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Magnetism for kids is something I could probably explore for month here on Babble Dabble Do, but you might get a little bored…or would you? Simply put the magic of magnets is a sure winner with kids every.single.time. Even adults go bonkers for magnets! They are hands down the most interesting metal out there, provided you are a nerd like me. If you are like most of the world you might argue that GOLD is the most interesting metal out there…but I digress….

Explore magnetism with kids by making magnetic sculptures! BABBLE DABBLE DO #scienceforkids #magnets #kidsactivities

FIRST AND FOREMOST BEFORE WE GET STARTED, A WORD OF CAUTION: Magnets should never ever be ingested. Ever. Any magnet that is sized small enough to fit into a child’s mouth should only be used with adult supervision, or better yet, not used. When working with magnets and kids err on the side of caution and use big honking magnets that are not choking hazards please! See more info on the Tips section below. Also note that nuts and bolts are choking hazards so please supervise when trying this project with kids!

Okay now that I might have scared you a bit let’s get back to the fun shall we? Today’s project is a simple way to illustrate the power of magnetic force. It’s a really straightforward project that uses magnets to build a sculpture and hold it together. It’s a fascinating way to literally experiment with how strong magnets are and how much they can and cannot hold. Ready, set, go! [click to continue…]

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Art Ideas for Kids: Embossed Tin Art

July 16, 2014
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To kick off all things metal this month I’m bringing you a project that emulates one of my favorite forms of folk art: Hojalata or Tin Art from Mexico. We have a few tin art pieces around our house and I love the mixture of color and texture. Typically hojalata is made by stamping and […]

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Materials Series: 18 Metal Projects for Kids

July 12, 2014
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I can hardly believe it but our year-long materials series is quickly coming to a close. It’s been almost a year since we started the series with Paper Crafts. Fast forward and we are wrapping up the year exploring metal. Metals, you say, with kids? Yes! Metal can sound a little intimidating but there are […]

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DIY Jewelry: Decoden Cake Charms

July 11, 2014
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This post is sponsored by Mod Podge and the Blueprint Social.  One of the fun things about being a blogger is the opportunity to try out new art supplies. Today’s post is all about a funky little product I got to test out recently called Mod Podge Collage Clay for use in Decoden projects. Not sure […]

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Engineering for Kids: Straw Geodesic Dome & Sphere

July 7, 2014
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For our third and final straw project (for now….) I’m completely geeking out with this straw geodesic dome & sphere. I have pretty much lived and breathed architecture my entire life (my father is an architect as well) so I have been familiar with geodesic domes practically since I learned to walk…okay maybe not quite […]

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Science & Engineering for Kids: Tensile Bubbles

July 2, 2014
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Have you heard of STEM? It’s all the educational rage here in California and for good reason. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math and often involves a project based curriculum for schools. It “stems” (pun totally intended)  from the idea that science, technology, engineering, and math are core subjects that build innovators. STEM educational models […]

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Straw Structures Inspired by the Kids Activities Blog Book

June 27, 2014
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Okay guys I admit it, I’ve gotten carried away with something, and I hope you might too….In the next week I will be bringing you three, yes three, projects using straws. Since we are in the midst of exploring plastic projects on Babble Dabble Do I have been snatching up drinking straws galore- at the market, IKEA, and […]

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Tinkerlab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors Inspires Our Indoor/Outdoor Art Cart

June 24, 2014
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Today I’ve got a treat in store for you guys….(and a GIVEAWAY at the end of this post)  Do you love print as much as online content, or maybe more? There once was a time when I spent weekend mornings curled up with a good design book in my lap and a cup of joe, […]

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Art for Kids: Chalk Rocks

June 13, 2014
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Chalk is one of those basic art materials that all children should be using along with things like playdough, crayons, markers and clay. There are endless possibilities with chalk activities, from drawing to game playing, to decorating any number of outdoor surfaces. This crazy mama also loves to make chalk. And I’ve spent well over […]

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