Are Black Markers Really Black? A Chromatography Lesson.

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What color is black? Is it one color or many colors combined to "look black"? Black is the absence of all reflective colors, and when the three primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) are combined in just the right way, they give off the appearance of black. We set off to find out more about the predominant colors in our black Crayola marker, and to do this we had to … [Read more...]

5 Easy Steps to Invent a Recipe with Kids

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Do you like to cooking with kids or do you yearn to cook with your child? Today we're sharing five easy steps to invent a recipe with kids, which will get you into a creative cooking mindset. Think Master Chef + little kids = a fun afternoon. But you might wonder, "why would I want to invent a recipe when I can easily follow a recipe?" The answer is that inventing recipes … [Read more...]

Magical Plastic Bag Experiment

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Here's a fun experiment that won't take a lot of time, and it's more than likely that you have all the "ingredients" around the house. I did this with my three and a half year old, and it would be relevant for preschoolers and elementary-age children. The idea that we're testing here is what will happen if we poke a sharp pencil through a plastic bag of water. Will the water … [Read more...]

Symmetrical Butterfly Prints

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When my 1 year old naps, my three and a half year old non-napper and I like to pull out some of our favorite messy materials that don't normally surface when baby hot-hands is awake. The other day N wanted to paint, and we ended up making butterfly rorschach paintings. BTW, every time I have to spell that word -- rorschach -- it stumps me! Anyone else? We called these butterfly … [Read more...]

Growing Gummy Bear Experiment

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Do you know about the growing gummy bear experiment? It takes very little room, isn't messy, and kids love it! Here's how we landed on this experiment... My kids and I stopped at the drug store for baby wipes, and my 3.5 year old bombarded me with five minutes of excitement that sounded like this, "Mom, stop! You have to see this. Mom, can you get me this light up … [Read more...]

Science Experiment: The Floating Egg

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As I hovered the egg over a jar of water, I asked my 3.5 year old, "Will it sink or float?"and it reminded me of Dave Letterman's funny sketch, "Will it Float?" Have you seen it? This science experiment is really easy to set up + clean up, and the lesson learned on the density of water actually stuck with my 3-year old daughter long after the experiment was over. Fun and … [Read more...]

Microwave Marshmallow Experiment

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Have you heard of the microwave marshmallow experiment? It's really simple and a fun way to explore how the volume of gas expands a marshmallow as it heats up. My kids also enjoy this experiment because it mixes science (+ fun) with a sugary treat. Microwave Marshmallow Experiment Supplies 4 (or more) Marshmallows Paper Towel or Microwave-safe … [Read more...]

Six Tools for Building a Child’s Confidence

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“As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around.” - Oprah Winfrey One of my close friends recently asked me what I hope my children will take with them into adulthood, and it sort of stumped me. I think about things like this all the time, but the hard part was consolidating it into an … [Read more...]

Organic Shape Monsters for Halloween

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When I saw this idea over at We Heart Art, I loved it for its open-ended qualities and simplicity. Joanna did this project with Kindergarteners, but it was adaptable to my 3-year old and could easily scale up for older children. Plus, the monster theme played out so nicely with Halloween right around the corner. Grrrrr.... And, are you ready to hear how easy this is? All you … [Read more...]