This project will be featured in my upcoming book: Pop Sizzle Boom! 101 Experiments for Your Mad Scientist, hitting stores in June 2017! Take a good look at your hands. Bend your fingers back and forth, and pay attention to the joints in your knuckles as you move. There is a lot involved in moving your hands! Under your skin you have bones, muscles, nerves, and tendons, all working together at the same time to allow you to move and flex your fingers. But they don’t just move on impulse, by themselves. Something needs to pull them down! With this project, you’ll be able toRead More →

On the tenth day of Christmas Science, my mommy made with me… Scientific Paper Snowflakes! Snowflakes can come in many shapes and sizes. They’re formed in clouds, when the temperatures fall below freezing. The shape and size depend on many factors, including temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind currents, even dirt and dust particles! These conditions can even change the snowflake’s structure, even as it falls toward the ground! The resulting snowflakes can take the shape of hexagons, needles, ice columns, cylinders… all sorts of things!Read More →

What can you do with a cardboard box, wooden skewers, marbles, and hot glue? You can make a pinball machine! Over the summer, our family took a trip to Las Vegas. While we were there, Kat and I went to check out the Pinball Hall of Fame! We had $18 in quarters and a lot of arcade ambition, we were ready to go play some pinball! While we were listening to all of the bells and whistles and watching the cool mechanics of the games, Kat and I thought about how great it would be if we had our very own pinball machine at home. WeRead 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 →

During the last few weeks, I have been seeing a lot of pictures of robots made out of old electrical components. There are so many great ideas out there, and it is such a great way to get some use out of old broken electronics! One of my favorites was a little group of robots made from LED’s and Diodes. They had been formed into a band called LED Zeppelin.  They were so cute, I really wanted to make some!Read More →

Let’s get this ball rolling! I am fascinated with Rube Goldberg Machines. I remember when Pee Wee’s Big Adventure came out, one of my very favorite scenes was when he woke up, and this elaborate machine made his breakfast. I thought, how cool it would be to wake up to a pancake breakfast every morning, without having to do anything!Read More →

As spring peaks and summer closes in on the Phoenix valley, Kat and I are taking stock of the flowers we have in our garden before the heat causes them to wither away. Spending time with our flowers and vegetables is a wonderful way to start our day. In fact, we’re still seeing new flowers on our tomato plants, and we’re watching some of our herbs flower as well (hopefully we’ll be able to collect some seeds this year!). As we spend as much time outside as possible before the heat sets in, Kat and I have had many discussions about our garden, how theRead More →

My daughter and I spend a lot of time outdoors. We built our own composting bin, we have a vegetable garden and a flower garden, and a lot of our scientific studies revolve around the life that happens all around us. We’re big fans of this planet that we’re on, and we’re often trying to think of ways we can help it. Last week, Kat and I were returning from a trip to the park, when she saw someone reach their hand out of their car and drop a cup out of the window. As the cup bounced along the street, Kat pointed at themRead More →

Looking for a fun activity to do this summer?  Make cutout characters from a favorite book! My daughter loves the books of Beatrix Potter. A particular favorite of hers is “The Tale of Tom Kitten”. Today, we decided to make poster board cutouts of the kittens, and act out the story in our garden! First, we read the story. Then we took a large piece of poster board my daughter divided it into four equal parts. We looked carefully at the pictures, looking at the various shapes we could see (for example, the head is made up of circles and triangles), while paying close attention toRead More →

Homeschool at my house often involves two things: big projects and workbooks. Today, we’ve decided to incorporate both. She has been progressing rather well in math lately. We work on basic addition using number lines, groups of objects, and whatever else we can think of to hone in her adding skills. Lately, we’ve been working on the place values of ones, tens, and one hundreds. While she’s great at recognizing two and three digit numbers, the concepts of tens and hundreds place, and what they represent were a little difficult to understand at first.Read More →