Vegetable-Dyed Easter Eggs

Dye for Easter Eggs

Have you ever thought about making vegetable dyed Easter eggs? I'm trying to make a move away from synthetic food dyes and wanted to use natural, homemade dyes this year. Not only are these colors absolutely healthy for human consumption, but the process of making them is a wonderful lesson in creating art materials from scratch and can help children think critically … [Read more...]

Easy String Art Experiments for Kids

Easy String Art Painting with Kids

"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through." -- Jackson Pollack, American Painter String Art Creating string art is a fun mix of art, creative thinking, and experimentation all rolled into one open-ended package. If you've been following this blog for a while you'll know that when it comes to children's projects, my focus lies on the experience of … [Read more...]

Marbled Paper Suminagashi

suminagashi prints

Are you looking for a last-minute hands-on gift, or maybe an idea to bookmark for a cold winter day? I've been saving this Suminagashi kit for a quiet morning and it was a true winner with both my 2-year old and 4-year old. The process of marbleizing paper encourages creative thinking, open-ended exploration with ink and water, and experimentation. But first, maybe … [Read more...]

Baked Pumpkin Seeds

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS

While it still feels like summer here in California, pumpkins are showing up at our markets and the feeling of Autumn is in the air. How do you cook pumpkin seeds My older daughter asked about getting a pumpkin, so we picked up a small pie pumpkin the other day and then promptly turned it into an afternoon of hacking the pumpkin, digging out the seeds, and then roasting them … [Read more...]

Celery Science Experiment

distinct color

While I'm an art educator by trade, having small people pulling at my pants has turned me into a mini-alchemist who's suddenly found herself reading books to her kids about Galileo (The Magic Schoolbus and the Science Fair Expedition) and brewing all sorts of concoctions in our kitchen (vinegar and baking soda, anyone?). The celery science experiment is easy to achieve with … [Read more...]

Diet Coke Mentos Experiment

diet coke and mentos explosion

My 4-year old and our neighbor enjoyed witnessing this explosive soda and Minty Mentos experiment. Have you tried it? It doen't require a huge set-up, and the show is pretty awesome. I have to warn you that the explosion itself goes by quickly, so you might want to have an arsenal of soda containers on hand so you can conduct multiple experiments. Ingredients for Diet Coke … [Read more...]

Crushed Flower Experiment

Crushed Flower Experiment

Now that summer is coming to an end (sniff -- I'm kind of in denial -- you?), it's a good time to harvest some of your last blooms for some flower-painting experiments. We took a walk around the neighborhood and picked some weeds from wild roadside gardens, and also selected a handful of flowers and leaves from our own yard. Materials For this project you'll need: … [Read more...]

Invisible Ink: A Citrus Painting Experiment

invisible ink citrus lemon lime kids

It's summer and we've been doing a lot of citrus juicing in our home. Between my 4-year old expert juice squeezer and my almost 2-year old juice taster,  our simple and inexpensive juicer has been hard at work. While little Rainbow napped, Nutmeg and I gathered materials and set up the project. We talked about how we'd have to reveal the ink (lime juice) with the high heat … [Read more...]

Egg Geodes Experiment

clean membranes from eggs

Today we're experimenting with egg geodes. This experiment is set up to engage children in the steps of the scientific method, which could easily make this a fun and successful science fair project. Not only is the process of making these beautiful geodes engaging for kids, but the end-result has a huge wow-factor. Give yourself at least two-three days to achieve the greatest … [Read more...]