• The Ten Best Living Books About Nature - beautiful and inspiring science books about nature
    book lists,  elementary,  nature study,  picture books,  science

    The Ten Best Living Books About Nature

    I’ve admitted time and time again that science is not my strongest subject. BUT over the last two years I have really started to enjoy nature study, I can’t identify a single tree to save my life but I am learning lots (apparently just not about trees). While I grew up on a farm with lots of space to explore I usually preferred to be indoors reading books and that is still my natural tendency. While we do venture out for nature walks on a regular basis we do a lot more reading about nature, especially as the temperatures start to get colder. It may only be September but I…

  • Makey Makey STEM Kit - using it to time how fast your Hot Wheels Cars can go!
    science,  STEM

    Makey Makey Kit – Using it to Time How Fast Hot Wheels Cars Can Go!

    It’s time for another STEM post! This one is super fun, it’s using the Makey Makey kit! Because our library system is amazing we got to take the kit out from there, it was a good way to give it a test and see if we want to buy it (we do). Jared played around with the Makey Makey a bit with the kids and is here to share one of the projects they made with it.     OTHER POSTS YOU MAY ENJOY: Free STEM Lego Challenge Cards How the Library Saved Us $23,000 in One Year Making Oobleck – A STEM Experiment     The Makey Makey kit…

  • The best STEM books for kids, including picture books and non-fiction STEM books. A great way to get kids excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math!
    book lists,  picture books,  science,  STEM

    21 of the Best STEM Books for Kids

    I’m continuing the STEM theme from the last few weeks with 21 of the best STEM books for kids. There are a number of the typical picture books on this list and then some great non-fiction books as well. I’m also hoping to share some of our favorite (non-book) STEM related resources soon too, so keep an eye out for that! (And if you have any favorite STEM resources, book or non-book, I would love for you to leave me a comment at the bottom of the post so we can check them out.)     OTHER POSTS YOU MAY ENJOY: The Best Picture Books About Girls and Science Making…

  • Here's an easy STEM experiment to try with kids: Making Oobleck, just like in the Dr. Seuss book!
    science,  STEM

    Making Oobleck, a non-Newtonian Fluid: Easy STEM Experiment

    Jared is back today with a super fun and simple science experiment to try with your kids! This one was so interesting, how can something be solid when it movement but liquid at rest? I don’t even really understand it, but it was really neat to play with! (Maybe that’s why he’s the one doing the experiments with the kids ๐Ÿ˜‰ )   OTHER POSTS YOU MAY ENJOY: STEM Exploding Bags Experiment The Best Picture Books about Girls and Science Eight Picture Books For Little Builders and Engineers       I first heard about non-Newtonian fluids on an old episode of MythBusters. Anyone remember that show? I used to…

  • Here's a fun and simple experiment for kids! A leak proof bag with pencils stuck in it?!
    science,  STEM

    The Amazing Leakproof Bag – A Fun Experiment

    This is the fourth week in a row of my husband, Jared, sharing a STEM related post on here! I know my kids are excited to have him doing all sorts of experiments with them and I’m glad he is filling in some of the hole in our science that are not as high on my priority list. Today’s experiment is super simple and fun for the kids to do!     What happens when you fill a plastic bag full of water and then poke holes in it?ย  Not what you might expect actually! This is a super easy experiment that even young kids can do, is incredibly easy…

  • Exploding bags experiment - an easy STEM experiment to do with kids with very few supplies!
    science,  STEM

    Fun & Educational Easy Exploding Bags Experiment

    Jared is back for the third week in a row with another STEM post, today is a fun one, he’s got a super simple science experiment using just a few ingredients, all of which you probably have in your home right now. Personally, I love these kinds of experiments but am not good with the follow through so I am thankful to have a spouse who is! Both Raeca and Ephraim often say they want to be scientists when they grow up so it is fun to watch them explore different areas of science. Do you have some easy experiments you like to do in your home?      …