Make Your Own Rock Candy

October 16th, 2017

*Please note parental participation is required for this experiment due to working with scalding liquids. Can a single science experiment be alliterative, fun and yummy all at the same time? When it comes to making your own rock candy, the answer is absolutely! Involving words like “solutes,” “solvents,” “sedimentation,” “solutions” and “supersaturated,” talking about making rock candy obviously fits the bill for being alliterative. It also requires the involvement of both adults and children, so making rock candy is a...

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Disappearing Messages!

August 15th, 2017

It’s almost a rite of passage. At some time in every childhood, you absolutely must experiment with disappearing ink. Many a secret message has been written and delivered using this time-honored method of communication. What kids who write these notes may not realize is they’re also participating in a scientific experiment. It’s true — whether your children are pretending to be a secret agent or a spy, they are actually becoming a part of the scientific process, benefitting from something...

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Understanding Melting Points

July 11th, 2017

  How do you explain the states of matter to a child? It’s a difficult concept to master. Even some adults have trouble wrapping their heads around how something can go from solid to liquid to gas with just a few small tweaks in temperature or location. The best way to teach kids is to have fun, and a science experiment that demonstrates melting points while also incorporating ice — fun! — and food coloring — super fun! — can...

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Guide to Choosing a Fun Summer Camp for Your Child

June 8th, 2017

For children, summer is a fun time full of long, lazy days without school or homework. But for parents, it’s often a challenge to keep their children engaged and entertained. No matter the child, within a few weeks, most everyone utters the dreaded words, “I’m bored.” Summer camp programs are a fun and educational way for your child to spend their summer days. Camps can help your child gain new skills while strengthening the ones they’ve already learned. With many...

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Moving From STEM to STEAM

May 2nd, 2017

Infographic source: http://musicedmasters.kent.edu/stem-to-steam/ You are no doubt familiar with the acronym STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM has become a major focus for educators and analysts, who see jobs in this sector booming over the next few years. Employers clamor for students with degrees in these areas, coinciding with a big increase in the percentage of jobs that require a postsecondary degree in the United States. But while there’s no doubting the importance of STEM to our...

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15 Fun Science Books for Kids

April 11th, 2017

  Whether you’re introducing your child to science for the first time or hoping to give them a renewed interest in the subject, books play an essential role. If the science books you choose don’t hold their attention, they won’t be interested. If you choose fun science books, there’s a good chance they’ll become curious and anxious to learn more. What makes a science book fun? We’ve picked 15 of our favorites in the list below. It’s important to remember...

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Science Shows Kids Love (to Learn From)

March 14th, 2017

Everyone knows the popular series “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which has introduced many a young person to the wonders of science. But as great as Nye is, there are a world of other worthy science-themed television shows that parents and teachers can use to spark their children’s interest and imagination. Here are nine science TV programs kids will love, organized by the age of the kids they’re aimed at. Best TV Shows for Preschool Kids 1. “Sid the Science...

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Make Your Own Ecosystem

February 22nd, 2017

Your child may not know what an ecosystem is, but every day they are surrounded by one. An ecosystem encompasses all the living things in a designated area. That means animals, plants and any other organism, and it also includes the environment they live in. That may mean sun, dirt, weather and so on. A sustainable ecosystem uses its resources wisely and can continue in perpetuity, replacing rather than wearing out natural resources such as soil and water. The cool...

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Make Your Own Slime

January 26th, 2017

*Always remember to wear protective goggles and have parental supervision when conducting experiments at home! It’s a not-so-scientific fact — kids love messes. The sticker and gooier those messes are, the happier your kids will be. That’s why every day camp from the beginning of time has done the “liquid starch glue” craft, in which kids combine white glue and liquid starch to make a runny, gummy pile of goop that fascinates kids for hours. But liquid starch glue isn’t...

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Choosing After School Clubs for Your Kids

January 9th, 2017

While after school clubs may seem like something solely for kids in middle school and older, the reality is that so many of the subjects and skills taught in elementary school can be enhanced by an after school club. In addition to that, kids are getting less and less time to play — an after school club can also take the form of playing a sport. Kids want meaningful lives. Studies show that even eight-year-olds are happier if they feel...

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