Category: Science Craft

Fun nature science + art idea for kids: how to make a cool car painting, using mushroom spore prints for wheels, and learn about mushroom biology!

Incorporating mushroom spore prints in kids art

Ever since we first tried making mushroom spore prints, we’ve been dreaming up fun ideas to incorporate spore printing into art or craft activities. Our mushroom monkeys were our first idea, and this mushroom spore print car painting is our second  – and I think it turned out quite well!
Mushroom spore print car art for kids
 

Suitable for

Try this art + science activity with kindergarten or primary (elementary) school aged kids. Bumble Bee was 7.5 years old when we did this at home.

 

Science + Art - paint wheels with mushroom spore prints
 

How to create a mushroom spore print car artwork

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Make cute salt crystal paper hearts, fun science craft idea for Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, or just because!

Salt Crystal Hearts Science Craft STEAM idea for kids

We’re becoming salt crystal obsessed in our house. They’re so much fun to make, for little and big kids alike! And they’re a great way to introduce science concepts like dissolving and evaporating, making a solution, and cubic crystals.

This time we made cute Salt Crystal Hearts, as part of Red Ted Art’s 31 Days of Love series. Click here to see our activity!

How to make salt crystal heart kids science craft

This will be added to our crystal science activities page, or you can also find more heart-themed science activities on our new Valentines Day science page, including:

Stunning winter or indoor snow day craft that doubles as a cool crystal science lesson – how to make salt crystal paper snowflakes!

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OK, I think I’m slightly addicted to making salt crystal crafts – we began with our ‘snowy’ salt crystal fir trees, then we made our salt crystal ghosts, and now salt crystal snowflakes! I think these snowflakes are my favourite so far: they’re quite stunning, and I love science projects that only need everyday household materials – no need to duck to the shops first!

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Suitable for

This is would be a great activity for a group middle schoolers (8-10 year olds), who should be able to do most aspects by themselves. Younger kids (even preschoolers) can try this too, but they’ll need more help. (The salt crystal part is easy enough, but it’s actually the folding and cutting of the paper snowflakes that little kids will need the most help with). For reference, Jewel was 9 and Bumble Bee 7 when we did this.

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How to make Salt Crystal Snowflakes

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Cool science craft idea for kids – make DIY articulated skeleton’s hands, and learn about hand bone structure! (They make a great Halloween prop too!)

How to make an articulated skeleton hand

You might remember back when Jewel and I first made our DIY articulated hand models? They were so much fun, and a great way to explain to Jewel how tendons work.

My younger daughter Bumble Bee was too young to join in at the time, but now that she’s a big 7 year old, we decided to make another set, this time with a Halloween-twist!

Skeleton hands

Suitable for

This is a little tricky and will need adult assistance for 5-6 year olds, but 7-9 year olds might be able to do most of it themselves. Bumble Bee had just turned 7 years old here.

Skeleton hands DIY

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Bumble Bee was so excited to make these skeleton hands. With Halloween coming up, I thought it would be awesome to use them to wave to trick-or-treaters.

Bumble Bee tells me she wants to use them as part of her DIY Dementor costume. (She wants to go as a Dementor for Halloween, and Jewel wants to go as Bellatrix Lestrange – they’re both a bit Harry Potter obsessed at the moment!) I’m not quite sure how the rest of the Dementor costume is going to work out, but we still have another week or so to work on the idea!

Either way, I think these skeleton’s hands are pretty neat. And they’re a great way to learn what the bones in the human hand are called, and how tendons work to make them move….

Here’s how we made them…

How to make an articulated skeleton hand

We used:

Trace around your hand using a pencil Cut out the hand shape
Step 1: Use a lead pencil to lightly trace your hand on craft foam and cut it out.

Gluing on the cut straws

Step 2: Cut paper straws into small sections to represent bones. Glue these on.

A few tips:

a) check which way your foam hand is facing before you glue on your straws. We accidentally made two right skeleton hands instead of one right and one left – oops!

b) make sure you leave a large gap between each straw section – otherwise you won’t be able to bend your skeleton’s fingers later on.

c) leave small space for the chopstick in between the hand bones – this will be added in the next step.

You might also notice that we tried colouring the straws black for one of the hands to see how this would look. The idea was that the black straws could hide how the fingers bent. But personally I like how the plain white straws look better. But if you prefer the ‘incognito’ black straws, you could use black marker to colour your straws first (or buy black straws).

Step 3: Paint a chopstick black, and glue this between the straws on the hands. This will act as your handle later on. Leave to dry.

Threading yarn tendons through the straw bones

Step 4: Cut five long pieces of wool. Tie a pony bead to the end of each piece. Then thread each piece through one of the four fingers / thumb, and through the corresponding straw in the hand. A large-eye blunt needle makes this process easier, but you can do it without this if you don’t have one. Leave long ‘tails’, as these are what you will pull on later to bend the fingers and thumb.

Painting on the hand bones

Step 5: Flip the skeleton hands over, and paint bones on the other side using white acrylic paint and a thin paintbrush.

This is, of course, a great chance to discuss what the bones in the human hand are called!

Fun Science Fact

You have three bones in your fingers, but only two bones in your thumbs! These bones are called phalanges.

The tips of your finger and thumb are called distal phalanges. The middle bone of your fingers are called middle phalanges. The lower bone in your fingers and thumb are called proximal phalanges.

The proximal phalanges connect to five longer bones in your hands, called metacarpals.

There are also 8 bones in your wrist called carpals (but we focused mainly on the hand and finger bones this time.)

diy skeleton hand

If you hold the chopstick handle, and tug on the different tails of yarn, you can make the different fingers bend over! The yarn works similarly to how the tendons work in your hand. Can you make your skeleton hand wave? Can you make it hold up just a couple of fingers?

Articulated skeleton or dementors hand

If you’re looking for more Halloween ideas, you might also like to check out the salt crystal ghosts that we made a few weeks ago! (The kids have asked to make them again with their Girl Guide group, so hopefully they’ll work well when done on a 25 x girl scale!)

So far these are the only two Halloween ideas we’ve tried so far, but we’ll add more to our Halloween science page as we try them….
Articulated skeleton hands - fun science craft for kids to make

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How to make salt crystal ghosts – fun Halloween science project for kids.

salt crystal ghosts

Suitable for

This is a fun activity for preschoolers or younger school-aged kids. Bumble Bee was 6 years and 11 month olds and in year 1, when we did this at home. But because it’s taste-safe, you could try it with older toddlers as well.

how to make Salt Crystal Ghosts - fun Halloween science project for kids

Do you remember the salt crystal trees we made a few years back? Bumble Bee had just turned three at the time, and now she has only a vague recollection. So we decide to make these salt crystal ghosts to help jog her memory, and have a little Halloween science fun in the meantime. 🙂

How to make Salt Crystal Ghosts

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Do you know someone who loves crafts? And also loves science? She’s going to love this collection of science craft ideas!

Cool and cute science crafts that kids will love! As recommended by Go Science Kids

Science crafts are a fun way to introduce science concepts and vocabulary, in a way that crafty kids can relate to. They’re a way that children can learn that science can be fun, hands-on, creative and cool.

They’re also a great segue to more STEAM activities. I’ve found that, when my daughters attempt a science crafts and discover that it’s fun, they’re more comfortable with experimenting next time by changing variables or coming up with their own designs (which, of course, is where the STEAM magic really happens!)

Here are 12 of our favourite cool and cute science craft ideas – including some of our own, and some from around the web. Hopefully there’s something here that your science-loving crafty buddy would like to try!

12 Cool & cute Science Crafts For Kids

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Try your hand at making crystal snowflakes! They look great as a hanging ornament, especially if they can catch the light. They’re also a fun way to learn about geology, crystal formation and super-saturated solutions…

Make beautiful recycled plastic flowers and learn about plastics, polymer chains, and melting points.

These little monkey puppets are made using mushroom spore prints! Cutest ever way to learn about mushroom biology…

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Learn about learn about sound waves and amplification while making this  cute DIY iPhone speaker, then pop on some cool music and dance!

Decorate your own cute robot craft, that can balance on almost anything! How? It’s all about centre of gravity….

I love these DIY spinners! When you spin them, you can see colour theory in action. Design your own, and experiment with different colour and pattern combinations!

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This easy glow-in-the-dark constellation pillow is the perfect DIY for budding astronomers!

Create your own sun-print t-shirt! This is a fun way to create your own one-of-a-kind t-shirt that has a cool science-y story behind it.

Make an articulated hand model and learn about the bone and tendon structure of the human hand. Awesome hands-on biology. (See what I did there?)

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I just adore this homemade kaleidoscope! And such a creative way to explore reflections, symmetry and optical illusions…

Are your girls into the fidget spinner craze? Here are some templates you can use to make your own, and learn about how centrifugal force and angular momentum helps them spin!

Here’s one for preschoolers. What makes night? Make an earth, take turns being a flashlight sun, and find out!

Cool & cute science crafts

You can find all our own science craft activities here. (And remember to check back as we’re always adding more).

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