Exploring Nature with a Camera

The natural world is something that interests our entire family, so this year we are devoting more time to nature study. At first, nature study can seem a bit overwhelming. As adults, we feel the need to know everything as we set out. We often worry about being able to answer all of the many […]

Bubble Science

Every kid has a fascination with bubbles.  There’s just something enticing about them.  We recently spent an afternoon playing with a bottle of bubbles, which led to lots of discovery about the science behind bubbles.  Here’s a few of the fun concepts we learned as we explored bubbles.    Does wand shape effect the bubble? […]

How to Create a Wildlife-Friendly Backyard

Kids love to look at and examine animals. But we don’t always have a backyard that encourages animals to come to us. So, how can you promote animals in your backyard?  First you have to know what kind of animals you are wanting to attract. Are you wanting a variety of birds? What about insects? […]

Insect Lab Nature Investigation

Spring brings flowers, warm air, green grass . . . and insects. Many, many insects! Due to mild weather and their natural instinct to hunt for food after winter hibernation, insects are abundant in the spring. Many spring insects are young; they have recently hatched out of an egg case or matured from pupae to […]

5 Simple Experiments with Water

April is known for it’s rain showers.  What better time to try some simple science experiments with water!  Today, I’m sharing with you 5 simple experiments that need only a few items and take just a few seconds to set up, yet are fun and explore different properties of water.  1.  Bending pencil experiment  Materials […]

Learning In An Instant- Temperature

This week’s Learning in an Instant encourages you to get outside with your kids to learn about thermometers and the temperatures of your area in winter.  You can begin by briefly introducing the thermometer and explaining or reviewing the words temperature, thermometer, degrees, Fahrenheit, and Celsius. Show your kids how to read a thermometer and […]

Simple Science- Ice Experiment

Do your kids love science? Even the simplest of experiments can be exciting activities of discovery and this ice experiment falls into that category. It’s very simple to put together, but also a lot of fun for kids to explore.  Ice Experiment: Which added material (variable) will melt ice the fastest? What You’ll Need: Ice […]

DIY: Simple Homemade Butter

Has your child ever asked you a question that you weren’t quite sure how to answer? This happens quite frequently in our home, so I wasn’t surprised when Colin said me last week, “Mommy, I know that butter is dairy and dairy comes from cows. But how does the milk become butter?” I replied, “I’m […]