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  • 29 Aug

    The Soap Box Derby: An Exploration of Ramps and Gravity

      This investigation was inspired by the old fashioned Soap Box Derby races we enjoyed as children ourselves! Today, your children will experiment with gravity by changing one variable – weight – as they test how balls of the same size roll differently down two identical ramp courses. They will come to recognize and understand […]

  • 07 Jul

    The Friction Factor

      Goal for Adults: Introduce the concept of friction and how it affects motion   Goal for Children: Gain hands-on experience with the concept of friction   Directions for Facilitation: Introduce the term, friction, to the children, adjusting language to suit their age. Use literature to reinforce the concept. (see Teaching Tips and Children’s Book Recommendations […]

  • 29 Jun

    Wormy Wood Investigation

    If you have ordered our wooden Discovery Ramps in the last couple of years, chances are you have a set constructed using Wormy Maple. Look closely and you may see small holes and dark lines. Have your children noticed them? Have you or they wondered where the holes came from? Children often speculate that people […]

  • 12 May

    DIY Rain Bottle in 3 Easy Steps

    The weather is warming, the sun is shining, and we are spending more and more time in our outdoor classrooms! Today we’d like to share with you a DIY Rain Bottle tool that is easy to make and introduce to your outdoor water tables. Children find this Rain Bottle incredibly intriguing – when filled with water […]

  • 05 Apr

    5 Kids Light Table Accessories to Buy or DIY

    There are so many ways to use a light table! Kids light table products exist for every budget, and DIYers can easily make their own accessories with minimal cost and effort. Here are five of our favorite light table STEM investigations that are easy to source or create yourself. These work on any light table, […]

  • 18 Feb

    Snow Paintings: STEM Activities for Kids

    If you’re living in the United States, you are likely very aware that the middle of our country very recently got blanketed by lots and lots of snow! To be precise, 14” fell here at our office in Broomfield, Colorado just the other week. While some may see the snow as a barrier, we see […]

  • 18 Sep

    Where does food come from? An Investigation Inspiration

    Last week on the Kodo Blog we discussed the question ‘where does food come from?’ with children in mind. When the family needs food, a trip to the supermarket is planned. It’s natural for a child to assume that that’s where apples and oranges are made! In response, we encouraged learning about seeds, farms, and other production […]

  • 25 Aug

    STEM Activities for Preschoolers: A Magnetic Investigation

    Children have a natural fascination with magnets. That’s just one reason that we find them in Early Childhood Education (ECE) settings. This activity easily peaks children’s interests, introduces the mysterious world of naturally occurring iron filings, and launches an open-ended investigation! The following can be used as a teaching resource that details several STEM ideas […]

  • 27 Jul

    Field Notes : Using Ice on the Magnetic Wall

    We just tried using ice with the Outdoor Mag Wall. It was a perfect opportunity because the kids were moving water from our water pump, along the path to “cool the concrete.” The children are used to using water on the outdoor magnetic wall, so I was able to say to the kids, “I just […]

  • 14 Jul

    STEM Outdoor Play Ideas: Birds, Bricks, and Heart-Shaped Rocks

    A Little Birdie Told Me No matter our location; the city, the suburbs, the country, or oceanside, we see and hear birds. Children spot them all the time and are often curious about them. How many classroom science centers include a nest – Many!!! Our little feathered friends perch in the trees, fly overhead, cast […]