Rainbow Jar

Rainbow Jar

We love fun kids' science and this easy rainbow jar activity is one of our all-time FAVORITES! With just a few common household ingredients like dish soap and honey, little scientists can actually pour a rainbow in a jar. There's no need for any magic - just 100%...

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Rainbow + Unicorn Centers

Rainbow + Unicorn Centers

Since nothing screams "motivation" quite like rainbows and unicorns, right!? These rainbow and unicorn centers are the perfect way to learn many different subjects at once. This month's Plato Pack is filled with magical math, literacy and STEM centers that are...

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24 Soothing Calm Down Jars

24 Soothing Calm Down Jars

Calm down jars offer a quick way to refocus kids and help them manage difficult emotions. It's hard to keep feeling angry or upset when there is such a mesmerizing bottle in your hands! These jars include more than just glitter, and offer nearly endless ways to play....

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Skittles Rainbow Science Experiment

Skittles Rainbow Science Experiment

In this Skittles Rainbow kids' science experiment, we used candy from my daughter's Halloween stash to create a beautiful rainbow in a jar.  It was so easy and fun my 4 year old, A, didn't mind sacrificing a little bit of her candy in the name of science. Getting...

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Magic Rainbow Milk

Magic Rainbow Milk

Bring a little color and magic with this super simple and fascinating science experiment for kids. Like our rainbow jar, rainbow milk is a simple science activity with a big "WOW!" factor. Follow the simple step-by-step below and then grab 30 more easy-to-follow...

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Rainbow STEM Challenges

Rainbow STEM Challenges

Kids will go crazy for these colorful rainbow STEM challenges! After learning how rainbows are made, they’ll make a Skittles rainbow in a jar, create repeating rainbow patterns with pattern blocks, create rainbow milk and MORE!
 
The STEM challenges are perfect for spring parties, early finisher activities, STEM boxes, science and math centers or just because.
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25 Rainbow Activities for Kids

25 Rainbow Activities for Kids

Activities for ages 3 to 8. There's just something about the colors of the rainbow that make projects seem a little happier, don't you think?! These 25 rainbow activities for kids are sure to bring smiles as children play along with fun and colorful...

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How to Make Butter in a Jar

How to Make Butter in a Jar

Wondering how to make butter? This quick and easy science activity combines two of kids' favorite things: food and science. My children were riveted watching the cream go through its various stages to become butter and couldn't wait to taste the homemade goodness....

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Sight Word Rainbow

Sight Word Rainbow

Activity for 4 to 6 year olds. Practicing sight words can easily become tedious and can be especially challenging for beginning readers like my 4 year old daughter, A.  That's why we created a pack of 30 EDITABLE sight word games and shared Sight Word...

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States of Matter Activity Pack

States of Matter Activity Pack

Make learning about states of matter fun for kids with this motivating, easy prep activity pack!

The Instant Download Includes:

* Colorful states of matter posters

* Easy prep science journal for recording results

* Interactive flap book

* Clip and sort activity

* States of matter clip cards

* 8 hands-on science experiments

–> Rainbow Jar

–> Water Cycle in a Bag

–> Yeast Balloons

–> Ice Excavation

–> Mystery Balloons

–> Butter in a Jar

–> Balloon Balance

–> Ice Cream in a Bag

The ready to teach activity pack gives you everything you need to make states of matter engaging and memorable for kids!

NOTE: All of our products are instant downloads.

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20 Earth Day Activities

20 Earth Day Activities

Earth Day is the perfect time to learn how we can make our planet a healthier, cleaner place to live. These 20 Earth Day activities include our favorite earth-friendly crafts, science experiments and projects from across the web. Get ready for some serious fun!! Teach...

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Walking on Eggs

Walking on Eggs

This kids' science activity is a jaw-dropping fun way to teach little Einsteins about the strength of arches. How can a hen sit on an egg and not break it, but a chick can peck its way out? To find the answer, just walk on eggs. Like our Rainbow Jar activity, it's a...

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Layered Love Potion Valentine’s Day Science Activity

Layered Love Potion Valentine’s Day Science Activity

Love is in the air at our house and we've begun getting ready for Valentine's Day by mixing up some Love Potion.  This easy Valentine's Day science activity is a spin on our popular Rainbow Jar activity.  To boot, it's a great way to learn about density! Getting...

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25 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

25 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

Looking for some fun St. Patrick's Day activities with a math, science and literacy focus? You've come to the right spot. We've pulled together 25 of our favorite St. Patrick's Day activities for kids in one spot. We hope your little leprechauns love them too!...

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40 STEM Activities for Kids

40 STEM Activities for Kids

Activities for ages 4 and up. STEM activities (Science Technology Engineering and Math) are all the buzz in education. Kids love finding out how things work through fun, hands-on projects and teachers love knowing that they're preparing students for their...

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States of Matter Activities

States of Matter Activities

Activities for ages 4 to 6. Teaching kids about states of matter? You're in the right spot! These motivating, playful states of matter activities will keep young scientists learning and smiling for days. Grab your States of Matter Activity Pack in our shop or on...

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Growing Germs

Growing Germs

Activity for ages 3 to 8. This simple kids' science experiment uses an apple and your kiddo's own germs to show little ones just how important hand washing is now that cold season is upon us.  Once my 4 year old daughter, A, could visually see the germs...

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Balloon in a Bottle

Balloon in a Bottle

Activity for ages 5 and up. There are so many fun ways to sneak in kids' science  - make a rainbow in a jar, turn a flower two different colors, whip up some pop rockets... This simple kids' science activity is a quick prep way to...

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New? Start Here!

Welcome! At Playdough to Plato, we're all about making learning fun. That's why our activities are a perfect balance between “Look at what I can do now!” and “I can’t wait to do that again!” Whether you need to supplement what you're doing in the classroom or you're...

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Magic Fizzing Popsicle Paint

Magic Fizzing Popsicle Paint

Activity for ages 3 to 8. These magic fizzing popsicle paints are an awesome kids' science project for all ages. One hot day a few weeks ago, I pulled out a batch of the magical popsicles from our freezer and invited my  4 year old daughter to start...

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25 Fun Easter Learning Activities

25 Fun Easter Learning Activities

Activity for ages 3 to 6. The final countdown to Easter has officially begun. I'm not sure who is more excited for our family egg hunt - my kids or ME.   To get into the spirit, we're spending the week playing Easter-themed math, reading and science activities....

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15 Insanely Cool Preschool Science Projects

15 Insanely Cool Preschool Science Projects

Little Einsteins will love this roundup of super fun kids' science projects. It includes fun ways to learn about density, states of matter, life cycles and so. much. more. They're the perfect complement to our Super Cool Science Kit! Topping the list is our most...

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Volcano Eggs

Volcano Eggs

Looking for a magical, gorgeous and highly-addictive way to color Easter eggs?! These DIY volcano eggs are an awesome craft and science activity in one. With just baking soda and vinegar, you can make erupting eggs that are brilliantly colorful and tons of fun....

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Sharpie Tie-Dye Science

Sharpie Tie-Dye Science

We love tie-dye, but could do without the dyed hands, repeated rinsing and stained sink. Enter: Sharpie tie-dye shirts to the rescue!   This crafty kids' science activity is the perfect solution! It's a fun way to explore solvents with tie-dye but skip the mess....

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20 Kids’ Home Science Experiments

20 Kids’ Home Science Experiments

There are so many home science experiments for kids! From learning about how clouds rain to making sun-dried raisins, this list of 20 favorite science activities promises to be fun for kids AND grown ups. No science labs needed! Get inspired below and then grab 30...

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Phonics Games That Make Learning to Read Fun

Phonics Games That Make Learning to Read Fun

Teaching kids to read is one of the most important tasks a kindergarten and first grade teacher has. Some students learn quickly, while others need a bit more help.  Enter: phonics games! For those reluctant kids, nothing makes phonics more fun than games. These...

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Coloring Sheets

Coloring Sheets

Activity for ages 3 to 5. Looking for a fun and simple way to help kids learn colors?! These no prep coloring sheets are for you. Just hit print and grab a box of crayons for an afternoon of rainbow fun. They're the perfect complement to our popular Color Emergent...

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St. Patrick’s Day STEM

St. Patrick’s Day STEM

These St. Patrick’s Day STEM Challenges are a must-try! The set is perfect to use in STEM centers, math stations or as early finisher tasks.

STUDENTS WILL LOVE:

–> Building 10 Irish objects out of LEGOS.

–> Helping leprechauns carry gold across water by creating a raft that really floats.

–> Learning about buoyancy by pouring a Skittles rainbow into a jar.

–> Using common kitchen supplies to make a chemical reaction that polishes “leprechaun coins”.

–> Adding on to and creating Skittles patterns.

And, to help you track students’ growth, all five STEM challenges include record sheets to help kids keep track of their answers.

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25 Pre-K Math Centers

25 Pre-K Math Centers

Activities for ages 3 to 5. Looking for motivating math centers for your Pre-K classroom? These 25 hands-on, ready to print activities teach shapes, counting to 20, writing numbers, patterns and graphing. The activities make it so easy to set up math stations! Just...

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Fine Motor Super Pack

Fine Motor Super Pack

Activities for ages 3 to 5. When my three year old looked at me with his big blue eyes and asked for help, "writing like his daddy", I immediately launched into super mommy mode - pulling together 18 motivating games that would develop his hand-eye...

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Our Instagram Reel

Our Instagram Reel

Welcome Instagram friends! This is the place to find all of our latest posts in one spot. Simply scroll down and click on the activity you're searching for - our newest posts are on top. Spring STEM Challenges in our shop // on Teachers Pay Teachers 3D Shape Puzzles...

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DIY Magnetic Board 

DIY Magnetic Board 

Activity for ages 5 to 8. Remember the Wooly Willy magnetic board? C'mon, I know you do. As a child I spent hours working to get his facial hair just right. The simple, engaging kids' science toy was a mesmerizing way to learn about magnetism....

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30 Science Experiments

30 Science Experiments

Science just got a whole lot easier to add into your lesson plans! These hands-on, super cool science experiments are surprisingly easy to set up and use common supplies like baking soda and vinegar.

PLUS, your download also includes a no prep science journal that goes along with the 30 jaw dropping science experiments so kids can easily keep track of their results.

There’s so much included in this set! Check out all of the fun experiments below.

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15 Arts and Crafts for Kids

15 Arts and Crafts for Kids

Arts and crafts for ages 3 to 8. Arts and crafts are a fun, easy way to keep the kids entertained. These 15 colorful projects are sure to get plenty of "oohs" and "aahs" from little artists. They're fun to make and pretty to look at - a perfect combination!...

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Magic Pipe Cleaners

Magic Pipe Cleaners

Activity for ages 3 to 6. From making a rainbow in a jar to whipping up a batch of fizzy bath bombs, we've been doing plenty of fun kids' science projects lately. Our newest science experiment, Magic Pipe Cleaners, is a simple prep,...

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Learn Letter Sounds with ACTION!!

Learn Letter Sounds with ACTION!!

Guest post by Kindergarten and Preschool for Parents and Teachers. Young children learn with hands-on exploration using their five senses and movement. Of course you want them to learn to read, but do their eyes glaze over when you try to interest them in flashcards?...

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