RAFT's pre-packaged Activity Kits contain the materials needed to complete our most popular hands-on projects!

A detailed Idea Sheet is provided with each Activity Kit. The Idea Sheet includes a materials list, step-by-step assembly instructions, things to do and notice, the concept behind the activity, and pointers to other resources.

Each Activity Kit is aligned to national curriculum standards and can be used with any textbook or lesson plan. Pick a location and check out which Activity Kits are currently in stock::

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Add It Up

Learn MoreThis simple hands-on activity helps students master important addition facts and become strategic problem-solvers!
Grade Range: K - 4
Students Served: 2 - 4
Quantity Available: 91

Alphabet Mix

Learn MoreStudents connect letters with their related sounds and will enjoy creating and learning new words with this engaging activity.
Grade Range: PK - 3
Students Served: 1-4
Quantity Available: 25

Area Antics

Learn MoreThis popular activity plays like the card game "War", but with a new twist. Players estimate, and then measure, the area of shapes by covering them with centimeter blocks. With practice, they internalize the concept of area and learn to estimate it. This activity can also be used to learn about perimeter. Adding more layers of blocks introduces the concept of volume.
Grade Range: 3 - 7
Students Served: 2-4
Quantity Available: 84

Black and White Makes Color

Learn MoreSpin a CD with a Benham's Disk pattern on top and observe an interesting optical effect. The black and white pattern on the disk creates a mysterious illusion of color! This illusion provides valuable insights into how our eyes and brain perceive color.
Grade Range: 3 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 49

Born from an Egg – 3D Model

Learn MoreStudents have fun using a 3D model to sort animals into 2 categories: those born from an egg and those not born from an egg.
Grade Range: PK - 3
Students Served: 2-4
Quantity Available: 44

Brace Yourself

Learn MoreHow will an earthquake, simulated by shaking, affect a "building" made of linked squares? How can the square "stories" be cross-braced to prevent the "walls" from collapsing? What dangers are there in building above a garage? Learn the answers to these questions and more by working with the Brace Yourself model.
Grade Range: 2 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 13

Brace Yourself

Learn MoreHow will an earthquake, simulated by shaking, affect a "building" made of linked squares? How can the square "stories" be cross-braced to prevent the "walls" from collapsing? What dangers are there in building above a garage? Learn the answers to these questions and more by working with the Brace Yourself model.
Grade Range: 2 - 12
Students Served: 1-4
Quantity Available: 23

Breadboard Circuits

Learn MoreProvide students with opportunities to create a basic circuit, build a portable version, and explore parallel and series circuits!
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 42

Buzz Off

Learn MoreGive this little noisemaker a whirl to learn about the effects of air passing over a taut rubber band. As it vibrates, the rubber band can generate a surprising range of deep rumbling tones. How can the pitch be changed? Experiment to find the answer!
Grade Range: K - 8
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 45

Car on a Roll

Learn MoreModel cars teach students about motion along inclined planes, friction, gravity, momentum, and potential vs. kinetic energy. The models do not need to be complex in design. These model cars consist of a simple chassis and a straw-based axle system (simple machine) that produces minimal friction and allows the cars to roll with little energy input, making them ideal learning tools for students of all ages.
Grade Range: K - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 35

Checkbook Window Shopping

Learn MoreGo "shopping" using checks to pay for products and learn techniques to accurately keep track of checkbook balances.
Grade Range: 6 - 9
Students Served: 2-4
Quantity Available: 75

Colors of Light

Learn MoreWhite light is actually a combination of different colors. This easy-to-build spectroscope creates a rainbow pattern (spectrum) by separating incoming light into its component colors. The interesting patterns it displays can be used to identify different sources of light. Experiment with a variety of colored filters and see how the images change!
Grade Range: K - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 46

Commutative Cookies

Learn MoreDemonstrate the commutative property of multiplication by arranging the same number of "chocolate chips" on two different batches of "cookies".
Grade Range: 3 - 4
Students Served: 2
Quantity Available: 29

Connect-a-pult

Learn MoreMany catapult designs have evolved over the centuries. The new connect-a-pult demonstrates common items being re-purposed with the aid of a little creative engineering. Even young learners can explore the effects of using different launch angles and forces as pompoms are sent flying into the air!
Grade Range: 2 - 12
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Quantity Available: 23

Critter Capsule

Learn MoreBuild student curiosity about motion, center of mass, and inertia with this fun activity! Use this activity as a tool to discuss the characteristics of living organisms. The reason for the capsule's tumbling motion is concealed by the foil which adds to its "mysterious" nature and provides an opportunity to practice observation and science process skills.
Grade Range: K - 8
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 51

Design a House

Learn MoreDesign and build a house using different materials. Explore what is possible. Relate what exists to dreams of what can be.
Grade Range: PK - 2
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Quantity Available: 17

Design a Town

Learn MoreWorking together, students design and build a town using different types of materials. In this process, students will explore the elements of town development.
Grade Range: PK - 2
Students Served:
Quantity Available: 13

Egg Drop

Learn MoreStudents build a "vehicle" designed to prevent a dropped egg from breaking. In the process, they discover that combining simple materials with a little creative thinking and teamwork will reveal many ways to solve this intriguing challenge!
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 1-4
Quantity Available: 15

Evolution by Natural Selection

Learn MoreSimulate evolution with some colorful "critters" and carnivorous "beaky birds". Simulations are helpful to demonstrate processes like evolution that take place over many years. Observe how adaptations such as camouflage help organisms survive and pass on traits to offspring. Recognize evolution happening simultaneously in both the predator and prey (bird and critter) populations.
Grade Range: 3 - 12
Students Served: 3-6
Quantity Available: 36

Faux Stained Glass

Learn MoreStudent artists of all ability levels can use this flexible technique to create dramatic effects. Their creations will "shine from within", adding a unique dimension to cards, bookmarks and other decorative objects.
Grade Range: K - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 81

File Folder Weaving

Learn MoreLike so many traditional tasks, weaving can be much more difficult and challenging than many people realize. Teachers can use weaving activities in a classroom to teach patterns, scientific method, observation skills and history.
Grade Range: K - 8
Students Served: 20
Quantity Available: 13

Fizzy Rockets

Learn MoreThese rockets enable students to use design thinking and are effective demonstrations of Newton's laws of motion. The liftoff power of the rocket is produced by a common acid/base chemical reaction that creates carbon dioxide gas; making this activity an ideal tool for teaching students about chemical reactions and how pressure can do work on objects.
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 92

Flip Over Fractions!

Learn MoreIn this colorful activity, players use "bricks" to build "fraction walls". In the process, they master equivalent fractions and gain problem-solving and creative thinking skills. This activity can be used by individual students, or turned into exciting opportunities for teamwork and competition!
Grade Range: 2 - 8
Students Served: 2
Quantity Available: 60

Floating Compass

Learn MoreThe floating compass is a useful tool for detecting the magnetic fields of magnets and of the Earth. Make a simple compass with a magnetized needle that demonstrates the properties of magnetic materials and shows that magnets have north and south poles. Using the floating compass provides a visual example of how like poles repel each other.
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 49

Foil Art

Learn MoreExplore an art technique where everyone - both children and adults - can be successful. The color pulled from new or used printing foils can create striking patterns for making cards, bookmarks, and other art projects.
Grade Range: K - 8
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 115

Foreign Currency Exchange

Learn MoreA visit to a country's "bank" gives travelers on vacation a chance to exchange homeland money for a foreign currency. Travelers visit the country's "store" and select items to purchase from a "shopkeeper" with the foreign money they have available to spend.
Grade Range: 6 - 9
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Quantity Available: 51

Frack Jack

Learn MoreGames are wonderful tools for teaching and motivating students! Frack Jack helps students of all ages master equivalent fractions and become skilled at estimating what portion of a circle is filled by any collection of fractional wedges.
Grade Range: 2 - 8
Students Served: 1-4
Quantity Available: 86

Gravity Defying Frog

Learn MoreMove the center of gravity of a paper frog to create a gravity defying illusion! How can the frog spin around with most of its body suspended in mid-air? Use moveable weights to discover what forces are needed to keep the frog balanced on its head. Conceal the weights to heighten the mystery!
Grade Range: K - 8
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 30

Hopping Coil

Learn MoreCreate opposing magnetic fields using a coil of magnet wire and a ring magnet. Take the challenge to make the coil do continuing performances on its own! What can be changed to make the coil bounce higher or faster?
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 20

Hovercraft

Learn MoreExplore how a hovercraft can glide smoothly along by constructing this quick-to-assemble four-piece model. Once the hovercraft is built, test it on any smooth, flat surface.
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 35

Hovercraft

Learn MoreExplore how a hovercraft can glide smoothly along by constructing this quick-to-assemble four-piece model. Once the hovercraft is built, test it on any smooth, flat surface.
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 1
Quantity Available: 268

Interesting Interest

Learn MoreMoney deposited in a savings account will earn interest and grow. Model the difference between two interest rates. Over time, does a small difference in interest rates really matter?
Grade Range: 6 - 9
Students Served:
Quantity Available: 21

Kumihimo

Learn MoreThis simplified version of an ancient braiding technique ties together art, history, and mathematical patterns in a fun activity suitable for all ages.
Grade Range: K - 7
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 59

Leonardo's Arched Bridge

Learn MoreMake a self-supporting bridge designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Be amazed by the ingenious simplicity of his creation! Use Leonardo's idea to inspire a student design challenge.
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 1
Quantity Available: 72

Mathematical Dream Catchers

Learn MoreCombine traditional Native American culture and modern mathematical concepts to explore geometric shapes and patterns!
Grade Range: 1 - 5
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 43

Mathematical Hopi Kachina Figures

Learn MoreCombine geometry with Native American Indian culture to create a figure inspired by the Hopi Kachina doll!
Grade Range: 3 - 8
Students Served:
Quantity Available: 17

Mathematical Symmetry Model

Learn MoreStudents create symmetrical models that are self-representational. Designing the model facilitates students' cultural exploration. Completed models can be used as the basis of a story and/or play.
Grade Range: PK - 2
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 22

Mini Magnet Wands

Learn MoreMagnetism is a fascinating phenomenon for students. This simple yet effective activity provides a practical method for teaching students how to find and label the magnetic poles on a magnet, identify magnetic materials, understand the difference between geographic and magnetic poles. Mini Magnet Wands can also be used to understand compasses.
Grade Range: 2 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 19

Mysterious Magnetic Movements

Learn MoreA variety of scientific and gravity "defying" demonstrations can be done by combining pill and ring magnets in unique ways to create a multipurpose demo unit.
Grade Range: 3 - 12
Students Served: 1
Quantity Available: 13

Puff Rocket

Learn MoreHypothesize, experiment, collect data and analyze forces and motion with a straw "rocket" and an easily made launcher. The stronger the force, the farther and higher the rocket flies!
Grade Range: K - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 35

Puppy Programming

Learn MoreLead the puppy to the tennis ball by giving exact directions, programming the puppy's path. This fun and easy activity reinforces programming techniques such as planning, sequencing, testing, debugging, and creating procedures and loops.
Grade Range: K - 8
Students Served: 2-4
Quantity Available: 32

Retractor Car

Learn MoreWith a little creativity, the potential energy stored in a common badge retractor can run a fun little vehicle. Take this idea and run with it!
Grade Range: 2 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 44

Rollback Can

Learn MoreA rolling can returns to its starting point on its own!? The Rollback Can provides an interesting example of energy transfer and storage.
Grade Range: 2 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 28

Roller Coaster Math

Learn MoreWhat does math have to do with thrilling roller coaster rides? How high does a coaster need to be to successfully navigate through a loop and on to the end of the track? How is the speed of the coaster related to the height of the coaster's starting position?
Grade Range: 6 - 12
Students Served: 2-4
Quantity Available: 31

Roller Racer

Learn MoreEnjoy the hands-on experience of building and using the Roller Racer, a modern variation of an old favorite. Explore the application of simple machines and energy conversion and investigate how changes in stored energy can affect performance.
Grade Range: 2 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 70

Sand Mosaic

Learn MoreDesign and create an original piece of art incorporates different materials and textures in this fun activity combining math and art.
Grade Range: PK - 2
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 33

Scalloped Circle String Art

Learn MoreUse colored string and simple cardboard shapes to create artistic designs based on intriguing mathematical patterns. Every pattern has infinite possibilities! String art is fun for all ages - to fix a mistake or try a new approach, just unwind the string!
Grade Range: K - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 25

Simple Motor

Learn MoreSkewer a coil of magnet wire to create a simple spinning motor! A spinning rotor needs an axle that is rigid with the ends in perfect alignment. Difficult to arrange with wire that is flexible enough to form a coil, but automatically provided by a toothpick! The motor converts electrical energy into kinetic energy - the energy of motion.
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 20

Simple Stethoscope

Learn MoreListening to the heart is a practical way to teach students about how the heart pumps blood through the circulatory system. The sounds of the beats provide information on heart valves, heart rate, and they reveal the relationship between circulation and respiration. This simple device allows students to appreciate the importance of the stethoscope in medicine and the study of human biology.
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 10

Simple Telescope

Learn MoreSee how convex and concave lenses can be combined to magnify far-away objects.
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 1
Quantity Available: 23

Solar Cone Cooker

Learn MoreExplore heating and "cooking" with sunlight using an easy to make mini solar collector. Use a pointer to align the cooker with the sun's position - then remove the pointer to let in the light.
Grade Range: 3 - 12
Students Served:
Quantity Available: 28

Solar Jitterbug

Learn MoreCreate and decorate a "critter" whose moves are powered by sunlight. To vary the critter's movements explore making changes to the swinging "proboscis".
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 1
Quantity Available: 62

Solar Jitterbug

Learn MoreCreate and decorate a "critter" whose moves are powered by sunlight. To vary the critter's movements explore making changes to the swinging "proboscis".
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 16

Spectrum Bracelet

Learn MoreStudents can quickly and easily construct this bracelet to help them remember both the visible and invisible components of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 99

Static Merry-go-round

Learn MoreThis unique adaptation of the world's first electric motor lets students create spinning motion using only hand-generated static electric charges.
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 18

Story Bubbles

Learn MoreStudents create bubbles using fun stickers. Students then create a story using the bubbles they made.
Grade Range: PK - 2
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 17

Strawberry DNA Illustrated

Learn MoreUse ordinary dish soap, salt, and isopropyl alcohol to extract DNA from strawberries. Just follow the illustrated guide. No special skills or equipment required.
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 12

Thinking Like a Real Survivor

Learn MoreStudents deconstruct an object by focusing on its attributes rather than its intended function, allowing them to see the object's potential for alternate use.
Grade Range: K - 10
Students Served: 4
Quantity Available: 30

Tic Tac Trouble

Learn MoreThis board game gives students practice in solving word problems using mental addition and subtraction.
Grade Range: 1 - 3
Students Served: 2
Quantity Available: 45

Tongue Depressor Harmonica

Learn MorePeople of all ages love the Kazoo-like sounds that come from this fun-to-make and easy-to-play instrument. The RAFT harmonica uses a rubber band vibrating between tongue depressors to make sound. Changing the length of the rubber band changes the sound. Start your own harmonica band today!
Grade Range: K - 8
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 100

Understanding Biodiversity

Learn MoreEverything that lives in an ecosystem, including humans, contributes to the biodiversity of the planet. Many species interact and depend upon one another for things like food, shelter, and oxygen. Students learn how to measure biodiversity in terms of species richness (the number of species living in a particular area) by sampling "species" in a simulated ecosystem and graphing and analyzing data.
Grade Range: 5 - 12
Students Served: 1-4
Quantity Available: 15

Water Beads

Learn MoreThese tiny beads can soak up and hold over 100 times their weight in water! Each bead maintains its spherical shape and color. Observe how the beads absorb water over time. Create a fun illusion using the optical properties of the beads.
Grade Range: 4 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 26

Water in the Balance

Learn MoreStudents create a simple "water balance" and use it to demonstrate the critical relationship between supply and demand for water.
Grade Range: 3 - 8
Students Served: 2-6
Quantity Available: 54

Whimsical Wind Vane

Learn MoreCreate a playful, easy to make wind vane which will point to the source of the wind!
Grade Range: 1 - 8
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 26

Wind at Work

Learn MoreUse this enhanced pinwheel to measure the mechanical energy that can be obtained from moving air. Make the pinwheel spin by holding the device while walking or by using the "wind" from a fan. Take data - including measuring how much time is required for the device to lift a set weight a fixed distance.
Grade Range: 3 - 12
Students Served: 10
Quantity Available: 40

Window Shopping

Learn MoreThis activity was inspired by the song "How Much Is That Doggy In The Window". This activity encourages students' understanding of the value of money.
Grade Range: PK - 2
Students Served: 2
Quantity Available: 39

Zippy Catapult

Learn MoreUse a bent spoon to store the energy needed to launch a pompom into the air. Explore different launch angles to vary the height reached and where the pompom lands.
Grade Range: 2 - 12
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Quantity Available: 25