I’ve come to realize that there are things I excel in…and there are things I do not. One of these is the ability to craft. I’m simply not crafty. I need detailed plans and hate searching for supplies. Yet, we love hands-on learning in this house. So what’s a Not-So-Crafty mom to do? Here are 6 hands-on learning activities the kids love and make me smile with relief that I didn’t have to try to be crafty.
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Hands-On Learning Activities for Science
A- loves her Kiwi Crate. Every month she’s excited to get her box full of hands-on activities that she can do without mom’s help. Each box comes with detailed instructions, a book about the science behind the activity and, my favorite part, all the supplies she needs to complete the project.
L- gets the Tinker Crate subscription. She loves the engineering aspect of the box. The Tinker Crate projects have helped her to understand the mechanics of building her own machines. It is set up the same as the Kiwi Crate, only for ages a bit older.
Steve Spangler Science Kits
The Steve Spangler Science Kits are fantastic. They are more in-depth science and need an instructor. However, all the instructions are easily laid out for a not-so-sciencey mom. It comes with almost all the supplies. You might have to add some supplies you will already have in your kitchen. For example, this kit required vegetable oil.
Hands-On Learning Activities for Art
L- and A- have both received individual Doodle Crates.These crates are great for elementary and middle school kids with less of the science that their partner crates, Kiwi and Tinker, offer and more of an art aspect. We have been able to share several of these crates between the girls, as there are plenty of the supplies to make more than one project. These are great if you’re a mom who is not-so-crafty AND not-so-artsy…which is this mom.
Hands-On Learning Activities for History
This Mummy Excavation Kit was great fun when we were studying ancient Egyptian history. Something about having free rein to whack things with a hammer makes my kids happy. This video shows the girls excavating their mummies and then “remummifying” them.
Hands-On Learning Activities for Math
Raddish Kits have transformed dinner at our house. No longer am I the only person who can make dinner. Once a month the Raddish kit arrives with menus, grocery lists, detailed instructions, an activity, a kitchen skill to learn and a kitchen utensil (which usually corresponds to the kitchen skill). The girls take their grocery lists to the store and find their own ingredients. Then they come home and prepare the meal with only supervision from me. Raddish kit has been wonderful in giving them the independence to prepare food for themselves while also teaching them the appropriate ways to work in the kitchen.
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