School is a lot more fun for kids when things are hands on. Teachers, use these hands-on teaching ideas to jump start your lessons and make learning fun!
One of my favorite quotes is attributed to Benjamin Franklin. It says:
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
At Schooling a Monkey, we’re all about hands-on teaching. I firmly believe that most kids (especially active kids) learn best by doing. And what better way to learn than with these super fun hands-on teaching ideas?
You’ll have just as much fun as the kids when you try these fun hands-on activities for language arts, science, STEM, math, history, and more!
Hands-on Teaching Ideas for Language Arts
These creative activities will inspire kids to love writing, reading, and all the language arts.
Hands-On Language Arts: Story Trains
Educational Farm Activities: Letter Matching Clip Cards for Kindergarten
Fun Grammar Games: Break the Rules! Game for Kids
One Simple Trick for Motivating Reluctant Writers
Fun Writing Activities for Kids Who Hate Sitting Still
Silly Limericks for Kids
Hands-on Teaching Ideas for Science
Science in a textbook is boring. Science in real life is amazing!
Hands-On Plate Tectonics
Easy Science Experiments for Kids: Discover Liquid Density
Exploding Minecraft Creeper-Inspired Alka Seltzer Rockets
How to Make a Magnifying Glass- from ICE!
Diving Fish Science Experiment
Build a Desert Biome
Easy, Ooozy Slime
Easy Science Experiments: How to Make a Cloud in a Jar
Turning a Penny Green
Volcano Science Experiment
Learn About Convection Heat with Heat Experiments!
Stunning Glow in the Dark Oobleck Experiment for Kids
Animal Nutrition: How Cows Eat Grass (and why we can’t)
Butterfly Science: 3D Monarch Butterfly Model
Hands-on Teaching Ideas for Math
A lot of kids dislike math. But that is because they haven’t tried hands-on math!
Hands-On Math: Clay Number Manipulatives
What is a Mobius Strip?
Math Fraction Art Project
Fun Learning with Play Store Math
Uno Math Game
Multiplication Dice Game
Soup Can PEMDAS Money Worksheet
Strawberry Math Clip Cards
Multiplication Arrays Printable + Activity Ideas
Pi Day Activities
Hands-on Teaching Ideas for History
History doesn’t have to be boring when you use these fun hands-on ideas!
Hands-on Teaching Ideas for STEM
We love STEM activities here at Schooling a Monkey. STEM is best when it involves all realms of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in a hands-on way.
Build Your Own Solar System with a Melted Pony Bead Suncatcher
Hands-On STEM: 3D Carbon Atom Model
Egg Drop Engineering Project
Spaghetti Engineering Project
Make a Stop Motion Video
Paper Airplane Engineering Challenge
Clothespin Airplane STEM Engineering Challenge
More Hands-On Teaching Ideas
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