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25 Cheap And Inspirational Projects For Kids That Will Stimulate Their Creativity And Enhance Their Knowledge

25 Cheap And Inspirational Projects For Kids That Will Stimulate Their Creativity And Enhance Their Knowledge

Cheap and inspirational projects for kids is all about the fun you will have. Kids need to be taught the value of creative thinking. Creative thinking in children leads to critical thinking in adults. And is an important skill that should be cultivated.

1. Color Changing Squirty Chalk

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    Color changing squirty chalk is fun for kids on a couple of levels. kids get to watch as a liquid mystifyingly becomes a dry solid. They also get to be very artistic and playful. Encourage children to mix the three basic colors to ‘magically’ make other colors appear.

    2. Fizzy Ice Science

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      Fizzy Ice Science is an exceptional experiment even for the little ones. The crystals can be colored with food coloring. Kids can help by mixing the ingredients and watching the chemical reactions.

      3. Bottle Rocket

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        Making a bottle rocket is always fun and very educational for kids. Kids get a hands-on lesson in physics, as well as learning the elements of what makes a bottle rocket move. This bottle rocket uses water and air to take off.

        4. Make Your Own Snow

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          Children will delight in their ability to make snow year round. Only two every day household products combined make this experiment possible. Put together and let the fun begin. The snow is surprisingly, naturally cold.

          5. Sand Volcano

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            A sand volcano can teach both chemical reactions and geology. The volcano can be built indoors, in a sandbox, or at the beach. In any case, kids will have fun and learn at the same time.

            6. Scavenger Hunt

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              A scavenger hunt can be held either indoors or outdoors. An indoor scavenger hunt might concentrate on sensory, such as finding rough or smooth items. While an outdoor scavenger hunt might consist of finding things in nature, such as, certain leaves.

              7. Bouncing Bubbles

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                 Bouncing bubbles are a great project either for in or outdoors. Kids will love watching and blowing these unique bubbles.

                8. Chalk Rockets

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                  These chalk rockets are explosively good fun. Everyday products are used to create the necessary chain of chemical reactions.

                  9. Potion Lab

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                    Every kid should have a potion lab to play around in. Kids can mix food coloring with water or mix baking soda with vinegar for some chemical reactions. Children should wear eye protection gear.

                    10. Squirt Gun Science

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                      Squirt gun science involves the chemical bubbling reaction from vinegar and baking soda. The surprise for the child was the color dots mom had left under the baking soda. Eye protection goggles are a good idea for this experiment.

                      11. Grow Grass Heads

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                        Growing grass heads is a fairly simple (but very messy) experiment for kids. They will love watching their miniature creations sprout green hair.

                        12. Create Rain Clouds

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                          Rain clouds are fun and easy to make. In addition they become more educational when the children ‘fill’ the clouds with ‘rain’. It’s a great time to teach the kids about weather.

                          13. Geyser Experiment

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                            Create a geyser simply with cola and some mentos. It does not matter what flavor the mentos are. Just drop some in and watch the fun.

                            14. Beans In A Bag

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                              Children will delight in this experiment. The author said that in some cases the beans did not grow. However, even the beans that did not grow, resulted in discussions about why some grew while others did not.

                              15. Balance Beam

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                                The balance beam can be in or outdoors.Use masking tape or long wooden blocks when indoors. Long wooden blocks can also be used outdoors. The balance beam strengthens leg muscles and improves balance.

                                16. No Soil Planting

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                                  Place damp paper towels in baking pans for this experiment. Plant seeds in rows and gently lay a plastic bag on top of all. Put in a sunny spot and watch the fun.

                                  17. Sticky Paper Trace

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                                    Stenciling prepares children for the task of writing later own. This project uses the sticky side of contact paper to keep the stencils from sliding.

                                    18. Liquid Sand

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                                      Liquid sand provides hours of fun and is surprisingly easy to make. Kids can indulge for hours with under water sand castles and far more.

                                      19. Lava Lamp

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                                        Making a lava lamp is easy and kids will love the results. Preschoolers will especially love watching and mixing the ingredients together.

                                        20. Ice Volcano

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                                           Ice volcanoes will keep little hands busy for hours. The use of droppers helps develop fine motor skills.

                                          21. Elephant’s Toothpaste

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                                            Elephant’s toothpaste is an experiment in catalysts that older kids will enjoy. The catalyst speeds up the experiment and also gives off heat during the experiment.

                                            22. Regrowing Vegetables Experiment

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                                              This experiment shows how celery can be regrown from the root. The experiment is extremely easy to do. Just set the root in water and a sunny location to watch it grow.

                                              23. Pencil And Baggy Experiment

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                                                This experiment surprised me and the kids really loved it. Before starting ask the children what they think will happen and then record what actually happens.

                                                24. Color Changing Milk

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                                                  This experiment is sure to bring a lot of oohs and ahhs. The resulting color explosion is quite beautiful.

                                                  25. Water Bottle Fountain

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                                                    The water bottle fountain shows that air takes space even though it can’t be seen. Kids up to 12 years of age will get a kick out of this experiment.

                                                     

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                                                    Last Updated on July 4, 2019

                                                    25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

                                                    25 Killer Sites For Free Online Education

                                                    Whether you’re five or ninety five, the internet has a lot to offer. Particularly when the topic is education, the resources on the internet are endless.

                                                    Best of all, many high quality sites are completely free. From history to coding, excellent free online education awaits on the following 25 sites.

                                                    1. Coursera

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                                                      Coursera is a website that partners with universities and organizations around the world. This brings a wide variety of topics and perspectives to one searchable database.

                                                      Coursera is a powerful tool for free online education, and includes courses from many top universities, museums and trusts. This gives the site an extremely wide range of in-depth courses.

                                                      Coursera is extremely useful if you’re looking to study many different topics, or want courses from different schools and groups.

                                                      2. Khan Academy

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                                                        Partnering with many post secondary schools, Khan Academy offers a useable, well organized interface. Also curating many courses from around the web, Khan Academy offers impressive depth on many different subjects.

                                                        Among the more well known educational sites, Khan Academy is also incredibly useable, which may make it easier to keep learning goals.

                                                        3. Open Culture Online Courses

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                                                          If you are struggling to find exactly the material you are looking for, try Open Culture’s listing of free online education courses. The page highlights 1000 lectures, videos and podcasts from universities around the world. The site features a lot of material found only on universities private sites, all in easy to browse categories. This means you can find hundreds of university courses, without having to visit and search each university’s own site.

                                                          Open Culture’s list features courses from England, Australia, Wales and many state universities around the United States. A very helpful resource for finding many courses in one area of study.

                                                          4. Udemy 

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                                                            Udemy’s free courses are similar in concept to Coursera’s but additionally allows users to build custom courses from lessons.

                                                            Working with many top professors and schools, the site mixes the customizable platform of other sites with a heavy emphasis on top quality content. This is another site however, that mixes free and paid content.

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                                                            5. Academic Earth

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                                                              Another site with courses from many different schools is Academic Earth. Much like the three sites above, Academic Earth brings together top notch courses from many different sources, and focuses on offering a wide variety of subjects.

                                                              Academic Earth lists courses by subject and school, so it might be easier to find what you’re looking for.

                                                              6. edX

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                                                                Another great option for free online education is edX. Also bringing together courses from many different schools, the site has impressive, quality information for everyone. edX covers a great range of topics.

                                                                7. Alison

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                                                                  Unlike the previous sites on this lists, Alison is a free education site offering certification in some areas. Alison offers courses mainly in business, technology, and health, but also includes language learning courses.

                                                                  It’s a great option if users need certification for their learning as Alison also offers school curriculum courses.

                                                                  8. iTunesU Free Courses

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                                                                    A very convenient place for free online education is iTunesU, because it integrates seamlessly with your iPod, or any app-ready Apple mobile device. On iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, users download the iTunesU app.

                                                                    Desktop users can access  iTunesU on the upper right hand corner of the iTunes Store. iTunesU is also convenient because the store is categorized much like iTunes.

                                                                    Users can search learning materials in many different ways, including genre and topic. However, courses are often a mix of free podcasts or videos, and paid content.

                                                                    ITunesU does include courses on a pretty wide scope of topics, but does not integrate with Android, Google or Windows mobile devices.

                                                                    9. Stanford Online

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                                                                      Your hub for all the online offerings from Stanford University, Stanford Online offers self-paced and session based courses. While Coursera features some courses from Stanford, many classes are only available via other hosts. Some courses require iTunes, but most are completed in your web browser.

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                                                                      Stanford Online is a great site for high quality courses, though the topics are somewhat limited compared to sites partnered with more than one school.

                                                                      10. Harvard Extension

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                                                                        Like Stanford Online, Harvard Extension features free online education courses from Harvard only. This is another excellent source for top notch course material, though the course variety is less rich than multi-school sites.

                                                                        Additionally, Harvard Extension allows you to search for courses by professional certificate. This makes it much easier if your online education goal includes certification.

                                                                        11. Open Yale Courses

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                                                                          Open Yale Courses echoes Harvard Extension and Stanford Online, in that it offers only courses from Yale. While the site is similarly limited to topics taught at the school, Open Yale Courses offers a lot of videos of actual campus lectures. The availability of videos makes the site a great option if you’re looking for quality courses, but learn better by watching than by reading.

                                                                          12. UC Berkeley Class Central

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                                                                            Much like the other schools on this list, UC Berkeley has a variety of free online education options. The school has slightly fewer courses than the schools above, but includes some supplementary lectures, webcasts and RSS Feeds, making it easy to keep up with the topics you choose.

                                                                            13. MIT OpenCourseWare

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                                                                              Similarly, MIT offers a variety of free courses. The school has a comparable number of courses to the schools above, plus includes very in-depth course materials on the subjects available. MIT also offers free RSS feeds, a convenient way to continue learning.

                                                                              14. Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

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                                                                                Carnegie Mellon’s free online education site is comparable with the other school’s on this list, however, Open Learning Initiative also covers a smaller range of topics. But for the topics that are covered impressive, in-depth material is available.

                                                                                15. Codecademy

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                                                                                  Codecademy is a website dedicated specifically to teaching coding. Where other coding sites follow an example/practice session workflow, Codecademy includes a live practice window. This means you can practice coding while still viewing the lesson material.

                                                                                  The courses at Codecademy are well written and easy to follow and the website is organized very nicely. Codecademy features a centralized dashboard where you can monitor your progress, plus organizes lessons into complete modules. This lets you learn an entire language without needing to pick the next course manually.

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                                                                                  16. Code

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                                                                                    Code is another website focused on coding and app writing. A site with high quality courses, Code also features learning options for kids.

                                                                                    In addition to kid friendly courses, Code offers free online education classes on a wide variety of technology topics. These classes include app writing, robotics and Javascript.

                                                                                    Most of the courses are also geared in a such a way that they can be useful in a classroom setting. This makes Code a great resource for harder to find coding topics, as well as various learning settings.

                                                                                    17. University of London Podcasts

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                                                                                      The podcast page on the University of London website is another great source for free education. While the courses are limited to podcasts, the site features podcasts from it’s own campus, as well as eleven universities in and around London. This gives learners a wide base of topics and lectures, but still ensures in-depth material.

                                                                                      18. University of Oxford Podcasts

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                                                                                        Similar to the University of London, the University of Oxford features many different podcasts. Most are public lecture series or lectures from visiting professors, with several different recordings available.

                                                                                        The advantage to this particular site is that podcasts are organized into series, making it easy to subscribe to multiple lectures on one topic. Another good site for thoroughly in-depth lectures.

                                                                                        19. BBC Podcasts

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                                                                                          For the more casual learner, the BBC offers a wide variety of podcasts on many different topics. Most podcasts are updated weekly, and focus on everything from finance, to sports, to current events.

                                                                                          Through the World Service line of podcasts, there are also many in different languages. The focus of these podcasts are less in-depth and theory based, which may be more accessible to the average person.

                                                                                          20. TED-Ed

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                                                                                            Another great destination for more general learning is TED-Ed. From the same people that brought you the all encompassing, motivational web series, comes a site chocked full of educational videos. Most include impressive animation, and all are ten minutes long or less.

                                                                                            Not only is TED-Ed an excellent site for the curious, it also includes supplemental materials and quizzes on the videos. This makes the site extremely useful in formal education settings, as well as in entertaining ways to brush up on new discoveries and topics.

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                                                                                            21. LessonPaths

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                                                                                              LessonPaths is another great tool for those looking for a more usable and convenient way to access learning material. On this site, users create link playlists of their favorite learning materials from other sites. Users then rank these collections, making it easy to find many different high quality, accessible sources on a given topic.

                                                                                              22. Memrise

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                                                                                                Another impressive free online education site offering ease of use and convenience is Memrise. Available both on desktop and as an app, Memrise is a particularly powerful tool if you are studying a language. The site encompasses many other topics as well, though some of the course material is user generated content.

                                                                                                Part of what makes Memrise special is their integration of games into the learning materials, mixing learning with entertainment.

                                                                                                23. National Geographic Kids

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                                                                                                  The kids site for National Geographic is another site that makes free online education applicable for younger users. For those looking for kid friendly education, a large variety of games, puzzles, videos and photos keeps kids interested on this site.

                                                                                                  National Geographic Kids doesn’t organize learning into courses, making materials available by topic and medium instead. This makes National Geographic Kids a good option for those looking for a more casual learning environment.

                                                                                                  24. Fun Brain

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                                                                                                    Fun Brain is another good option for kids who want to learn online, but focuses on games and fun puzzles. Particularly focused on math and reading, Fun Brain’s game based approach can be valuable if the child in question struggles to pay attention.

                                                                                                    Fun Brain offers rewards and challenges as well, and is another site aimed at a casual learning experience for kids K-8.

                                                                                                    25. Whyville

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                                                                                                      Similar to the sites for kids free online education is Whyville a destination for preteen online learning. The site includes a variety of social features, with a focus on learning materials geared for young teens.

                                                                                                      Whyville also mixes in educational games, to make the site a well rounded option for kids too old for simple games, but too young for heavy reading based material.

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