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Glitter isn’t a supply I use often for my own crafts because it is so messy, and I definitely don’t get it out for crafting with my son! But I wanted to do a glitter type activity with him, and had an aha moment. What if I could dye salt to make a sort of […]

We’ve recently been introduced to the fun inventive electronic kits by littleBits, a Make and Takes sponsor. Their kits come with small electronic pieces that fit together magnetically, making it super simple to build mini machines. Or even big machines. If you use their parts, add in some things from around the house like recycled […]

My girls love cooking and doing experiments, so food science experiments are like the best of both worlds for them. It’s amazing how many different experiments you can do with a few simple pantry items and foods from the fridge. I asked my girls to help me round-up some of our favorite kitchen science experiments […]

Have I told you how much I love my contributors?! They are the best, some of the most talented writers, bloggers, women in the biz. I’m blessed to have them on my team sharing fabulous content with us all. I’m highlighting some of their posts today, some of their best from 2012. Go to them […]

Lemon Juice Mystery Messages

by Marie on September 24, 2012

We’ve already begun our haunting Halloween fun with these Lemon Juice Mystery Messages. I’ve joined up with Q-tips again as a Tipster ambassador and sharing some super spooky science with you. These lemon juice mystery messages are too much fun. Watch our video as we created lots of Halloween shapes and messages with lemon juice! Supplies for Lemon Juice […]

Here’s a fun “craftivity” to try with your kids – paper animals that climb. These climbing critters are a craft your kids can play with, and you can even include some science talk too! Supplies for Climbing Critters: yarn or string (~3 ft. piece for each) plastic drinking straw, cut into 1″ pieces tape pennies […]

We just discovered Geocaching! How have I missed the fun of this search and find sport? This week I decided to look it up and find out what it was all about as my kids are the perfect age for this type of hunt. First, you’ll need to head over to and sign up […]

We’re getting out our rusty trusty science journal as we make another science observation with today’s activity. Previously, we’ve investigated a tree seed, Observed what happens to snow when we bring it inside, and explored edible science with making butter. For our next scientific observation, I’ve recently guest posted over at Skip to My Lou for […]

We made a fun volcano out of homemade playdough, a bottle, and some red hot lava. Okay, it may not have been hot lava, but those towns people didn’t know what hit’em! They were soaked in colored baking soda and vinegar, it might as well have been hot lava! Supplies for Homemade Playdough Volcano: playdough […]

Wiggling Like a Worm

by Marie on May 31, 2010

It’s time to move like a worm in this wiggly activity by Dresses and Messes. She’s got all kinds of fun worm activities, helping us learn about these slimy creatures.

My son is starting to ask all kinds of questions about the world around us. He recently brought home this spikey looking nut from the school playground, asking what it was and wondering what might be inside. So we started a Science Observation Journal, a place where we could collect and record all kinds of […]

Hatching Butterflies

by Marie on June 6, 2008

We had fun watching our Caterpillars grow, form their chrysalids, and hatch into beautiful butterflies. The Painted Lady’s were amazing. We cut them fresh flowers and put drops of sugar water on them to drink. Once we let them free, my daughter wanted to get a net and catch them all back, but it was […]

Food Coloring Flowers

by Marie on May 22, 2008

Whenever we had white flowers in the house growing up, I’d give them the food coloring treatment. It’s always fascinating to see how this process works with the flowers. I’ve found the Carnation flower works best for this cool science project. I bought a $4 bunch of white carnations at the local Walmart. Then we […]

We received our order of Live Caterpillars. We got them from the company called Insect Lore. I wrote about Live Butterfly Gardens earlier. We can’t wait to see what they do. Here they are the day we got them. Here they are 4 days later. Here they are 8 days later. It’s creepy how fast […]

Blowing Bubbles

by Marie on April 4, 2008

When it’s warm out, but still too cold for water balloons and kiddie pools, what are we going to do? Blow Bubbles. My kids can blow bubbles for hours out on the front steps. I sit back in my chair and watch the circular shapes float and pop in the air. Here are a few […]

Grass really does grow like a weed. After about 4-5 days, the Easter Grass we planted almost 2 weeks ago was coming up fast. We watched it everyday, watering it and giving it some love. We’ve really enjoyed the egg carton baskets, but my favorite is the glass jar above. You can see all the […]

To get ready for Easter, we’re recycling egg cartons into fun little baskets. Grass seed grows pretty fast, but I am starting 3 weeks early, in hopes to enjoy it a little before Easter is over. Supplies for Growing Easter Grass: egg carton cups or mason jar paper strips – 1/4 inch wide 7-8 inches […]

Painting Toast

by Marie on March 3, 2008

This is a really fun project I learned from one of my college Elementary Education classes. It also makes for a great snack too. Painted Toast! Supplies: Bread – this works best if you have white bread, the colors show up brighter. Bowls and Brushes – you need a bowl and brush for each color. […]

Cornstarch Packing Pals

by Marie on January 21, 2008

What is this cornstarch stuff, you ask? They are biodegradable packing peanuts made out of cornstarch, great for the environment. My kids just went to our local library and did a fun project there that used these cornstarch packing peanuts to make fun animal pets. First, you dip the cornstarch peanut onto a sponge that […]

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