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STEAM Lab for Kids


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Unit 1: Science

Acid-painted Eggs
Homemade Chia Pets
Crystal Snowflakes
Molecular gastronomy (fruit spaghetti)
Edible stained glass (sugar panes)
Countertop Aquatic Ecosystem
Wildflower Paper
Painting with Microbes
Art Plants
Moss scape
Bouncing Slime

Unit 2: Technology

Coin Battery
LED art
Solar-powered remote control

More tech and green tech projects from Mouse...

Unit 3: Engineering

Balloon Hovercraft
Wind Turbine
Bridge Design
Water-powered spinner
Pop-up book
Clothesline Balloon Rocket
Solar oven
Rubber band car
Book Binding
Camera Obscura

Unit 4: Art

Paper marbling
Homemade paint
Paper making
Wax Sculpture
Ice Sculpture
Birchbark sculpture

Unit 5: Math

String Art
Fractal Geometry Designs
Perspective Drawing
Fibonacci Spiral
Serial Dilutions of bacteria (yogurt)

About the Author

Liz Heinecke has never been able to choose between art and science. She studied art and biology in college before doing laboratory research for ten years and getting a master's degree in bacteriology. Her multi-disciplinary background came in handy when she started doing science at home with her three kids, journaling their experiments and adventures on Today, Liz calls on her science and art skills daily as she appears regularly on television, makes science videos, draws diagrams and writes about science online and in books. Liz's work includes Kitchen Science Lab for Kids and Outdoor Science Lab for Kids.


Whether you've got a mini engineer at home or a pint-sized Picasso, this new book of hands-on activities is the perfect intersection of both art and science and will pique the interests of kids who love either. * Red Tricycle *
There are so many cool experiments [...] expanding beyond the engineering into the arts * WCCO-CBS Minnesota *
Liz makes science accessible and fun. * Elizabeth Ries, host of Twin Cities Live *
Liz Heinecke is a genius at making learning fun at every level. Her fascination with the natural world and science in general is contagious. * Kim Insley, KARE 11 Sunrise Anchor *
The Kitchen Pantry Scientist and microbiologist mom has another winning book on her hands. With the help of a diverse cast of kids, Liz walks the reader through loads of fun activities using simple household supplies that build science, math, engineering, art, and technology skills. * Kim Moldofsky, publisher of *
If you have little ones with hands (and brains) that need to keep busy, be sure to check this out! * Joanne Loves Science *

Liz Heinecke's STEAM Lab for Kids is one of the best tools I have ever encountered for teaching relationships between STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the arts. The projects are fun, exciting, and engaging. From safety tips and hits to clear step-by-step instructions and materials lists, this book makes STEAM fun and user-friendly. The products of the hands-on labs are absolutely beautiful - these could easily be used as gifts for family and friends! Sure to inspire any young scientist, the short explanations of "the STEAM behind the fun" and "creative enrichment" for each lab are wonderful additions. Also, I am pleased to see photos of a diverse group of children sharing their joy in doing the labs; I cannot express the value that such a consideration brings. As a scientist, I am thrilled to see the many STEM concepts that I use on a daily basis integrated so creatively with art using materials that are around the house or at local craft and tool stores. I want to try all 52 with my son! I cannot wait to use these labs for my future science outreach.

* #BLACKandSTEM founder, Stephani Page, PhD *
Such a FUN book, like all the lab books from Liz! I love that my 11 year old can do most of these experiments with no help, and the rest are just mild supervision (Safety Tips and hints are included on all of the labs)! * Bless Their Hearts Mom *
Liz Heinecke's books would have been perfect for me when I was a kid: I grew up with an intense scientific curiosity about the natural world around me and the chemical world underlying it. Her home-brewed experiments would have captivated me. Now as the father of a 10-year-old "kitchen pantry scientist" and slime-maker, I appreciate Heinecke's work all the more. Busting boredom is excellent in itself, but making a kid feel like a scientist while they're having fun - that's brilliant. * Dan Wilson, singer and songwriter of Closing Time, Not Ready to Make Nice, & Someone like You *
Its an amazing book filled with incredible at home experiments, activities, art projects and much more all geared toward making science and math so fun that your kids don't even realize they are learning! * My Crafty Zoo *
The book is enthusiastic about inspiring problem solving and creative thinking, and helping artists and engineer-minded kids alike to find inspiration in STEM projects. * Sprittibee *
A 2019 Children's Choices list selection * A cooperative project of the International Literacy Association and the Children's Book Council *

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