Cornstarch Quicksand Science

Cornstarch Quicksand Science

There is something satisfying about sticky, gooey quicksand. This cornstarch quicksand version is even more fun with the addition of real sand to the mix. The gritty, yet slippery texture will appeal to kids who like getting messy when they learn. Making quicksand is...
Outdoor Sun Prints: Summer Science for Kids

Outdoor Sun Prints: Summer Science for Kids

If your kids balk at the idea of putting sunscreen on AGAIN, it might be time for a little sun prints science. In this experiment, children will see how UV rays break down the chemicals that make up colors and reveal the hidden shapes below. This project is best when...
Great Books To Read With Your Kids in August

Great Books To Read With Your Kids in August

Oh summer! How I love you. Warm weather, swimming pools, BBQs, juicy slices of watermelons, and of course, we cannot forget our beloved list of summer books to devour. These great books to read with your kids in August resemble the last bits of summer, as fall is just...
Great Books to Read with Your Kids in September

Great Books to Read with Your Kids in September

September brings back to school, or homeschool routines, the beginning of harvest, and some other fun days. I’m sure you would love to incorporate into reading time. One of my favorite days this month is September 6th. Go ahead and take a guess, but you only get...
Minecraft Challenge Calendar | Free August Download

Minecraft Challenge Calendar | Free August Download

Are you ready to start school? Need something for your kiddos to look forward to at the end of a long day of classes, co-ops, or homeschooling? Use this free Minecraft Challenge Calendar as a carrot to dangle in front of your techy kids to get them through the tough...
Kindergarten Math Practice with the Zap Zap Math App

Kindergarten Math Practice with the Zap Zap Math App

Last month we had the chance to test out the new Zap Zap Math app while we tackled 13 states in 18 days along Route 66 and back. It was a great educational app option, and a good break from the bickering that can happen while traveling 5300 miles with four kids in a...
Cleaning Pennies Science Experiment for Kids

Cleaning Pennies Science Experiment for Kids

Have you ever wondered why some pennies are shiny and some are dull? It’s not just dependent on how old the pennies are. Chemical reactions are responsible for the change in a penny’s appearance over time. Kids will love trying their hand at the classic...
Awesome July 4th Sales at Sears

Awesome July 4th Sales at Sears

Are you recovering from the weekend holiday parties and settling back into the week? I had a fun day today taking a couple of adorable tweens shopping at our local Sears store to check out the amazing sales they have going on this week.  In celebration of the July 4th...
Crystal Geodes Science Experiment

Crystal Geodes Science Experiment

Most kids love creating their own crystals. Just like real geodes, these crystals are formed inside plastic Easter eggs through ionic bonding. This particular crystal geodes science experiment uses monoammonium phosphate powder, but other ingredients can be used to...
Nature Themed Games Your Kids Will Love

Nature Themed Games Your Kids Will Love

Learning about nature is fun. Especially when you can get outside and be hands on with everything the great outdoors has to offer. But did you know there is another way to get kids involved with nature? Make learning fun with these nature themed games that bring...
STEM Learning for Tech-Loving Kiddos | Osmo Genuis Kit

STEM Learning for Tech-Loving Kiddos | Osmo Genuis Kit

“Mom! May I play on the iPad?” I hear some iteration of this question all day from different children each time. The kids share an iPad Mini and love it. Frankly, I do too. I just wish we had a couple more so we could spread the love when I need a few...
Roofing a Backyard Toy and Bike Shed

Roofing a Backyard Toy and Bike Shed

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RoofedItMyself #CollectiveBias #ad Have you ever had a DIY project take on a life of its own and totally run away on you? Yeah. Me too. Well, I should say that my...
Does the Color of Water Affect Its Temperature?

Does the Color of Water Affect Its Temperature?

Does the color of water affect its temperature? This simple science experiment is a fun way to learn a little more about the light spectrum. We experience light every day but we don’t often think about why we see certain colors or how these colors might affect...
Great Books to Read With Your Kids in July

Great Books to Read With Your Kids in July

We are in the middle of summer, folks! Let’s work together to keep our kids’ bodies moving and their minds busy with this list of great books to read with your kids in July.   I’ve included a mix of travel themed books, history books, silly books,...
A Week of Epic Backyard Nature Science Fun | Summer Camp at Home

A Week of Epic Backyard Nature Science Fun | Summer Camp at Home

Whether you’re a year-round homeschooling family like us, follow a traditional school year calendar at home, lean a bit unschooly, or have kids who go to brick and mortar schools, summer days and nights can seem long and lazy. This summer you can join in for 12...
Minecraft Challenge Calendar | Free July Download

Minecraft Challenge Calendar | Free July Download

Summer is in full force. Are you and your kiddos enjoying lots and lots of time outside? I know that, if your kids are like mine, they’ll play outside but also need some decompression time. This month’s free Minecraft Challenge Calendar is the perfect...
An Online Program for Your 2e Struggling Reader

An Online Program for Your 2e Struggling Reader

“I’ll never get this! Forget it… I will never, ever be able to read as good as my brothers and sister can!” My seven year old burst into tears — again — and hid out in her calm down area to get away from the terrible, horrible,...
Bending a Pencil Science: A Lesson in Light Refraction

Bending a Pencil Science: A Lesson in Light Refraction

Light is a fascinating subject. Many scientists spend their entire career studying light and how it works. Light refraction is a complicated scientific concept, but the bending a pencil science activity makes it a little easier for kids to understand this concept....
Books for Insect Lovers

Books for Insect Lovers

Do your kids love bugs? If so, then you need to get your hands on these books for insect lovers. Believe it or not, these slippery, crawling, and inching bugs give kids the opportunity to learn through digging in the dirt and overturning rocks. It gives them a way to...
Overexcitabilities and Why They Matter for Gifted Kids

Overexcitabilities and Why They Matter for Gifted Kids

The mornings we need to be out of the house at a certain time look something like this – a child is complaining about the seams in his socks, while another is having an animated sing along with her stuffed animals, completely oblivious to the fact that she has her...
String Telephone Explanation: How Sound Waves Travel

String Telephone Explanation: How Sound Waves Travel

Learn all about sound in this super-fun science twist on the classic tin can telephone activity. This version is even more kid-friendly because it uses Styrofoam cups. After making your string telephone, read the string telephone explanation with your kids to discover...
Amazing Science Games Your Kids Will Love

Amazing Science Games Your Kids Will Love

Every child is a natural scientist. Our job is to foster that and keep their wonder alive. We can encourage that wonder with with some amazing science games. Everyone likes gameschooling, right? Add a little science into the mix and we have a great combination of fun,...
Sand Filter Science Experiment

Sand Filter Science Experiment

We had such fun making our sediment jar, we had to continue our outdoor, water-themed science. This time, we decided to try making a sand filter. The sand filter science experiment shows kids how particle filters work, how water naturally settles and cleans itself,...
Learning Math on the Road with Zap Zap Math

Learning Math on the Road with Zap Zap Math

“Mom! He’s on MY side of the van!” “She’s looking at me…” It’s road trip time for the Kessler family and we’re gearing up — not only with the packing and snacks and hotels and all the other little details...
Delight Directed Homeschooling and Your Gifted Child

Delight Directed Homeschooling and Your Gifted Child

I love sharing stories of other parents parenting and homeschooling gifted kids. This is Heather’s… Billy is gifted. He is 5 and knows how to add, subtract and is really learning how to read and write well (when he feels like it). He loves technology (he...