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Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge
April 7, 2014 No Comment

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge

      When I was teaching, I always had a bulletin board full of opportunities for my students to win contests, write essays, submit poems, and receive accolades outside ...

earth month programming for kids: resources from PBS Kids
April 5, 2014 No Comment

earth month programming for kids: resources from PBS Kids

My friends at PBS Kids are totally ready for some fun, Earth-happy on-air programming, and my own kids are thrilled. PBS Kids and the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) ...

chick hatching: fun for kids and families (and giveaway!)
March 22, 2014 5 comments

chick hatching: fun for kids and families (and giveaway!)

I’ve said it before, and I’l say it again: We. Love. Chickens. Really, we do. Not only do we love backyard chickens, but we also love the teeniest of tiny ...

5 reasons families need backyard chickens (no, this is not a joke)
September 23, 2013 10 comments

5 reasons families need backyard chickens (no, this is not a joke)

    We love chickens. We really do. We love backyard chickens. As in, we love them thanks to two hens who came to us from Rent a Coop here ...

soap dough, soap molds, crazy cool fun with soap
July 26, 2013 4 comments

soap dough, soap molds, crazy cool fun with soap

    What happens when you put a bar of Ivory soap in the microwave? Really. Ivory soap. Plain ole sweet-smelling, plain-jane white bar o’ Ivory soap? In the microwave. ...

candy cane experiments, 2.0
January 22, 2013 6 comments

candy cane experiments, 2.0

We are always looking for reasons to play with our food over here, so when we put away the last of the holiday decorations, instead of tossing our candy canes, ...

beach learning: hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, ghost crabs, sand crabs & more
July 30, 2012 12 comments

beach learning: hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, ghost crabs, sand crabs & more

The beach can be difficult vacation for families with young children, there’s no doubt about it. Beyond even getting there–the packing, the long drive, the daily to-and-from the beach with ...

hot summer day fun: crayon melts!
July 11, 2012 9 comments

hot summer day fun: crayon melts!

It’s been so incredibly hot here in Maryland, I’m sure you can fry an egg on the sidewalk. At least I’m guessing you can because it’s been upwards of 100 ...

homemade light table and the wonder of water beads
June 4, 2012 7 comments

homemade light table and the wonder of water beads

For quite some time now, I have seen posts about the wonder of water beads. But I couldn’t find the beads, or I’d forget about them. And then I’d see ...

new for us friday: the red apple taste test
May 18, 2012 6 comments

new for us friday: the red apple taste test

This New For Us Friday we’re sharing a simple—but fun!—experiment of sorts. It’s a little ‘learning-in-the-kitchen’ meets ‘science experiment’ meets ‘problem-solver’, all in the name of those round and juicy ...

new for us friday: the grapple
April 13, 2012 7 comments

new for us friday: the grapple

We were totally due for some new-for-us foods around here, after our handful of awesome, new-for-us games, thanks to Toy Fair, Easter, and the kids’ new allowance.  Which (eeeee!) I ...