Halloween is my favorite time of year and it’s a great time for science! From sticky slime to shrunken heads, it’s a fantastic time to get messy and experiment with the world around you! One of our favorite science experiments is the Naked Egg experiment. This is one of the first chemistry experiments we ever did, and we love it! The result can be a bit messy, but it’s a lot of fun! When I had my niece over for Fall break, we tried it again. Only this time, we gave it a bit of a Halloween twist…Read More →

One of our favorite biology labs to do is the DNA Extraction Lab. We’ve been doing this activity since my daughter was 4 years old, and it is a fantastic and fun way to get a closer look at the tiny world inside of us! DNA exists inside of every single cell in our bodies, as well as every living cellular organism (that we know of) on Earth. You can think of DNA as the “code” that lets our cells know what job they have, and what category of tissues they belong to. Some cells are coded to be a part of our eyes, whileRead More →

My daughter loves to read. Ever since she entered the world of chapter books and young novels, her voracious appetite for reading has been nearly unstoppable! Favorite books have been read and reread dozens of times, and I’m always looking for something new to sate her interests. It came to my attention that one of our favorite TV Scientists, Science Bob had written a kids novel with Steve Hockensmith called “Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab!”. It’s about two kids named Nick and Tesla who get involved in some pretty crazy adventures, and they use the power of science to navigate through them! We absolutely adoreRead More →

On the eleventh day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me…A column of Christmas density! Some of our favorite science experiments have to do with the exploration of density. Density is a measurement of how many molecules are in a substance and how closely they are packed together. Substances built with tightly packed molecules are more dense than things built with molecules that are spread farther apart. A fun way of thinking about this is by looking at the planet Saturn. Even though Saturn is WAY bigger than Earth, the molecules that make up its gaseous nature are less dense than the molecules thatRead More →

On the Ninth Day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me…Borax crystal ornaments for our tree! One of my favorite holiday traditions involves making our own ornaments for our Christmas tree. We’ve made salt dough ornaments, gingerbread people, and have painted and decorated our own beautiful glass bulbs! One of our favorite ornament making projects combines the creativity of making our own sculptures with the chemistry and physics of creating stunning crystal structures!Read More →

On the eighth day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me… Candy Cane Elephant Toothpaste! Chemistry and Christmas go hand in hand, and today’s experiment is no exception! This is one of our favorite chemistry experiments and it’s perfect for this time of year! So come and learn about exothermic reactions, atoms and molecules, and foamy experiments! Just make sure you bring your safety goggles and gloves…Read More →

On the 3rd day of Christmas Science, my mommy shared with me….The Chemistry of Holiday Sweets! Sugar plays a big role in the chemistry of the holidays. Cookies, candies, cocoa, even savory dishes, and vegetables will contain various amounts of sugar. Consisting primarily of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen, these little guys can bond quickly with their neighbors, becoming quite the life of the partyRead More →

On the 2nd Day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me…Frosty The Snow-Can! For our second day of science, I wanted to explore something that we desert dwellers don’t get to see very often… frost! I learned that we could explore making frost right in our kitchen, with just some water, salt, and a can! Of course, we also needed to learn a little bit about salt and how it interacts with liquid water, ice, and the freezing points of these materials! But first, let’s the activity!Read More →

On the first day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me….Candy Chromatography! I’m always looking for a great way to incorporate fun educational activities with what we’re doing, and the holidays are no exception! To that end, we’ve decided to do a feature on The Twelve Days of Science! Every day, I’ll be sharing a new holiday-themed science project that you can do with your kids! We’ll have Santa Sleigh races, we’ll light up Rudolph’s nose, we’ll make fossilized ornaments, and we’ll be growing our own ornament crystals! This is just some of the stuff we’ll be doing, we have so many great thingsRead More →

As the days start to cool down here in the desert, we celebrate the beginning of Fall by taking daily walks around the neighborhood. We look forward to watching the beautiful colors sweep through the trees and we collect bits of nature to make our Fall collages. This year, we wanted to try something new. We wanted to learn more about Fall and how it happens. Why do the leaves change color? What makes Fall so brilliant and beautiful?Read More →