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science experiments for kids

Use a Straw to Stab a Potato
Is it possible to stab a potato with a drinking straw? Find out with this fun science experiment for kids that shows how air pressure can be used in surprising ways. What you'll need:

Stiff plastic drinking straws
A raw potato

Hold a plastic drinking straw by it sides (without covering the hole at the top) and try quickly stabbing the potato, what happens?
Repeat the experiment with a new straw but this time place your thumb over the top, covering the hole.

What's happening?

Placing your thumb over the hole at the top of the straw improves your ability to pierce the potato skin and push the straw deep into the potato. The first time you tried the experiment you may have only pierced the potato a small amount, so why are you more successful on the second attempt?

Covering the top of the straw with your thumb traps the air inside, forcing it to compress as you stab the straw through the potato skin. This makes the straw strong enough to pierce th…

Busy busy day

Sorry everyone  I didnt blog today. I was very busy had to send out the winning gift card, find a new prize, send out my daughters penpal letter, and much more! I will back blogging in the morning, til lthen have a great night!

Make ur own paper!

Make your own paper

1. Tear up all your left over paper into fine pieces.

2. Put all your pieces of paper in a container and soak it for 24 hours.. Or put the paper pieces in a pot of water and boil for 1 – 2 hours, stirring occasionally and adding more water when needed.

3. When the paper is mushy drain it in a fine holed strainer

4. In a new bowl mix together 2 cups cold water and ½ cup flour.

5. In a pot bring 2 cups of water to a boil and then add the flour/cold water mixture. Bring this to a boil again.

6. Remove this mixture from the stove and add 3 tbsp. of sugar

7. Allow this paste to cool down and thicken

8. From the paper remove as much water as possible and add enough paste to coat the paper nicely.

9. Sandwich the paper pulp between 2 pieces of wax paper and using a rolling pin make it as thin as possible.

10. Put this on a tray or counter and let dry completely

Glow stick experment (hot or cold)

The question is "do glow sticks glow better in hot or cold water?"
So to answer this question me and my daughter did a quick experment. It was to put one glow stick in hot water and one in cold water, both the same color stick. Here is a picture of the experment
Left is hot water    right is cold water

As you can see the glow stick glows way better in hot water, but why?

Answer- The glow of a glow stick is caused by achemical reactionthat produces light. The faster that reaction occurs, the more light is given off. The heat in this case actually speeds up that chemical reaction, in turn producing a brighter glow.

Love this experment casue we use glow sticks in glow baths! shown here- 

12 Fun Snack Ideas

Original recipe makes 1 serving (8 pieces)Change Servings
2 tablespoons Creamy Peanut Butter
2 tablespoons Strawberry Jelly, Jam, or Preserves (pick your favorite)
2 slices bread

Remove crusts from bread. With a rolling pin or large soup can, completely flatten bread.
Spread 1 tablespoon of Jif peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of Smucker's fruit spread on each slice of bread.
Roll each slice into a tight spiral. Cut each spiral into 4 pieces.
My whole family loves this one!!  1. Get some bananas. We used several "extra ripe" ones that I found marked down at the produce market, but any ripe bananas will work.
2. Peel the bananas, cut them into approx. 1/2" slices, and put them on a tray.
3. Pop the tray in the freezer for a few hours until the bananas are frozen. (Once they're frozen, you can also put them in a bag to use later).

4. Put your bananas in a food processor or blender. (NOTE: I used a blender because that's what I have, but I think a fo…

Clean mud!

Princess clean mud-
grate one bar of soap then add water (we added two big cups of water) 
Then using toilet paper slowly add it to the mix till you get something like mud. Once that was done (we used about 3/4 roll) we add purple paint and glitter.(the green you see is the soap that didnt melt yet) Fun and smells great!


clean mud
Supply List
Plastic Dish Cheese Grater
1 Bar of Ivory Soap
1 Quart of Water
3 Rolls of Toilet Paper
1 Tsp. Food Coloring

Grate The Soap

Tear Up Toilet Paper

Add Water

Add Food Coloring

Mix With Hands

Watermelon + cookie cutters

I finally got to cutting the watermelon in my fridge and I decide to make it fun for my kids with some shapes. So I grab some cookies cutters and went to work! This is some of the final result-

The top was just the ends of the watermelon. Then using cookie cutters me and my daughter made stars and teddy bears. As you can see my son loved it too:)

Give away time!!!

to enter to win this gift card click here-

Watermelon crafts!

Great for hot days!
watermelon ice-(paint)
First we put some green paint in the bottom of a muffin tin and put it in the frezzer. Once frozen we added the red paint and let it frezze. You can add some watermelon seeds if you like. Once done we ran the tin under warm water and painted with the ice (outside). Summer Watermelon Paper Plate Craft

paper plate


Color the inside of a paper plate red with a marker.
Color the rim green.
Add black dots in the middle for seeds.
Fold in half to make your slice of watermelon.
Watermelon sand
-one pack of watermelon kool aid mix
-baking soda
I mixed the kool aid and baking soda together first then slowly added the water till it become the same texture as semi wet sand at the beach. It was really cool and fun to mess with. did stain hands some but with warm water and soap came right off. With the paper fruit we made, I also had her guess what smell it was.

Having fun learning with chalk

Well sense where I am at we are suppsoe to get rain for the next couple of days, I had to get my kids outside  before it starts. So I decided we will be learning colors with chalk and toys!

Clean up fun!

Cleaning up soemtimes can be long and stressful. What kid doesnt wanan help, what kid doesnt wanna get in the bath/shower. Hopfully these ideas makes the whole thing a little easier!
glo bath with glo stick cheap and lights up the bath enough to not have to use a light
my daughter loves to try to help me clean, at times this is nice. So i made it a game and put a box on the floor with tape and let her sweep everything into that box. She was really proud of herself when done.
(my own picture and idea )
good night bath, also had bath books and made it a lavender bubble bath
Whale Water Scoop
What you'll need
Clean plastic gallon milk jug
Permanent marker
How to make it
Turn the gallon jug onto its side so that the handle is at the top. With the marker, draw a mouth shape on the base of the jug, extending partway up the sides.

Cut along the lines with scissors, creating a wide-mouthed scoop (a parent's job).

Using the marker, outline the edge of the mouth and add eyes and a blowhole.

Glowing Ideas!

glow in the dark ring toss
Great $1 game(the glo sticks only cost $1 and i had the paper towel holder but you can use anything that will work to throw the rings on)
(my own pic)

glo in the dark flubber(next pic is it in the dark!)
What You Need:
8 oz glue 
glow in the dark paint(can also use neon paint)
measuring cup

Pour 8oz of glue into a large bowl
Fill the empty bottles with water & shake to help get all the glue out
Pour the glue/water mixture into the bowl with the glue
add glow in dark paint (i added about 1 table spoon)
Add 1 teaspoon of Borax to 1/2 cup of warm water & mix
Pour Borax mixture into your glue mixture - a little at a time
mix and done! (the paint i used made me let it sit out in the sun for min. before play)

I went over the word space and the stars in glow paint and I added some glow sticks to the bath! Can also use neon paint! neon ice cube paint
i froze in a ice cube tray neon paint and some water then i put my daughters glow stars(we got at t…