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DIY Inventor's Box - a super easy and cheap way to build STEM skills at home (and to keep the kids entertained!)

Build STEM Skills: Make an “Inventor’s Box”

Happy Friday friends – I absolutely have to start off this week’s wrap up with a big ‘ol THANK YOU and a virtual hug to everyone who’s signed the “Words Hurt: Put a Stop to Bullying” Pledge.  You guys have shown up in a big way on this one and I so, so appreciate it!

Second, I’m super excited to share with you a project I put together for eHow’s mom channel recently.  You guys know how my ears perk up anytime the words “STEM skills” are uttered, right? Well, the good folks over there at eHow asked me to contribute a few easy STEM skill building activities for home and I took it as my chance to finally try a couple things that have been percolating in my head.

The first activity had to be building an Inventor’s Box.  I’ve been wanting to start one of these for the kids for a while now and this was just the excuse I needed to finally take action.  The box turned out to be – in a word – Rad with a capital “R”.

C has been having so much fun with it and I just love the exploration and creative thinking we’ve got going on around here.  As I said in the tutorial, my plan is definitely to have an Inventor’s Box of some shape or form around for many years to come. (P.S. for more great STEM stuff, check out my new “STEM finds” pinterest board.)


How goes your Happy Family Habit #2? And speaking of the “Happy Family Habits” series – I’m collecting ideas for the future.  Got any to share that are working for your family?

That’s it for this week.  Thanks for making it a great one!



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Jessica April 26, 2013 at 3:19 am

My son would flip for this. He already has his own toolbox with all of the trimmings, so giving him some old electronics he can take a part/rebuild would really make him flip.


julia [lifeonchurchill] April 26, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Oh I love love love this! Our 5 year old loves to create and build (with a touch of autism) and I really think he would enjoy an inventors box. pinned :)


Kristen April 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm

If your ears perk up anytime the words “STEM skills” are uttered, then you’d probably like finding out more about the STEM to STEAM movement being championed around the country by many, especially by John Maeda at RISD. Check it out here – http://www.risd.edu/About/STEM_to_STEAM/


Steph (MPMK Founder) April 29, 2013 at 12:22 am

Will do Kristen – thanks for the link.


Philip December 9, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Forgive me for being overly analytic but what activities are encouraged with this box? Most of these electronics still have lead solder or other hazardous chemicals that could be stirred up. I am trying to figure out the same sort of box for my son but just want to be super safe and so I sometimes err on overly cautious.


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