Mardi Gras means partying, parades, king cake and of course beads. Lots of beads. And if you have kids the beads are probably their favorite part. Instead of tossing them after the kids have lost interest, try this simple (and
This is the third in a series of posts featuring science activities for your Elf on the Shelf. You can see the whole series here. Part of the fun in creating Elf on the Shelf shenanigans is bringing in your kid’s
This is the second in a series of posts featuring science activities for your Elf on the Shelf. You can see the whole series here. It is only the beginning of the season and I’m already forgetting to move our
This is the first in a series of posts featuring science activities for your Elf on the Shelf. You can see the whole series here. The Elf on the Shelf goes way back in my family. My Mom had an elf when
Spring has sprung and with Easter upon us the time is perfect for some eggs-periments! This year why not try some fruit and vegetable dyes? You can get some really vibrant and surprising colors from a few items at the
This post is part of a series of static electricity activities. Check out the whole series! For a brief discussion of static electricity basics, check out the first post. Christmas is over and soon the tree and all the rest will
At my house Valentine’s Day means chocolate, the queen of all candy. But have you ever opened a chocolate bar and found something that looks like this? This whitish pattern on the surface of chocolate is called a bloom. Blooms
Poinsettias are beautiful holiday plants. But when the holidays are over, what can you do with them? It turns out that poinsettia leaves, much like red cabbage leaves, make an excellent pH indicator!
First of all, what is pH? The term “pH” stands for “power of Hydrogen” and is a measure of how many Hydorgen ions are in a liquid or solution. Bases have a lot of hydrogen ions and acids have very few. The scale runs form 1 (extremely acidic) to 14 (extremely basic) with water in the middle at 7 or neutral….
It’s my birthday too! Or so say the Beatles. Did you know that not all birth dates are created equal? According to the folks here and here some birthdays are more popular than others. From 1973 to 199 the most
Have you ever spent hours carving the most intricate pumpkin design only to watch is collapse in a moldy mess after a few days. There are a few tricks that professional pumpkin carvers use to help their pumpkins last longer