MARIKA STOLPE

Advice & Tips, Recommended

Science Youtube Channels for Kids: 5 recommended

I am always trying to find different ways to present science to my kids, since I really want them to become interested in this field. I think it can offer so many different things for them in life, even if they don’t end up working with science or engineering as adults. Sometimes we do experiments, […]

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Products, Recommended

LEGO Technic 42063 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Review: How to learn by creative play

I am a big fan of Technic Lego®. I love the challenge the kits offer my kids to finish the complete build of the different sets, compared to the original build sets. Kids get hands-on practice by playing with the advanced, realistic technical functions of the beams and plates, gears, axles, connectors and special parts, wheels, and tires and […]

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42068 Lego Technic Airport Rescue Vehicle Review: How to learn by creative play

One thing I love with Technic Lego® is that they offer a bigger challenge for my kids to finish the complete build of the different sets, compared to the original build sets. I also think that the best part is the reproduction of the advanced, realistic technical functions of the beams and plates, gears, axles, connectors […]

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Advice & Tips, Parenting

Teach kids problem solving skills: Ordinary parents 5-step guide

Have you ever wanted to help your kid a bit too much, when they have struggled to solve a problem? I know I have, especially when I have been in a hurry and felt I did not have the patience to wait. I think we all learn best from the everyday experience solving problems which are […]

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Advice & Tips, Parenting

Ways to Give Feedback: Ordinary Parents Guide

Are you a “good job” junkie? Do you happen to label your kid with praise like “You are so smart!”? If yes, so what is the harm with that? According to research, that can actually be harmful. I think we as parents all should all reflect about which ways to give feedback, and what we […]

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Advice & Tips

Inspiring role models in science

Did you have any role models when you grew up? To be honest, I don’t think I really had any. I know my dream job was to become a pilot, since I have always loved to fly. But, I ended up as an engineer and that turned up well for me. There are so many […]

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Experiments

An experiment to do at home: What happens if you mix water, bicarbonate, salt and vinegar (or lemon)?

Introduce a very easy and fun experiment to your kids. This is something that can be done at home with things you most likely already have in your kitchen. It is really easy and does not cost so much. Put a glass with water on the table, bring out the bicarbonate, salt and vinegar (or lemon). […]

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Advice & Tips, Experiments, Parenting, Recommended

Brain tickling science center in Sweden: Universeum in Gothenburg

I absolutely love to visit different science centers with my kids. I think it is one very excellent way to connect technical solutions with reality. Kids get hands on training in all kind of different experiments in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). They will explore, learn and experience! One thing is for sure, […]

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Products, Recommended

Lego Technic 42053 Volvo EW160E Review: How to learn by creative play

One of the reasons I purchased Technic Lego® for my kids to my kids is that there is a bigger challenge for them to finish the complete build of the different sets, compared to the original build sets. I also think that the fun part is the reproduction of the advanced, realistic technical functions of […]

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Quotes about technology: What is an engineer and what do they do?

The topic “professions” is what my son is working on in school right now. He is eight years old and is in second grade. The kids learn a little about all classical professions like teachers, doctors, pilots, cleaners and so on. During the last meeting they held for us parents, my son’s teacher mentioned that […]

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Books, Products

Get your kids exploring science with comics

Do your kids enjoy reading comics? My son, who is old enough to know how to read loves it. He was totally overwhelmed the other day when he got a big pile of comics to read. Too bad that pile did not contain comics and still cartoons about science. I think comics and still, cartoons can […]

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Advice & Tips, Parenting

How to gamify learning – Fun ways for your kids to learn new stuff

I guess you have heard about gamified learning before? In this post I will give you a couple of tips of how to gamify learning in your home, together with your kids. It doesn’t even have to be very technical or time-consuming. But first, what is gamified learning? One short description is that, it is an […]

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Books, Products, Recommended

Computer Coding Games For Kids Review: The fun way to get your kids to learn

One book got my attention when I was walking around in a bookstore a while ago, trying to find interesting new books to read to my kids. It was the book “Computer Coding for Kids” by Carol Vorderman. Since I got hooked on coding, already by the age of 9, I hope that my kids […]

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Experiments, Products

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) – Craft subscriptions for kids

We all know that kids love toys. Even if they have a room full of it, they would still like to have new toys. As a parent, I sometimes feel like I’ve had enough and will not ever buy another toy. Mmm, yeah right…! For me, it is important that there is a higher educational […]

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Advice & Tips

Why kids ask why? – How to emphasize their curiosity to learn

Buried In "Why" questions

Have you ever encountered a kid who asks WHY? If you are a parent, I guess the answer is yes. Like a million times. The reason children want to know why, is simply because they want to make sense of the world around them. This is a way for them to constantly learn new stuff. […]

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Advice & Tips

How to get kids interested in science? – 6 ways to create explorers for life

Explore The World

OK, so how is it done? As a parent, I think we all want to do the best we can to support our kids in their mission to understand and explore the world around them. I think it is very important to try to get your kids to see science as fun first and educational […]

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Experiments

Tech experiments for kids – 4 to do at home

For a lot of people the best way to learn things is by experimenting themselves. This is true for both me and my kids. For me it is easier to understand something when I can feel, see, touch, hear and smell it. It is also fun to do experiments at home with your kids. Here […]

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Experiments

Play with home made play dough

Play with home made dough – 100% free from unhealthy chemicals Introduce a fun science experiment for your kids. One way to boost your kids creativity is to let them play around with dough. It is really easy and does not cost so much. They will definitely have a lot of fun! This opens up a lot […]

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Advice & Tips, Parenting

Parenting with tech – 13 advice to stay safe online

There are a lot of opions about modern technology and how much we should let our kids to be exposed to it, what is harmful, and what is good for them. In this post, I will write about my point of view in some very important topics about how to keep our kids safe online, […]

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Products

Craft subscriptions for kids

Looking for inspiration for fun ways for kids to learn cool stuff? The other day I found an American company called KiwiCo that has the vision to inspire kids’ creativity, which totally aligns with my own vision. The mission is to help equip the next generation of innovators with the tools for creative problem solving […]

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