WELCOME TO SCIENCE TOY MAKER

Mysterious, Kinetic, Noisy, Do-It-Yourself Science Projects that Entice Scientific Investigation

You have found the site for people who like to roll up their sleeves and make science toys and projects. You won't find slick, well-designed web pages here--more like the digital equivalent of a messy workshop. If you poke around, though, you'll find good stuff. Science toy maker is a resource for inspired kids, parents, teachers, teenagers, home schoolers, science fair participants and citizen scientists everywhere.

All science toys and projects:

 

FANTASTIC FAMILY FLIES, FORWARDS FEEDBACK FROM CONFIDENT KID COMMUNICATORS!
" Lil-home-school-mama" collaborates with her kids "MacGyver" and "Mini Mama" to share their amazing learning adventures with the world. They were kind enough to share feedback about the robot hand project with me, so I asked them to have a go with "walkalong gliders". They did great work, as always. More about walkalong gliders/air surfing here.

 

David Williamson is Londoner who invents brilliant and unworldly curiosities like this. You can see his projects here and also his YouTube Channel. Metal (with sharp edges) and wooden whistles have been around forever, but in the embedded video above David uses just a straw (fat fast food straws work best I think) and cardboard (including the sides). Perhaps young elementary kids with only basic scissor skills would be able to make whistles. Reed instruments also avail to young musicians.

NEWS NOTE: AFTER A QUARTER CENTURY SCIENCETOYMAKER IS NO LONGER TEACHING
As much as I loved teaching, it’s time to let younger teachers--who can deal with bureaucracy and still have enough energy left to engage their students—to take charge. I’ll get my teaching fix from volunteering. And I hope at last to have the time to give this sadly neglected website the attention it needs. So check back from time to time and see what’s new.

SCIENCE TOYS ARE INTERNATIONAL! Click here to see which countries people have visited from. Over 160 different countries so far. Since the time of the Renaissance enthusiastic science has crossed national borders.

Updated: 11/11/14