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  • Saturday, December 31, 2016 3:03 PM | Deleted user

    Adapted from My Kids Adventures.  We chose this site because they suggest a number of ways to experiment and expand the challenge for older children.  Check out all of their variations!

    How to create both simple and complex snowflake designs from coffee filters--you and your children will be eager to cut out a blizzard of snowflakes!Materials

    • Scissors
    • Round Coffee Filters
    • Trash can


    1. Review scissor safety and rules with your kids.
    2. Spread out the round coffee filter on a flat surface.
    3. Fold the filter in half.
    4. Fold it in half again, so that it's in quarters.
    5. Fold it in half a third time, so that it's in eighths.
    6. Make a few cuts in the filter.
    7. Let them open the snowflake to see how the cuts create a design.
    8. Ask your child questions about what they are doing.
      1. What happens when you cut off part of the outside edge of the coffee filter?
      2. What happens when you cut off the tip of the folded coffee filter
      3. What happens when you cut out shapes and unfold the snowflake?
    9. Check out other variations on the site!
  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:44 AM | Deleted user

    Adapted from Growing A Jeweled Rose.  1 MINUTE CINNAMON ORNAMENT RECIPE- & NO COOKING!


    • 1 cup flour
    • 1/2 cup salt
    • 1/2 cup cinnamon
    • 3/4 cup very warm water
    • cookie cutters
    • ribbon for hanging
    • paint and paintbrush (optional)


    1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
    2. Wash hands and then finish kneading dough with clean, dry hands.  If dough is a little sticky, dust your hands with a little more flour and knead.  After a few minutes you will be left with amazing cinnamon ornament dough.
    3. Roll out the dough between sheets of wax paper.
    4. Give kids cookie cutters and let them make their very own cinnamon ornaments.
    5. Pierce a hanging hole in the ornament before leaving them to dry.  
    6. It will take about 24 hours for them to completely dry.
    7. You can string and hang them then, or you can give your kids washable acrylic paint and have them decorate them even more!
    8. Makes roughly 10 ornaments.

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:25 AM | Deleted user

    Craft adapted from Toddler Approved.


    • Gingerbread boy template (found here or make your own!)
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Markers/crayons
    • Decorations that are age appropriate (buttons, pom poms, googly eyes, jewels, ribbon, feathers, pieces of cloth, pieces of tissue paper, yarn, beads, paper scraps, foam shapes, etc)


    1. If you have a book about a gingerbread man, I recommend reading that first!  A good holiday one is The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth.
    2. Print or draw a gingerbread man shape on brown paper, and then cut it out.  Older kids can do this step themselves!
    3. Encourage your child to decorate as they wish!
  • Monday, October 31, 2016 11:18 AM | Deleted user

    Adapted from Kids Activities Blogpaper boat


    • a paper plate
    • blue paint
    • brown paint
    • two straws
    • a paper towel
    • a cotton ball
    • blue construction paper
    • glue


    1. We started by cutting the bottom portion of a paper plate to look like boat. Actually we really just trimmed each side of the plate a little to give it a ship like look.
    2. Then we used a wadded up paper towel to paint the boat portion of the plate brown. Paper towels with paint create a streaky look on the surface you are painting on.  We were trying to give the bottom of the boat a wooden look.
    3. The remaining  section of the paper plate was cut into three sails. Two smaller sails for the front section of the boat and a larger one for the back.
    4. We cut two small slits in each of the sails to pass a narrow straw through. The two front sail were place on one straw and the larger sail was given a straw of its own.
    5. The sails were set aside and we started working on painting the water on a piece of blue construction paper. We dabbed blue paint onto a cotton ball and then stamped it onto the construction paper. The blue dabs were supposed to represent the movement of the water.
    6. After all the paint had dried on the boat and the blue paper we started to assemble the boat. The first thing we did was to glue the boat onto the blue paper. Then we put glue onto the back of the sails. The sails were positioned so the ends of the straws would be hidden behind the plate.

  • Monday, October 31, 2016 10:43 AM | Deleted user

    Adapted from Little Bins for Little Hands.Facebook119Google+3Twitter

    Dancing Corn Thanksgiving Science Activity for FallMaterials

    • Tray or dish
    • A tall jar or glass
    • Popping corn
    • Baking soda
    • Vinegar
    • Water
    • Spoon


    1. Put a tray or dish under your jar. 
    2. Fill your jar with 2 cups of water. 
    3. Then you want to add a couple tablespoons of baking soda to the water. Stir to dissolve the baking soda as much as possible. Talk about what dissolves and what doesn’t. This could lead to a fun side activity testing different solids to see if they dissolve in water.
    4. Add corn kernels to the water and baking soda. Do the corn kernels sink or float. Ask questions along the way!
    5. Now here comes the fun part of our dancing corn science activity. I would suggest adding the vinegar slowly. I filled a small party cup with vinegar. 
    6. Before you talk about what’s happening with the dancing corn, ask a few questions to get your kids talking about what they see happening. The secret to the magic dancing corn is the baking soda and vinegar chemical reaction. The gas produced when the two mix produces carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide bubbles left the corn, but then it falls back down!
    7. You can stir it if you like or you can just observe it as it is! The dancing corn lasted for a good half hour but slowed down along the way as the chemical reaction faded away.

  • Friday, September 30, 2016 10:16 AM | Deleted user

    Adapted from How Wee Learn.  

    A simple science experiment to explain why leaves change color in Autumn!


    1. 3 leaves (from the same tree)
    2. Rubbing alcohol
    3. Jar
    4. Plastic baggie or plastic wrap
    5. Hot water
    6. Paper coffee filter
    7. Small bowl or pan
    • Have your child break the leaves into tiny pieces and put in the jar.
    • Pour rubbing alcohol over the leaves until they are just covered.
    • Mash and stir the leaves into the rubbing alcohol until the alcohol turns slightly green.  Really give it a good mashing.  This is key!
    • Cover the jar with the baggie or plastic wrap and place the jar in a small bowl and pour hot water into the bowl.  
    • Leave the jar in the water for 30 minutes, swishing the jar occasionally to stair the leaves a bit.  The alcohol should be very dark green (leave longer if needed).  If you can resist, wait even 45 minutes or an hour.  
    • Cut a strip in the coffee filter so that the strip can reach the rubbing alcohol.  Place it in the jar so that it is standing up and only part of it is in the alcohol.
    • The liquid will travel up the coffee filter and the colors will separate as the alcohol evaporates off the coffee filter.  Let this happen for about an hour for the full effect.  


    In this science experiment we used the rubbing alcohol and energy (hot water) to separate the colours.  You likely saw green, and depending on your leaf type, maybe red, yellow, or orange.  As we know, Chlorophyll gives leaves their green colour and is so dominant it hides the other colours in the leaves.  But in the fall, chlorophyll in the leaves breaks down allowing the other colours to finally shine through and show their beautiful reds, yellows, and oranges.

  • Friday, September 30, 2016 10:05 AM | Deleted user

    Adapted from Lemon Lime Adventures.Fall Pinecone Experiment

    Fall offers so many cool opportunities to combine art and science!


    1. Three pinecones (all the same size)
    2. Three jars
    3. Warm water
    4. Cool water
    5. Ruler
    6. Timer
    7. Paper and pencil
    • Ask your child to observe and describe the pinecones.  Use the ruler to measure it.  Your child can even use the paper and pencil to record what it looks like.
    • Place one pinecone in each jar.  Cover one with warm water, one with cold water, and leave the third just in air for a control.
    • Ask your child to observe what starts happening to the pinecones.
    • Every five minutes, ask your child to describe the pinecones.  You can use the ruler to measure it again, or the paper to sketch the changes you see.
    • Note: allow around 20 minutes to see both pinecones in water close.  
  • Sunday, September 04, 2016 11:57 AM | Deleted user

    Adapted from Buggy and Buddy.sew the edges of the apple with yarn


    • Brown paper bag (or any paper you’d like to use)
    • Manila File Folders or sturdy paper to make a tracer
    • Scissors
    • Pencil
    • Paint (We used BioColor Paint because of its versatility, and I love that it has no odor.)
    • Sponges
    • Old newspaper or crinkle cut paper for stuffing
    • Stapler or hole punch with yarn
    • Brown and green construction paper
    • Glue (We used glue dots, but you could also use any liquid glue.)


    1. Cut up an old paper shopping bag so it’s flat.

    2. Make an apple tracer by drawing a large apple on an old manila file folder or other sturdy paper and cut it out. (Make sure it’s symmetrical. This will make it much easier when assembling the apple.)

    3. Help your child trace two apples (for the front and back) on the brown paper bag. Cut out the apples.

    4. Now it’s time to paint! Place your paint and sponges on the table. (Lucy decided on the colors red, green, and yellow). Put your cut-out apples onto some newspaper or other paper you don’t mind getting paint on.

    5. Sponge paint the apples. We had fun trying out different color combinations! 

    6. Set the apples aside to dry.

    7. Once the apples are dry, it’s time to stuff them! First, you’ll want to take the front and back of your apple and secure them together, leaving a little hole to stuff. You can secure them by either stapling around the apple’s edge or punching holes and having your child lace around the apple’s sides.

    8. Stuff your apple through the little hole you left. (We used leftover crinkle cut paper we had from gift wrapping, but you could also use torn up newspaper.)

    9. Once you’re done stuffing your apple, close the hole either by stapling it or finishing the lacing around the edge.

    10. Cut out a brown stem and green leaf from your construction paper and glue them to your apple. You’re finished!

  • Sunday, September 04, 2016 11:50 AM | Deleted user

    I confess that this is a #tbt to last year at this time.  But our family is doing it again this year so I thought I'd repost!


    This is a delicious science experiment!  Our family has discovered a new favorite variety of apple through this activity--Pinata apples!


    • Five different kinds of apples
    • Large platter
    • Plates for all participants
    • Come up with a way to keep track of which variety of apple is which. You can eyeball it if they all look different or come up with a way of labeling them.
    • Start by asking your child to describe the apples.  Are they all the same colors or different colors?  What colors are they?  Are any speckled or streaked?  Are they round or square?  Are they wide or tall?
    • Ask your child to predict (make a hypothesis) about which variety he/she will like the best.  Why do you think that?  Based on color?
    • Taste the apples!  Everyone should the taste the apples in the same order.
    • As you taste a variety, ask your child to describe it.  Is it sweet or sour?  Do you like it or not?  Is that what you expected it to taste like?
    • Ask everyone to vote for a favorite apple.  Compare these results to the predictions.

    Bonus points if you pick the apples yourself first!  Join us for apple picking at Brooksby Farm.  Check out the calendar for more info.

  • Monday, August 01, 2016 1:45 PM | Deleted user

    Adapted from I Can Teach My Child


    • Green construction paper
    • Marker
    • A paper plate
    • Scissors
    • Glue Stick


    1. Cut 2 pieces of green construction paper in half.  Fold each of the halves.
    2. Make a leaf design, being sure that the widest end of the leaf ends directly on the fold.  If you child is old enough, let him/her cut out the leaves.
    3. Fold a paper plate in half and trim about 1-2 inches away from the edge of the plate.
    4. Let your child rub some glue on the paper plate ring.
    5. Unfold the leaves and quickly place them on the glue.

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