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Skittles Rainbow Science Experiment Fail

Easy and Fun Rainbow Science Experiments

A rainbow is made of the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Where did the rainbow come from? All the colors exist in sunlight. We can’t see them because they are mixed together.

When sunlight moves from the air to the water in the glass, it bends in a special way. When it bends, the light separates into all the colors of the rainbow. It’s called refraction. From How To Make a Rainbow video

We tried this on our own but with much poorer results.

Skittles Rainbow Science Experiment Fail

Our hypothesis: our plate was too large. Try again with smaller plate so the colors have less area to run together.

This is another fun rainbow experiment to try.

Rainbow Books for Kids

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

The flowers in a garden represent the colors of the rainbow in this beautifully illustrated picture book. Can you find the hidden heart shape that Lois Ehlert hides in all her books? [picture book, ages 2 and up]

The Magic School Bus Makes A Rainbow: A Book About Color by Joanna Cole, illusgtrated by  Carolyn Braken and Bruce Degen

Ms. Frizzle and her class ride into a whitelight pinball machine to learn about color and light. [picture book, ages 4 and up]

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DIY Bee House STEM Project for Kids

DIY Bee House STEM Project for Kids

DIY Bee House STEM Project for Kids

This STEM project is to help the bees. Offering native bees a home to build their nests is a good way to share our spades and support them in their hard work of pollinating our gardens. Native bees, if they decide to take up residence in your bee house, are docile and make good neighbors because they are unlikely to sting.DIY Bee House STEM Project for Kids

Thank you to Monsanto for sending us this DIY Bee House kit! Learn about bees with Val from Monsanto. She also goes over how to make the bee house. We made our own bee house, and our video is at the bottom.

Build Your Own Bee House from Monsanto STEM Education Outreach on Vimeo. Read more…

Phonics Museum App

Phonics Museum App

Phonics Museum App

Phonics Museum App is an interactive phonics app for kids to learn to read. It’s like a personalized educational TV show that takes kids on an adventure in an art museum.

What’s really fun about the app is that it combines animated characters in some segments with the character, Miss Biddle, also appearing as a real person.

The app first starts with animated characters including the person playing who gets to choose an avatar. Starting in the lobby of an art museum, a magical suit of arms called Percival tells the player how this adventure works.

Phonics Museum App

By going through the different rooms of the museum and playing games, singing songs, and tracing letters on the screen, the player earns points. Read more…

My Book of Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

#BeautifulOops! Prize Pack GIVEAWAY

I’m thrilled to be doing a giveaway with Workman Publishing on an arty interactive board book journal to inspire young artists. Please fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter.

My Book of Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

A Scribble it, Smear it, Fold it, Tear it Journal for Young Artists

My Book of Beautiful Oops! is a hands-on journal that’s designed to help young hands and minds turn an “oops” into art. The friendly green alligator-familiar to readers of Beautiful Oops!-prompts the reader to imagine the possibilities of a bent page. Decorate a smudge. Play with splats and spills. Even complete a poem that was accidentally ripped in half. [interactive board book, ages 3 and up]

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Zap Zap Kindergarten Math app for learning numeracy and number recognition

Kindergarten Math Summer Learning Fun

I’m thrilled to partner with Zap Zap to announce their new Zap Zap Kindergarten Math app!Zap Zap Kindergarten Math app

It’s no secret that kids love playing games on their screens, and they will practice math facts if it’s presented in the form of a puzzle or game.

Zap Zap Kindergarten Math app for learning numeracy and number recognition Read more…

My son's Korean and Japanese Sword Making

Korean and Japanese Sword Making

My son has always loved making weapons from bows and arrows made from sticks, to wooden swords that he carves and decorates himself.

He made this Samurai armor and sword upcycling sketch book covers and cardboard boxes. Duct tape was also involved. It always is involved in his projects.

Korean and Japanese Sword Making

In earlier days, he made swords using aluminum foil and duct tape for a Percy Jackson book club with his friends. Now, he needs a run to Home Depot to buy wood without a curve in it, drawing out his designs that his father cuts out for him. Read more…

Special Needs Books for Kids ages 4-16

Special Needs Books for Kids ages 4-16

Please welcome my guest author today, Sandra Woffington, with a special needs book list. Her book, Evil Speaks: Warriors and Watchers Saga #1,  is a middle grade novel that follows teens with disabilities on an epic, mythological adventure. Sandra is a middle school teacher who is passionate about teaching her students not to just tolerate those with differences – but include them.

Evil Speaks not only takes young readers on an epic mythological journey, it helps to break down stereotypes and encourage inclusion of people from all walks of life.

Evil Speaks follows the journey of this unique crew, along with Benny, a lonely fifteen-year-old whose paranoid mother has moved him from town to town after the disappearance of his father at age three. Benny has had enough. After a particularly bad argument, he decides to run away. Just as he packs his bags—boom!—the house explodes, catapulting Benny into a world he never imagined existed. The trail leads him to a gated neoclassic building in the woods where he meets this unlikely band of heroes, all who seem vaguely familiar to Benny. As unique and different as they all are, they share one common thread: each of them lost a parent on the exact same day. As they set out to uncover the mystery, the only clue they have to follow is the whereabouts of Benny’s grandfather, a strange—and dangerous—man. They must quickly learn to become warriors before the seven gates of evil are opened forever. [chapter book with special need blind, deaf, and paraplegic, for ages 8 and up]

p.s. See a longer Special Needs Reading List here. Read more…

Kid Vid Fest

Summer Stop Motion Contest for Kids!

Kid Vid Fest

Do your kids like to make stop motion movies? My son uses Flipagram as an easy way to do Lego stop motion animation.

Stop Motion movie Contest for Kids Read more…

Homemade bath bombs and the science behind the fizz

DIY Lush Bath Bombs and the Science Behind the Fizz

My 12-year-old son has had a headache for the past two months. Fast forward five doctor appointments later, and we now think he has a concussion. He found baths soothing and he likes the Lush bath bombs that his sisters gave him for Christmas. They’re pretty expensive at $7 each, so we decided to make them ourselves.
DIY Lush Bath Bombs and the Science Behind the Fizz

An interesting Teachable Moment is the science of bath bombs. My son noticed that when he’s in the bath as the bath bomb gets crazy fizzy, that he feels a cold sensation coming off from the bomb. What is that? I think it’s the carbon dioxide gas that is generated from the chemical reaction. Read more…