fill with small LEGO surprises for our Easter egg hunt. I haven't mentioned that in this case the chickens came before eggs - that is, we planned our LEGO surprises first. We have been working on the...

Lego Doodle Cars

Lego Doodle Cars

We hear a lot about cars around our place...  we draw them, we build them, we read about them, and we trip over them! Vehicles have been Budster's immutable passion for about a year, and we begin to wonder if he will ever tire of them. He delights that there...

Pattern Blocks

Birds: Free Pattern Block Designs

Birds: Free Pattern Block Designs

Get the free printable pack of bird pattern block designs for STEM centres in your preschool and kindergarten! Children will learn the names of birds, practice building skills and math - all at once. In most classrooms, whether homeschool or traditional, pattern...

Easter & Spring Pattern Block Design Templates

Easter & Spring Pattern Block Design Templates

Get the free printable pack of Easter and spring pattern block designs for STEM centers in your preschool and kindergarten! Pattern blocks are far from being new in most classrooms, but they were a recent discovery for us. Even though we already have a lot of building...

Pattern Block Alphabet: Printable Challenge Cards

Pattern Block Alphabet: Printable Challenge Cards

Combine early literacy with STEM and teach the alphabet in a playful hands-on way with these printable pattern block cards! Also check: Lego 3D AlphabetLego 2D AlphabetLego Duplo AlphabetMagna-Tiles Alphabet One of the latest additions to our classroom are these...

Magna-Tiles

Magna Tiles Designs

Magna Tiles Designs

Looking for new Magna Tiles designs to try? Here are our favourite Magna Tile ideas to build, with printable cards for inspiration. No matter how exciting and desirable at first, even the best of toys tend to fall out of favour. Take LEGO for example! A great toy,...

Magna Tile Ideas to Print and Build!

Magna Tile Ideas to Print and Build!

Looking for Magna Tile ideas for kids to build? Choose one of 166 printable Magna Tile designs and build away! There are letters, numbers, geometric shapes, 2D and 3D creative designs. No matter how exciting and engaging at first, most toys eventually fall out of...

Magnatiles Matching Game

Magnatiles Matching Game

Practice colour, shape and pattern recognition with this matching game that kids can make by using Magna-Tiles! They're our son's favourite building blocks, so it's more fun to do anything that involves them. Don't you like it when kids invent their own educational...

Magnetic Tiles Number Challenge Cards

Magnetic Tiles Number Challenge Cards

A great addition to a math corner for preschool and kindergarten, these printable cards encourage kids to make numbers from Magna-Tiles, Picasso Tiles, and other magnetic tiles. Also check: Magnetic Tiles Uppercase Alphabet, Magnetic Tiles Lowercase Alphabet, Magnetic...

Magna-Tiles Uppercase Alphabet Printable Cards

Magna-Tiles Uppercase Alphabet Printable Cards

A great addition to your literacy corner, these printable cards encourage kids to make letters with Magna-Tiles, Picasso Tiles, and other magnetic tiles. It is a fun hands-on way to teach the alphabet to preschoolers and kindergartners who like building. Also check:...

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