Projects and Activities

By Bethany Kids is a non-profit run by a long-time web marketer named Shauna Conway.  She lives in Bethany, Oklahoma and is passionate about her work and about instilling 21st-century job and life skills in kids in creative ways using technology, and fun project-based learning activities.  Some of the areas we work in are: 3D printing, laser engraving, digital art and comic/graphic novel creation.  Some fun projects we’ve taken on recently innclude making bluetooth enabled antique typewriters and repurposing Nerf guns as “steampunk” guns.  The most important thing, beyond the projects, is to teach children lifelong good habits.  Helping kids to see that they must earn to survive, but can find work that they love and then to develop healthy money sense.  We love to support ‘kidpreneurs’ that have business ideas of their own.

Why STEM Outside of Class

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Programming a Robot Intruder Alarm

Dot and Dash Don’t know who Dot is?  Let me introduce you to the world of MakeWonder and Dash and Dot.  They are easy-to-program robots.  My preschooler even programs them in the capacity that she can. I saw this activity on MakeWonder’s website and wanted to try it for myself. It looked like a great real world application ...

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Pink Chunky Lego Bracelet

Great STEAM Project for Girls In addition to the Lego bricks listed below you will need 4 45mm x 2mm tube beads, string, Goop or Krazy Glue and a dremel. 13 x 4206970 BRICK 1X2 - Tr.Medium Reddish Violet 1 x 301026 BRICK 1X4 - Black 1 x 300926 BRICK 1X6 - Black 2 x ...

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Stylish 1×1 Stacked Choker in Blue

This is a relatively simple build.  I couldn’t find any 1x1x2 bricks in an assortment of colors, so I designed this necklace with all 1x1x1s (just gluing them together to get the effect of 1x1x2s).  However, for a longer necklace this can be done in an assortment of colors with 1x1x3s. 2 x 4255413 BRICK ...

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Progress…

We’ve successfully taken the typewriter apart, attached the sensor circuitry and then put it back together.  Now we have to attach the magnetic switches for the keys that we didn’t have room on the sensor panel (like the space bar) then make a hole in the typewriter casing (which I’m not sure how we’re going ...

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Glow-In-the-Dark Game Night

We’re planning for a glow in the dark game night soon… Dips that glow under a black light.  Solo cups that fluoresce in the black light.  And our very own custom wood wahoo board that has leds under each space to make the men (translucent marbles of all different colors) glow.  We can’t actually PLAN the game ...

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Breathing New Life into an Old Typewriter

We’ve been hard at work trying to get our USB Typewriter up and going.  However, we’ve run into a few snags… The port for the USB sits underneath the plastic casing of the typewriter, so we’re going to have to find a way to make a hole large enough to allow the cable to connect. ...

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The Importance of Review Management for Online Marketing

Small businesses get really excited when they start seeing positive reviews come in on Google+, Facebook, Yelp or Angie’s List. However, one negative review can cause lots of turmoil around the business and online. Let’s face it, the review game is rigged against business owners.  People are more likely to review someone when they are ...

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Tab and Type Easy Monopoly PDF Template

This is a PDF where you can just tab and type your own property names into it. The full package is a ZIP file that also comes with an easy to edit property card file and some Monopoly money (very basic).  

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Frozen and Winter Games

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Favorite Books Grouped By Age

12 Cats of Christmas

I love this (rather large – I think it’s closer to 8.5 x 11) board book.  Each page has a photo oof a cat, and also a tactile touch and feel element.  For example, the stocking is fuzzy and the Christmas ornaments are sparkly and grainy,  Great for your young ones that love cats!!

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The Mitten

This beautiful winter story is perfect for 0 – 5 year olds.  This is the board book version too which is perfect for tiny hands.  This is truly a classic.  Not Christmas par-sey but certainly in the spirit of the season.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Pop Up Book

Not only is this a great book to read with your own children, it’s also a great gift for someone.  Give it as a secret Santa gift or a gift for the host or hostess of a holiday party.

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Gingerbread Baby

Fun book to read aloud to kindergated through third grade students.  Enhance the experience by making gingerbread “babies” before and eat them after the book.

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Charlie Brown Christmas with Sound

I love this book because it tells the Charlie Brown Christmas story and also lets you hear the kids sing.  Love the interactivity.  Great for pre-reading.  Why not watch the movie after reading the book aloud with your toddler/pre-schooler, and then let them retell the story with the sounds…?

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The Brick Bible – The Christmas Story

Leave it to someone to come up with a new twist on telling the Christmas Story using Lego minifigs as the characters in a book.  This is a great way to show your Lego-builder the real reason for Christmas.

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The Polar Express

“The Polar Express” is a classic.  My children read, and then watch it every year.  One year we even went on a seasonal train ride called the “Polar Express” that even had a little “Northpole” set up where the kids could sit on Santa’s lap.  You might check your area to see if this is available ...

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Gift of the Maji

This is an illustrated, unabridged version of the classic short story in which a young husband and wife each, unbeknownst to the other, gives up a most treasured possession to buy the other a wonderful gift. Such a timeless tale that reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas.  I love the illustrations here because ...

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This is a great “picture book” for older kids.  Since “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is kinda meant for an older audience, it’s entertaining to tweens and maybe even teenagers.  This story really has a cult following and this book is a great collector’s item for those that love the story.

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Junie B Christmas

My first grader LOVES Junie B. – she’s just so feisty and fun.  This is a great Christmas-time story with a great moral to the story.  There’s even a live production of this book.  We were lucky last year to catch the play in our hometown, just after finishing the book.

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