What’s Up for Kids recently received an intriguing Science-Art Fusion kit that incorporates STEAM principals to try out, and my daughter and I had fun diving in to science and art with rainbow colors! She loved making her own rainbow crayon that blended colors together as she used it. As she made her special crayon, she was learning about changing from a solid to a liquid and back to a solid. Another favorite were bookmarks created by mixing food colors to create a variety of colors and then using an eye dropper to create unique designs on strips of paper. She is looking forward to doing more projects, as there are 10 to choose from. Some activities require some common household items, so it is good to review the instructions ahead of time to make sure you have everything on hand.
I love that STEAM programs incorporate art into the curriculum. Would you consider innovators Leonardo daVinci and Steve Jobs to be scientists or artists? It’s a debate in which you just can’t pick one field. These two thinkers embraced all the principles of STEM but added the beauty of art, now known in education circles as STEAM. The Young Scientists Club leaps into 2016 with this fusion of fields with their Science-Art Fusion Series six themed kits ($19.99).
For the past 17 years, The Young Scientists Club has put their focus on playful experiments for children as young as preschool. Their brand new Science-Art Fusion Series uses Bubbles, Crystals, Sculptures, Space, Explosions and Rainbows for boys and girls to be inspired to create, while learning basic scientific principles. Construct a DNA Model in Science-Art Fusion Sculptures; perform planet Earth chromatography with Science-Art Fusion Space or impress Mom with a milk color explosion with the instructions from Science-Art Fusion Explosions.
This new series is geared to ages 5 and older and includes, a customized art/science tray plus a large 24 x 24 inch poster. Once the experiment ends, the same poster — now taped with photographs documenting their success — can be turned into a bedroom gallery!
Look for these STEAM themed kits in specialty stores and online at www.TheYoungScientistsClub.com. All are for ages 5 and up and are $19.99, the following kits are available:
- Science-Art Fusion Bubbles
- Science-Art Fusion Crystals
- Science-Art Fusion Explosions
- Science-Art Fusion Rainbows
- Science-Art Fusion Sculptures
- Science-Art Fusion Space
Each exciting Science-Art Fusion adventure begins as soon as the boxed kit is open. Kids are eager to open up the 24 x 24 inch poster that shows step-by-step instructions for each of the 10 possible experiments. Every themed kit boasts components for creating 10 different experiments. The customized art/science tray keeps all the experiment elements safe in one spot (and not on the kitchen table or floor!)
These kits would be great to have on hand this summer when you run out of things to do with the kids, or would make a great birthday gift for a child ages 5 and up.