Learning at Home Activities

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Pull Back Cars

Pull back vehicles use springs to store energy. When the vehicle is released, the energy stored in the spring moves the vehicle forward. Can you make any toy vehicle into a pull back vehicle?    

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Invent Apps to Help Others

Design your own app to address a problem facing your school or community.    

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Energy Carousel

Have you ever ridden on a carousel or merry-go-round at an amusement park? Usually, these rides are powered by electricity, but you can make your own carousel toy while exploring some basic energy concepts.    

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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 Forces of Gravity

In this interactive, student driven lesson, students watch videos about gravity and investigate the motion of falling objects on Earth and on the Moon.     

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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Oobleck

Explore, oobleck, a Non-Newtonian fluid or solution that changes its state of matter under pressure! It’s easy to make and super fun to play with. Try it!    

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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Pushes and Pulls

Use these activities with your young child to explore pushes and pulls in your world!    

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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Bouncing Egg

We all know what happens when you drop a regular egg on the ground. When you add vinegar (and some patience), you end up with a bouncy, squishy object!

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Confront Racism

There resources will help you understand the long history of anti-Black racism in the United States, and think about ways to address it in your family and communities.

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Reaction Time

How fast does the eye send messages to the brain and the brain send messages to your hand muscles to react in time to catch a falling object? Find out using the ruler test!

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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Arthur Takes A Stand

Arthur Takes a Stand

Watch this episode of PBS Kid’s show Arthur, where Arthur thinks his school cafeteria worker is being treated unfairly and seeks guidance from Congressman John Lewis

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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 Pattern Power 

Practice creating and replicating patterns—an important math skill—with this simple activity.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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Play Pretend to Resolve Conflicts

Sometimes we do things that scare others or make them mad — and sometimes we get scared or mad, too. Let’s practice using our words to say we’re sorry to explain why we are upset.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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Caterpillar Senses

It doesn’t look like caterpillars have ears, noses, and eyes like humans. So how do they find food? Try this experiment to learn how caterpillars use their senses.

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Write a Poem in Two Voices about Bees

A poem written in two voices allows you to experience a new perspective. Try this activity to make connections about your personal experiences with our pollinating friends.

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Bumblebee Bonanza

Penn State entomologists visited Science-U Nature Camp and took the campers to the Penn State Arboretum to observe bumblebees in action. Campers share how to safely observe bees.

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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Build a Bug Hotel

Try making your own insect home – or ‘hotel’ – out of upcycled items, to give bugs somewhere to live in your yard. They’ll repay you when they help control pests and pollinate your plants.

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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Magnificent Mimicry

Did you know Monarchs taste bitter to predators, so Viceroys look like them for protection? Try this experiment to explore mimicry!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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Fruit and Veggie Caterpillars

Does your child love all things nature? Add some friendly insects to your backyard party invite list by assembling these tasty fruit and vegetable snacks that look like caterpillars.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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Bath Fizzies

Splish splash, let’s do science in the bath! Make your own bath fizzies and have fun exploring chemical reactions while taking a relaxing soak!

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Uncovering Overt and Systemic Racism

Use these materials from PBS NewsHour with middle and high school students to help them understand the long history of anti-Black racism in the United States.

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Density Tower

Make colorful layers using liquids of varying densities, then experiment to see which items sink or float to each layer!

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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Celebrate World Cultures with Let’s Go Luna!

Hear stories, play through situations, and learn how to make crafts from cultures near and far.

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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How do plants drink water?

You may know that you have to water plants to keep them alive, but how do plants get water from the soil into the parts they need? Try this experiment to learn how!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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Coping with Feeling Left Out

Using imaginary play, you can help your child work through the disappointment of being excluded – and learn how to include others!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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Mars Egg Lander

NASA faced a huge challenge when they safely landed the Mars Exploration Rovers on the surface of Mars. Can you design a capsule that would protect a raw egg dropped from several stories to the ground? Try it!

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Making Music with Iconic Women of Country

Iconic Women of Country premieres on Monday, June 1, at 9:30 p.m. on WPSU. If you’re inspired to learn more, try writing country music lyrics with this activity.

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Air Pressure Rockets

Can you make a rocket and figure out how to launch it without any fuel? Try it!

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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Think Creatively Like Ben Franklin

This lesson will help you discover more about the many creative endeavors of Benjamin Franklin and imagine what his modern-day social media posts might look like.

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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Flashlight Constellations

In this activity, your child can learn more about several well-known constellations as you talk about the stories and science behind them.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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Family Time Hosted by Pinkalicious

Gather your family around for this game hosted by Pinkalicious that you can all play together!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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Marvelous Meringues

Go from slimy egg white to fluffy foam to a crunchy solid and delicious cookie while learning about the science behind the marvelous meringue.

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Decoding Algebra

Do you have questions while solving your algebra problems from home? This collection from PBS Learning Media contains videos on many topics covered in algebra that just might answer your questions!

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Pancake Science

Math can be delicious? Cooking up a plate of fluffy buttermilk pancakes isn’t just a great life skill, it’s also an opportunity to work in some serious math and science lessons.

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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The Return of Symmetric Al

Odd Squad airs at 5:00 p.m. weekdays, where you can see the zaniest, craziest team of kid investigators around! Help the Odd Squad solve the mystery of Symmetric Al with this printable activity.

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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Pattern Power

Practice creating and replicating patterns—an important math skill—with this simple activity.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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See How Shadows Work

You use math every day, sometimes without even realizing it. Try this activity in your backyard and discover the secret of shadows. Why does their length change throughout the day?

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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Mars Egg Lander

NASA faced a huge challenge when they safely landed the MarsExploration Rovers on the surface of Mars. Can you design a capsule that would protect a raw egg dropped from several stories to the ground?

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Speaking Grief

WPSU’s Speaking Grief website contains resources on grief and grief support for all ages. ​Note: Please consider this subject matter may be upsetting for certain audiences.

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Energy Carousel

Have you ever ridden on a carousel or merry-go-round at an amusement park? Usually, these rides are powered by electricity, but you can make your own carousel toy while exploring some basic energy concepts.

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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Practicing Teamwork with Arthur

These two simple games use household items to help children learn the importance of cooperation and working together.

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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Dancing Raisins

Learn about density and displacement with this fun, easy experiment. Turn on some tunes and discover how raisins bust a move!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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Exploring Emotions with Daniel Tiger

Watch Daniel Tiger explore his own and his friends’ emotions, then make these cute and easy dolls with your children as a way to teach them about emotions.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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Can You “Water” Plants with Other Liquids?

Most seeds need warmth, light, and water to start growing. But what happens when you replace water with other types of liquids? Test them out using this experiment!

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Deadly Carnivorous Plants

Watch Plants Behaving Badly at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 on WPSU’s main broadcast channel to learn more about carnivorous plants, and learn even with this video and discussion questions.

Suggested for Grades 6 to 12

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Do Leaves Breathe?

Plants use their leaves to recycle carbon dioxide and turn it into food for themselves and oxygen for us. In this experiment, create an environment where you can see this carbon dioxide/oxygen exchange happening!

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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Kratt Brothers

Exploring Animal Life

If you want to investigate your backyard like the Kratt brothers, this list of activities from PBS Parents can get you started.

Suggested for Grades 3 to 5

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Magnificent Mimicry

Mimicry occurs when a plant or animal looks like another species to help it survive. Try this experiment to explore how Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators!

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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Planting a Garden

Spring is a time to look for plants growing in your yard, and maybe even plant some of your own. After watching Nature Cat, help Daisy decide what to plant in her garden with this printable activity.

Suggested for Grades Pre-K to 2

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