Topic - Seasonal Science
Are you looking for some creative, educational and unique things to stick in their stockings this year?
Did you know science comes in all shapes and sizes?
Do what Santa does…give the gift of science. Our top stocking stuffers are tiny in size but big in discovery.
1. Baby Soda Bottle Test Tube Experiments $3.99 each
These small, durable test tubes are made from soda bottles. Soda bottles begin their lives as small “baby” soda bottles before having hot air expand them into their “adult” size. We use the baby soda bottles as test tubes and include a Steve Spangler classic science experiment. Mix and match and give everyone in the family a different science activity.
- Insta-Snow Test Tube – Includes 7 grams of Insta-Snow Powder
- Growing Gator Tube – Includes one large growing gator
- Rainbow Test Tube – Includes 3 grams each of red, yellow and blue Water Jelly Crystals
- Test Tube Garden – Includes 10 grams of clear Water Jelly Crystals and corn, pea and sunflowers seeds
- Energy Bead Test Tube – Includes 15 Energy Beads and enough bracelet cord to make one bracelet
- Magic Sand Test Tube
It’s a mad rush in the kitchen before a holiday meal with family and friends. Once the turkey and potatoes are gone, what do you do to entertain your guests? Science magic table tricks of course!
Whether you’re sitting down to a nice dinner with your family or if you’ve just finished an enormous Thanksgiving feast, you can perform some incredible science demonstrations, experiments, and activities with the Table Tricks Science Experiment Guide!
The best part? You don’t need to head to the science store – these table tricks use supplies you have around the house. It’s kitchen science at the dinner table.
Tricks like Balancing Utensils, the Spinning Match, and Newton’s Bottle make for great party pieces, but your guests will be even more impressed when you reveal the science behind the Table Tricks. Don’t forget the encore -
Hands-on science, good company, and great food… what could be better? The Tablecloth Trick!
We enjoy following some of our favorite blogging Kids Activity Moms on Pinterest. Here is a short round up of our favorites for St. Patrick’s Day -
- Shamrock crystals from Housing a Forest
- Shamrock Color Viewer: a craft and a tool in one from Mama’s Little Muse
- Racing Leprechaun Balloons from Housing a Forest
- Grow Leprechaun Hair in milk cartons from PlayDrMom.
- Leprechaun Hunt from The Golden Gleam
- St. Patrick’s Lesson Plan, Traps and Games from Thinking IQ
- Shamrock Sprouts from Housing a Forest
During the month of March, everything starts to turn green, and not just the grass and trees. It’s leprechaun season. Time to catch a sneaky little devil who hides gold coins while wreaking havoc all over.
For years, we have shared our secret for surprising the kiddos on St. Paddy’s Day morning by turning all of the water green in your house. Just unscrew the screen in the faucet, place a blue and yellow Fizzy Tints True Color Tablet inside and carefully screw it back on. Wiping any drips. Don’t use Easter Egg coloring tablets – they will stain. In the morning, when the kids turn on the water, it will run green. You can also drop a few tablets in the toilet to turn that water green too.
But don’t stop there. Take the kids on a journey to explore all of the Leprechaun secrets. Uncover hidden rainbows, fish for Leprechauns with appearing green worms, use a little green magic to grow Leprechaun eggs and inflate a giant eight-foot long Leprechaun sandwich with only one breath.
When it comes to gardening, Leprechauns have a green thumb. That’s not to say that they really have a green-colored thumb (even though they do). It means that they are really good at growing plants. Leprechauns are so incredible at gardening that they don’t even need soil to grow their plants!
What You’ll Need
- Sponge (Green would be an excellent choice)
- Permanent marker
- Seed packet (Lettuce, spinach, or broccoli work great)
- Spray bottle
Let’s Try It!
- Use a permanent marker to trace a clover shape on a dry sponge. You get to choose whether you want a standard, three-leaf shamrock, or a lucky, four-leaf clover. If you want to compare the two (you know, for magical properties), trace each shape on a different sponge.
- Use a strong pair of scissors to cut the shamrock shape out of the sponge. This step can be difficult, so make sure you are extra careful and have an adult helper on hand… just in case. If the sponge is proving especially tricky to cut, try dampening it.
- Once your shamrocks are cut, soak them in water.