Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Good Free App of the Day: Howtosmile - all the best science and math activities

This winter seems to be dragging on forever and there is now a layer of ice covering the ten inches of snow in my yard. Parents every where are looking for ways to keep their children busy without watching Frozen...again. Wouldn't it be great if you could find some fun age-appropriate activities for your kids or students that would also teach them something? The Howtosmile app funded the the National Science Foundation has just what you need. Features a collection of over 2,000 hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities and experiments for kids as young as four all the way to adults. Get inspired and learn something new today.
 If you would like to download Howtosmile (iPhone/iPad, Free), please show your support for Smart Apps for Kids by using the link provided:

No ads or in-app purchases. External links to some of the experiments.


This free app by The Lawrence Hall of Science comes from the Howtosmile website. The home screen allows you to search by keywords for activities or experiments related to a specific area of interest. Users can also choose to Browse By Topic, check out the Top 20 Activities or Read the Blog.

Each activity features a description, a quick guide, keywords, a material list and subjects involved. The quick guide is great because it outlines the time required to complete the task, the age range and the estimated cost. The type of learning style supported is also included with every activity.

From iTunes:

Howtosmile.org—the best science fun anywhere, any time, any age! 

 Find and DO fun hands-on science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) activities created by the country’s top science centers and informal educators. Explore for FREE the entire howtosmile.org collection of over 2,000 activities, games, experiments, and more. Sample the Top 20 most popular, or search the whole collection by word—like sound or planet; by topic—like Animals, Food and Cooking, Computers, or Sports and Exercise; by cost to do the activity—from free to over $20; and by age—from 4 to adult. Read the howtosmile.org blog for fresh ideas and approaches, plus profiles of informal educators who make science learning cool and exciting, whether they teach in a museum, classroom, an afterschool program, or a kitchen at home. Discover your new favorite hands-on activities to do with your friends, family, or students. Get inspired! 

 Funded by the National Science Foundation. Brought to you by the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley.

Sarah is enjoying an unexpected day off due to more snow and ice.

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