For a complete introduction and to get to know each Quirkle, work your way across the main menu bar above. Have fun exploring, and please contact us with any questions you may have!
But that's not all. Check out the introductory video that explains why we created the Quirkles, or take a look at the sample book Gilbert Gas below.
There’s no denying it! We love, love, love the season of fall. While the calendar may suggest new beginnings start on January 1, there’s just something about moving from summer to autumn to get you re-focused. Perhaps we feel that way because many of us are teachers or parents, and the fall signifies a new class, a new start to the school year, and a chance to begin again. Or maybe it’s the colors, the food, and the smells.
As we live in a part of the world with four seasons, we enjoy watching nature make its transition. And the science! What a time to make science come alive! From fun fall activities to Halloween science (check out our showstopper in the experiment section that we've dubbed Wanda The Melting Witch), there are so many cool things for you to share with children whether in class, at home, or virtually! After "melting" Wanda, learn more about polymers by reading the Quirkles, Zany Science Zeke.
“We did a great science worksheet today!” said no kid ever. As an educator, make a new school year resolution to be the one that “comes home to the dinner table” (in a good way of course)! We remember experiences. We remember doing things. We remember concepts when we can apply those concepts.
What better subject than science to make the classroom come alive? This month we offer some simple and very fun science activities that are guaranteed to make children look forward to coming to class and then telling others about what they have learned. But, it’s not just about the “wow” factor. It’s also important that the concepts learned are meaningful and robust.
So how do we start the new school year with a bang? Fall is a great time to read Friction Fred to learn how Fred uses friction to help the Foops win the football game. Try all the fun activities in the Quirkles Teacher Guide and More Quirkles Experiments book to reinforce the story and science. Have distance contests on different surfaces, try “Friction Fred’s Magic Spoon,” and design a new version of Fred’s Friction Flyers football shoes.
But that’s not all. This month we offer a bonus, that, while not in this book, ties to Friction Fred. Watch our video to learn how to make armpit fudge. Instead of the conventional way of ingredient mixing, we use the friction and the heat of the human body, namely the armpit, to do the work. It’s actually quite tasty and just gross enough to be wonderful to a young child!
The Quirkles stories and activities are full of ways to make learning memorable. So what are you waiting for? It’s time for some educational, fun science!
The Wizard of Oz has nothing on us. She’s melting, she’s melting, she’s melting!
Try this unconventional way to learn about friction!
I really appreciate your ideas and support!!! I am amazed at the Quirkles series that you have created and know you all must be FABULOUS teachers!!!
Cindy, Lower School Science Coordinator, Suffolk, VA
It is very hard to put into words exactly how much I love the Quirkles. They totally changed my attitude about teaching science to kindergarten and first graders as an enrichment class in my school.
Lynn, Gifted Teacher, Springdale, AR