• STEAM Kits Put the Fun in At-home Learning!

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Kits for Ages 6 and up

    Check out these fun and educational kits for kids ages 6 and up. The minimum suggested donations for each kit help cover the cost of supplies. Donations above the minimum allow us to provide free kits to low income families. Families experiencing financial hardship may request one free kit per month (either a Play Kit or a STEAM Kit).  

    Pick up on our porch or ship anywhere in the US

    Would you like to give a Playhouse Play Kit as a gift? Mast General Store has teamed up to help us ship our Play Kits anywhere in the U.S. for a $10 shipping fee! Simply choose the shipping option when you fill out your Kit request form and add $10 to your donation!

    Generous Donors Help us Build STEAM

    The Playhouse Play Kit Project is supported in part by generous grants from the Farris Foundation Home Community Fund, the Kennedy-Herterich Foundation, and the Clabough Foundation, and individuals. Please click here to make a donation.  or mail a check to The Children’s Playhouse, 400 Tracy Circle, Boone, NC 28607

     

  • Geology Rocks! Kit

    While supplies last–only 50 kits available!

    The Geology Rocks! Kit will help you explore earth science and hopefully inspire you to start your own rock and fossil collection.  Recommended for ages 6 and up.

    1. Special Rocks and Mystery Fossil 
    2. Archie the Aetosaur diorama
    3. When Oceans Get Too Acidic 
    4. Crystal Shapes
    5. Crack Your Own Geode and Make One Too 
    6. Hunt for Crinoids in Fossil Sediment
    7. Make an Ancient Crinoid Model
    8. Volcanic Rocks
    9. Paint your own fossil cast

    Minimum suggested donation is $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

    Created by Marta Toran, Lecturer and Outreach Coordinator, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Appalachian State University (ASU) in cooperation with The Children’s Playhouse. The Playhouse is very grateful to ASU for the generous donation of these materials and their time and expertise.

     

  • The Art in Motion Kit

    Make six cool art projects that move! Designed by experienced art teacher Anna Welsh with help from Kathy Parham. While supplies last–only 50 kits available!

     The Art in Motion kit includes the following activities: 

    1. Art Bot
    2. Moving Pictures (Thaumatrope)
    3. Splatter Painting
    4. 3D Hand
    5. It Shrinks! (Shrink Art)
    6. Calder Mobile

    Minimum suggested donation is $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers. 

    Recommended for ages 6 and up.

    Created by Anna Welsh. 

  • The Light Exploration Kit

    While supplies last–only 50 kits available!

    With this Light Box, you get to discover the science of optics and learn about the production of light, how light affects the way we see things, how light can be separated into different colors. The Light Exploration Kit includes the following activities: 

    1. Glow Hot, Glow Cold
    2. Smash ‘n Glow
    3. Backwards Light and Stripey Light
    4. Word Stretcher and Light Dot Maker
    5. Rainbow Maker 

    and More!

    Recommended for ages 6 and up.

    Created by Caroline Donaghy, Anna Welsh, Brooke Hester, and Claire Parnell. 

  • The Artistic Chemist Kit

    While supplies last–only 50 kits available!

    Learn about chemistry while creating a beautiful garden! The Artistic Chemist Kit includes the following activities: 

    1. Borax Crystal Flowers
    2. Traveling Rainbow
    3. Chromatography Butterflies and Flowers
    4. DIY Silly Putty
    5. Bath Bombs
    6. Create Your Own Butterfly Garden diorama

    Minimum suggested donation is $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers. 

    Recommended for ages 6 and up. Parental Supervision Required

    Created by Anna Welsh and Sydney Blume. 

  • Town Engineer

    Get it while you can! Only a few kits left!

    The Town Engineer Kit challenges you to think like an engineer as you build the following projects:

    1. Balloon-powered car
    2. Balloon-powered rocket
    3. Marshmallow tower
    4. Earthquake table
    5. Bridge challenge

    This kit includes a pair of adult-sized scissors, a ruler, a roll of tape, dry spaghetti (contains gluten), marshmallows, ping-pong balls, balloons, and rubber bands. Minimum suggested donation is $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

    Recommended for ages 6 and up.

    Created by Patrick McNeel, with assistance from Brooke Hester, Richard Elaver, Claire Parnell, and Kathy Parham.

    Instrucciones de actividad en español

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