Welcome to my blog!

I chose to make a blog about science because it is something that I have loved from a young age. My grandfather always had me outside since I could walk, learning about food chains and what animals eat/where they live.

A goal I have for my blog is to spread my love for science to younger kids and get them interested in it too. There are so many fun experiments to do that can gets kids interested in science and maybe they will grow up to love it too and peruse a field in it.

I am a high school senior and will be going to college next year to study Natural Resource conservation and management at Paul Smith’s college. From a young age I knew I wanted to have a career involving science and hope to be a future forest ranger.

I hope you enjoy what I post and have a fun time experimenting!

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My Spring Book

Introduction: Spring is a great time to go outside and have kids explore the world as it grows before their eyes. Have them jot down some cool things they see when they go out and explore! Introducing kids to making books will also help them get excited about them and provides a great practice for creative writing.

SPRING BOOK

Photo credits Rediscovered family blog

Materials: 

  • Stickers
  • Stamps
  • Colored paper and white paper
  • Hole puncher or stapler
  • String
  • Crayons and markers
  • Scissors (regular and fun designed cut)
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Yarn or ribbons

 

 

Making the book:

The book can be as long as you want 2-5 pages or even 6-10! Have the kids fill the pages of what reminds them of spring, activities to do in the spring, or even what they see when they go outside. Question pages are fun too there are many plants to explore in the spring and how the plants grow or their basic biology. You could even do a page dedicated to the birds flying around.

Once the pages are full and in the desired order hole punch and tie them together with strong or yarn or if you choose to you can staple them together too.

Enjoy your books!

This isn’t just for spring!

Having kids make their own books is a good way to have them explore their creative side and different seasons of the year. You can make different books for summer, fall, and winter too.

Here are some other sites that have similar activities.

http://rediscoveredfamilies.com/making-mini-books/

 

 

Food Chains

Word of the week: photosynthesis a process in which plants use energy from the sun to make water, carbon dioxide, and minerals into oxygen.

Introduction:

food chain shows how energy is passed from the sun to plants which are then eaten by animals, who are then eaten by other animals,this process repeats until you reach the top of the food chain. 

food chain

Materials: 

  • Scissors
  • Glue and tape
  • Colored paper or cups
  • Coloring supplies

Activity:

  • First you have to choose your food chain and print them out. (you can add the sun too!)
  • Color and cut out the animals
  • Glue the animals  onto cups or if you use the colored paper you can roll them into different sizes and then glue the animals on.

Questions to ask: 

  1. Do you know what a carnivore is and can you pick them out of your food chain?
  2. Do you know what a herbivore is and can you find them in your food chain?
  3. What is an omnivore?
  4. What is a predictor?
  5. What is the difference between a food chain and a food web?

Related Posts:

The Science penguin has some creative and fun ideas too, check it out!

http://thesciencepenguin.com/2015/01/7-ideas-teach-ecosystems-food-webs.html

 

Skittle Science

Word of the week: diffusion the spreading of something more widely. (usually involves water.)

Introduction: This experiment is a fun and easy way for kids to explore science using candies that they love. It teaches them about diffusion and incorporates many other fun aspects of science for them to learn about.

skittlesimages

There are only a few supplies needed for this fun and colorful experiment.

  1. A bag of skittles or other colorful candies
  2. A plate or a clear container (preferably white)
  3. Room temperature water, warm water, and cold water.

How To:

  1. Set up the skittles around the perimeter of the plate or bowl
  2. Carefully pour water over the skittles or other candies (If they move push them back quickly!)
  3. Observe what happens to the colors

Why do the colors run?

Well, the skittles are covered in food coloring and sugar so when the water hits the surface they coloring and sugar dissolves causing the colors to spread through the water. This process is called diffusion! 

Questions to ask:

  1. How long does it take the colors to spread to the middle with room temperature water?
  2. How long does it take for the colors to spread using warm water vs. cold water? Is there a huge time difference?
  3. How could the reaction be sped up?
  4. Try other candies too! Are there any others that work as well as the skittles?