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 →

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love the holidays! I love taking walks on cool nights, with hot cocoa in our hands and dazzling light displays reflecting our eyes. It’s a time for family, food, and celebration. It’s also a time for gift giving! As I was looking around for awesome holiday gifts for my family, I thought I’d put together a list of some of my favorite toys, games, and microscope to share with you and yours!Read More →

Halloween is the month for all things creepy and it’s a great time for playing with science! There are a lot of great science projects that can carry a Halloween theme, ranging from glow in the dark potions (that you can drink!) to dancing gummy worms. Halloween is a great time to bring out the fun in chemistry, and teach some really interesting concepts at the same time! I wanted to kick off our month of Halloween chemistry with a spooky take on an old idea. The experiment we conducted involved the science of decomposition and preventing the biological processes that cause it. We followed the simpleRead More →

The Halloween season approaches…. Halloween is coming up, which means it’s about to get very exciting in my house! Every year, we celebrate Halloween by baking Halloween cookies, having Halloween decorating parties, and decking out the inside of our house with all kinds of creepy Halloween fun! This year, we wanted to get a head start on our Halloween decorating. Summer in Arizona has been very hot, and we’ve been anxious to get some cooler temperatures and head in to fall. Since we’re still in the 100 degree range, we’ll just have to pretend it’s cold, make some baked apples, and start thinking about theRead More →