I hope everyone has a safe and lovely holiday. Please hold your kids, pets, friends, and family close. My heart is breaking for all families that are missing a loved one this holiday season. While it's always fun to give gifts to those we love,
it's even more important to realize what a gift it is to have those loved ones in our lives.
My heart is full with love for these two special guys, and I am so lucky to have them. From us to you, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
My 6 year old has been having a lot of fun working in "creative mode" (any Minecraft fans out there?) with Snap Circuits(affiliate link, please read my full disclosure here). After
a brief lesson on Ohms law and basic circuit components such as
resistors, capacitors, batteries, and motors, he went to work. In the
end he used both of our battery packs and a fan to make a flying saucer
that flew way higher than it did with just one battery pack. His big
takeaways are: "Always make a loop," and "Make sure you don't switch
things around the wrong way, especially the LEDs (polarity)."
Snap Circuits are one of the few ways I have found for young kids to easily explore circuits. It is one of my favorite STEM toys. Definitely check them out if you can.
It is so much fun to build with Snap Circuits!
Use Minecraft to Learn about Logic
Did you know that you can create logic gates right IN Minecraft? I'm betting your kids know (if they play) but they may not realize that logic gates are used across programming languages. You can learn about AND, OR, NOT, and more here: