Topic - Seasonal Science
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.
By Blog Editor Susan Wells
My girls and I don’t like to hand out the standard paper Valentines from the store. Those are just boring. So each year we look for a different and unique Valentine to hand out. Since I’m known as the Science Mom at my girls’ school, it’s only fitting that we hand out something sciencey for the day of love. My 2nd grader and I have already created a stack of Test Tube Valentines for her class.
My fifth grader and I began a search for a creative science Valentine. We decided on Fortune Telling Fish. This is no ordinary sticker, tattoo or candy Valentine. Oh no. This Valentine can predict the future; detect love or indifference in every single hormonal fifth grader.
There are some crushes and some cooties that still get passed around in fifth grade, so why not make them more giddy when they put a Fortune Fish in their hand and test their love?
We began with a lot of paper and shaped but settled on a rectangle where we attached the
Valentine’s Day is a holiday known for its dedication to love, chocolate, and… science? The Science of Love of course!
This year we are celebrating Valentine’s Day science with a kit full of the most eye-catching, heart-grabbing, hands-on science we can find. You can use the Valentine’s Day-themed activities however you want, with whoever you want, but we guarantee that the fun you’ll have will make for a holiday you’ll never forget.