Author Archives: Angie

Water: Fun for the Littles

We have 48 hours of stuck-in-the-house time as the Big Winter Storm blows through the area.  “Big” is relative, as we’re only 50 miles from the US/Mexico border, but local resources are stretched to the breaking point, so there you are. This is Part One (see Part Two) Water Play! Never leave a baby or &hellip Continue reading »

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What’s in a Golf Ball?

My son asked us, this past summer, what’s inside a golf ball. This experiment is extra fun because you can tie it into your golf game (I don’t play golf, so I did not), geology (I am a geologist, so I did), and good mechanical/shop skills. Purpose: Find out what’s in the middle of a &hellip Continue reading »

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DIY Young Inventor’s Kit!

For the low, low price of a laundry basket, Rubbermaid tote or similarly sized cardboard box, you too can start a Rube Goldberg-esque Inventor’s Kit for your child.   Step 1: Get a laundry basket-sized container. Step 2: Fill! The choice of odds and ends is up to you, and limited only by your creativity &hellip Continue reading »

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Have an Ice Time (Transfer of Energy)

Our science projects this year have all fallen under the broad umbrella of “Energy”. This art project seemed to fit the bill. Materials: Food coloring Cookie sheet or tray Interestingly shaped household containers*: mini loaf pans paper cups rubber glove balloon flexible molds muffin tins * Stay away from glass containers. You may need to &hellip Continue reading »

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A Few Christmas Vacation Science Projects

Looking for something fun to do with the kids over Christmas break? Here are a few science projects I’ve found on the web. This has two Christmas suggestions. Identifying mystery powders, includes a decision chart and backstory (I’m guessing Mrs. Claus isn’t very good at food storage safety). Requires basic household supplies: baking powder, baking &hellip Continue reading »

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Crochet a Border on a Store-Bought Lap Blanket

Woohoo – fast and easy Homemade Christmas project. The store-bought throws that are $5-$10 at every store during the holidays often have a whipstitched edge, which works perfectly as a base row for a personalized crochet border! Talk about an easy AND satisfying first crochet project – lots more useful than making crocheted washcloths and &hellip Continue reading »

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Santa Loves Doggies…

… And so does Boo! He’s making his favorite four-legged friends a special present this year. Dog Biscuits 2-3/4 cups whole wheat flour 1 cup oatmeal flour (or oatmeal) 3/4 cup powdered milk 1 cup finely chopped carrot 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 3 tablespoon wheat germ 1/2 cup peanut butter 3 T oil 1 T molasses &hellip Continue reading »

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No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

1 cube of butter 1/2 cup milk 2 cups sugar 4-4.5 cups oatmeal 3 tablespoons cocoa Heat the first 3 ingredients in a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently.  Bring to a hard boil and boil for one minute. Remove from heat. Stir in oats and cocoa. Quickly spoon  in heaping teaspoons onto &hellip Continue reading »

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Yet Another Rant Against Sexist Advertising

This blog was published yesterday (on November 19, 2010) and is already making its rounds. An excerpt: “As we enter the holiday season, the inevitable toy catalogs begin arriving on our doormats. Most of the celebrations this time of year involve some form of gift giving, and if you have kiddos, that means t-o-y-s. Toys, &hellip Continue reading »

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Energy, and States of Matter

This experiment/lesson has been designed for a class of second graders who are learning about the States of Matter. It’s pretty easy to throw in a introduction to Energy. Here’s everything you’ll need (except the students – you’ll have to find them yourself): PART 1: Teacher Prep The teacher, or a parent volunteer (like moi) &hellip Continue reading »

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