Storybook Science Series 2017

Welcome to the 2nd annual Storybook Science series. March is National Reading Month which kicks off with Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America Day on March 2nd. I love to combine my two favorite things – reading and science, so I’ve partnered with some amazing bloggers to bring you a great series of science activities inspired by children’s books all month long. Look for ideas in the following topics: Kitchen Science, Engineering Challenges, Conservation, and STEAM.

Storybook Science Series featuring science activities inspired by children's books

Storybook Science

Be sure to bookmark or pin this page to see all of the posts as they go live. I’ll also be sharing weekly roundups over at Read Science. See last year’s Storybook Science posts.

Kitchen Science

Kitchen science uses everyday household supplies that you will often find in your kitchen. These ideas are accessible and doable for most families.

March 1

Archimedes Water Displacement Science Lesson inspired by Archimedes and the Golden Crown from Line Upon Line Learning

March 2

Fizzy Color Mixing Experiment inspired by Dr. Seuss’s My Many Colored Days from Inspiration Laboratories

March 3

Shiny Penny Science inspired by Benny’s Pennies from To Be a Kid Again

March 4

Why do fruit and vegetables get soft when cooked? inspired by Pretend Soup from Mama Smiles

March 6

Hand Washing Science Experiment inspired by Germs!: An Epic Tale on a Tiny Scale! from Schooling a Monkey

March 7

Making Butter inspired by the Little House in the Big Woods from Better than Homework

Engineering Challenges

Challenge your kids to undertake these engineering ideas inspired by a storybook.

March 8

Princess School: Rapunzel Engineering Challenge from Line Upon Line Learning

March 9

Water Play STEM Activity inspired by The Itsy Bitsy Spider from Thriving STEM

March 10

Fun Ways for Kids to Explore the Science of Flight inspired by The Story of Flight from Mama Smiles

March 11

Paper Plate Hovercraft inspired by Rosie Revere Engineer from Life Over C’s

March 14

Submarine Science Experiments inspired by Papa’s Mechanical Fish from Teach Beside Me

March 15

Simple Machine Activities for Kids – 3 Ways to Move a Lion inspired by How Do You Lift a Lion? from Kitchen Counter Chronicles


What can kids do to make a difference? These ideas are sure to inspire us to save the planet. They are perfect for Earth Day and gaining an appreciation for our ecosystems.

March 16

Learning about Sea Turtle Conservation with Kids inspired by In to the Sea from Rainy Day Mum

March 17

Bee and Pollinator Scavenger Hunt + Ways to Help inspired by Flight of the Honey Bee from To be a Kid Again

March 18

Conserving Trees and Recycling Paper inspired by The Great Paper Caper from Line Upon Line Learning

March 19

Simple Ways Children Can Help with Conservation inspired by Over in the Meadow from Mama Smiles

March 20

How to Make a Boat with Recycled Materials inspired by Toy Boat from JDaniel4’s Mom

Butterfly Conservation for Kids inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar from Inspiration Laboratories

March 21

Teaching Kids about Water Conservation & the Water Cycle inspired by The Water Hole from Edventures with Kids

March 22

Create Your Own Field Guide From a Wildflower Photo Safari inspired by On Meadowview Street from Books and Giggles

March 23

Make a Landfill Model inspired by Here Comes the Garbage Barge from Share it! Science


STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The goal is to connect these disciplines together in order to facilitate learning and problem solving.

March 24

STEAM Paper Airplane Experiment inspired by The Great Paper Caper from Rainy Day Mum.

March 27

Hopping Bunnies Measurement Activity inspired by Knuffle Bunny from Inspiration Laboratories


March 29

from Edventures with Kids

March 30

Printable Building Project Cards inspired by Rex Wrecks It from JDaniel4’s Mom

March 31

What Makes a Musical Note Higher or Lower? inspired by The Way Things Work Now from Mama Smiles

Princess School STEAM: Designing a Castle inspired by If I Built a House from Line Upon Line Learning

Stay Connected

I’ll be sharing the Storybook Science posts each day as they go live on Facebook. You can also subscribe to the Inspiration Laboratories weekly newsletter. Each issue has exclusive hands-on science explorations for children, a recap of our latest activities, and special resources selected just for you!

Storybook Science Series featuring science activities inspired by children's books

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