After School Learning for Kids: Build a Nest

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We thoroughly enjoyed watching this Bewick’s Wren (if my bird identification skills are correct) build a nest in the bird house we have on our little patio this past week! Unfortunately, it disappeared partway through the week, so I’m wondering if it decided that my kids were a little loud. It also kept trying to […]

Plant Biology for Kids

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I am a huge fan of teaching plant biology for kids – they have a natural fascination about the world around them, and they remember scientific terms easily. Spring is a great time to start gardening with kids, and you don’t have to wait for spring temperatures to get started! This post includes affiliate links to […]

Studying Rocks

I know that seven-year-old Emma has especially enjoyed a lesson at school when she comes home and repeats it for her younger brothers and sister! On Friday, she created an afterschool activity for five-year-old Johnny and four-year-old Lily all about studying rocks – washing them, and classifying them based on different characteristics. Since Emma only […]

Growing Salt Crystals

Do you recognize our salt crystals experiment from this post? It started off like this: We wound up with nicer crystals in the bowl where the water evaporated than on the sponge itself; I’m not sure why. We plan to grow sugar crystals next, as soon as I get organized. We’re growing mung bean sprouts […]

Fun Halloween Activity for Kids: Self-Inflating Ghost Balloons!

My kids LOVED this fun science-based Halloween activity that we came up with! It’s very simple, too – all you need is a water bottle, balloon, Sharpie pen, vinegar, and baking soda! Draw a ghost face on the balloon, and fill it with about 1 Tablespoon of baking soda. Fill the water bottle with about […]

Boston With Kids: Museum of Science

Mike and I took all four kids to the Boston Museum of Science on Saturday, and they had a BLAST! The museum was pretty busy since it was a Saturday, but the kids had plenty of space to explore. Emma (six years old) and Johnny (four years old) dove into every exhibit! Johnny was particularly […]

Learning Laboratory: The Discovery Museums

My kids have loved the Science and Children’s Discovery Museums in Acton ever since we discovered them when Emma was a toddler. We even invested in a membership for a while, which we let lapse to pay for other experiences, but if the kids have their way we’ll rejoin again. This sand and light table […]