Valentine’s Day is around the corner. We love doing theme-based science experiments in our home. This year we decided to make a chemical love potion with ingredients we have on hand. This Valentine’s Day Science Experiment is fun and simple to do. Kids will be focused on creating a bubbly colorful potion, which is NOT meant to be consumed. Parents should do this activity with their children.
Kids and parents will learn patience while doing this Valentine’s Day Science Experiment. You have to use a specified amount of each ingredient in order for the chemical reaction to work. Once kids see the bubbly potion appear, they will be proud of their accomplishments.
Below is a video showing you how to make the love potion. We encourage you to follow the exact directions in the video.
One of the best ways for a child to learn is to incorporate what motivates them. My son is motivated by fun games. He loves winning and being competitive. Another thing that motivates him is his favorite toy, which are race cars. We needed to review multiplication, specifically the six times tables. Therefore, we created and played the Race Car Math Game.
Playing the Race Car Math Game
My son was so excited to play this game. He quickly got all the materials needed, which is listed below, for our competition. The rules were simple. You earn a point by having the fastest car and getting the multiplication problem correct.
We played this game for about one hour. At the end of the game, I was confident he knew his times tables. He was motivated to get the math problems correct because this was one way he accumulated points within the game. You can play this game with other math concepts such as addition, subtraction, and division.
My son loves to play with anything that launches or flies across the room. One of his favorite toys is the catapult. We built the catapult and played a fun game with it. It is more fun when you can actually make these types of toys. The benefits are numerous. For example, kids will understand how they work and can adjust them to their liking. Furthermore, children can make as many as they like and even give them out for gifts. We did this for the fun balloon project I will share with you in this post.
We call this project the Balloon Launcher. You only need five items, which you most likely have in your home. The process to making the launcher is very easy. You can play a game with the launcher to see who can shoot objects the farthest. The toy can be used at parties to celebrate another’s accomplishment or their birthday. Below is the process for executing this fun balloon project.
We love to do simple activities that require household materials. These types of activities take a few minutes to set up and provide at least an hour or more fun for kids. The Colorful Milk Experiment is a great example of one of those activities. There is a ton of learning in doing this experiment as well.
This experiment teaches kids how soap attaches to grease, which in this case would be the fat in the milk. Mixing the milk, soap, and food coloring results in a beautiful mixture of colors. We encourage you to try it with a variety of colors.
Below is a video showing you how to do the experiment. It comes from my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please subscribe if you like what you see on the channel.
Christmas is around the corner and kids will be home for the holidays. Sometimes kids get bored when they are in the house for long periods of time. If this happens, don’t worry because I have the perfect activity to beat the boredom. It is called the DIY Canvas for Painting. This is a great project to put on your “easy science experiments for home” list.
We will show you how to do this activity in the video below. First you will learn how to make Oobleck slime. Then you will paint on the Oobleck canvas you made. Kids will find this project fun and easy to do.
Making Oobleck is considered a scientific project because it is a non-newtonian fluid. This means it can change from a liquid to a solid and vice versa. Kids will use their artistic skills once they paint on the canvas.
Parents will love this project because you most likely have all the ingredients in your home. The ingredients needed for this project are as follows:
The holidays are a time of good cheer, time spent with family and friends, decorations, and relaxing from a hectic year. Unfortunately for our wallets, it’s also a time of deals, sales, and a last push to get all of our loved ones gifts for the holidays.
It can be easy for kids to see this indulgent behavior in their parents and family and think that they, too, should grow up and splurge on holiday gifts for their family and friends. However, by demonstrating smart budgeting habits, we can set our kids (and ourselves) up for success when it comes to gift giving around the holidays and birthdays.
Through utilizing the cash envelope budgeting system, you’re able to plan ahead and save money to give gifts to loved ones, while removing the temptation to overspend or be blinded by deals while gift shopping. Essentially, the cash envelope budgeting system is where you fill an envelope with cash for a specific purpose: such as holiday gifts, a vacation, birthdays, or anything else you may be planning for.
To model good budgeting practices for kids, use these printable cash budgeting envelopes to put aside a certain amount of money together for shopping for holiday gifts. You can do this holiday activity as a family, and contribute a few dollars each every week. Once you reach your goal (or meet your savings deadline), you can go ahead and spend the money on that given purpose.
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Many of my family and friends havedominoes in their homes but do not use them much. Often times, people are not aware of the various ways to play with them. Dominoes is a fun and playful material where children can create a design and knock them down. Additionally, there is the famous Dominoes game where kids can match numbers.In this post, we will show you how to play dominoes for kids. You will see two fun games we made up.
It is called the Spinning Pencil with Balloon. In this activity, you use a balloon to make a pencil spin. The trick is the balloon does not touch the pencil. This sounds impossible right? Well static electricity makes this activity a reality. Science is mind blowing!
When my son and I tried it, we were amazed. The great thing about this experiment is you only need three household items. They are…
Christmas is almost here! This means it is time to put the Christmas tree up. Decorating the tree is a fun time in our household. My son loves hanging the ornaments up and seeing the bright lights. He usually contributes to the decorations by creating his own ornament. This year, we wanted to share his creation with you. We will show you how to make your own personalized ornament.
My son decided to incorporate cooking science while making the ornament. He made a salt dough ornament for the Christmas tree. This is a fun DIY project for kids where they will put their fingerprints in the salt dough. Another option is to do footprints. The great thing about this activity is you probably have all the ingredients needed for this project in your kitchen. Below is what we used…
Below is a video of my son sounding and spelling words at 21 months.
Many people ask me how this was done and the answers are in thebook below, Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play. We also have an online course that gives a more detailed account of how he learned to read at an early age.
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Children will become interested in reading when you make it fun. You accomplish this by building their interest in words and stories. This will come naturally by reading a variety of interactive books.
Reading a variety of interactive books exposes children to various vocabulary words, characters, plots, settings, problems, and resolutions. When Cory, my son, was a baby, I always borrowed books about the alphabet, colors, and numbers from the library. This is the main reason he knew these topics at nineteen months and could read at twenty-one months.
I also picked interactive books with colorful pictures. When reading, I would point to the characters and various objects on the page. Pop-up books are great to read to children because they create an element of surprise. It also gives them an appealing visual of what is happening in the book.
Lift-the-flap books are great because your child is anticipating the answer to a question. They are also engaged while reading these books because they are showcasing the answers with lifting the flaps. Cory has always liked to handle books; therefore, I taught him how to turn the pages at nine months. This was another strategy used to get him involved in reading as a baby.
Start your child’s fun reading journey by reading interactive books. I have listed 20 below.
Let’s Get Started – 20 Fun Interactive Books For Kids
Alpha Bugs: A Pop-up Alphabet by David Carter
This book is all about bugs. It is a great resource for practicing sounds.
Birthday Bugs: A Pop-up Party by David Carter
This book celebrates birthday bugs. It has a different bug popping out of the presents.
The Wide-Mouthed Frog (A Pop-Up Book) by Keith Faulkner and Jonathan Lambert
This frog loves finding creatures outdoors and eating them. However, he was stumped when there is another that likes to eat wide-mouthed frogs.
Pop-up Peekabook: Under the Sea by DK
This is a baby book that introduces children to colorful underwater scenes and characters.
Pop-Up Dinosaurs: A Pop-Up Book to Get Your Jaws Into
This rhyming book has facts about dinosaurs. There are five big dinosaur pop-ups that jump from the pages.
The Jungle Book: A Pop-Up Adventure by Matthew Reinhart
This is a great retelling of a classic. Children are exposed to battles of good over evil and the importance of family.
The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings by Anna Llenas
This sensitive book gently illustrates common emotions such as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calm.
A Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up by Matthew Reinhart
This book is a classic storytelling of Mother Goose’s nursery rhymes.
Brush Your Teeth, Please: A Pop-up Book by Jean Pidgeon
Children will learn proper dental hygiene in a fun way. They will see chimp brushing and a shark flossing!
Pop-Up Peekabook! Things That Go: Pop-Up Surprise Under Every Flap
This interactive book has bold pop-ups that make diggers, trucks, and cars jump from the pages when the flaps are lifted.
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell
Children will try to find the perfect pet with this book. They will lift flaps and see a monkey, lion, and an elephant.
Where’s Spot by Eric Hill
This is a great bedtime book where children will delight in trying to find Spot.
Playtown: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Roger Priddy
Children will learn about busy scenes from around the town. This includes the airport, the hospital, and shops.
Lift-the-Flap Tap Farm by Roger Priddy
In this interactive book, children will learn all about the farm, from animals to crops to farm machines.
What’s in My Truck by Linda Bleck
Children will learn about various trucks making deliveries to different places. They can peek inside these fun trucks and see what’s inside.
First 100 Animals Lift-the-Flap: Over 50 Fun Flaps to Lift and Learn
This book will help babies and toddlers learn all about their first animals. There are over 50 flaps to lift that reveal hidden photographs of animals.
Do Cows Meow? by Salina Yoon
This is a simple and rhythmic book. Kids will happily imitate all kids of animal sounds after reading this book.
Do Crocs Kiss? by Salina Yoon
This book has fun text and colorful illustrations. Children will see lions, tigers, and bears, as well as snappy reptiles and other favorite creatures.
Peek-A-Who? by Nina Laden
This book has colorful pictures and simple rhyming texts. Children will delight in the anticipation of what’s hiding on the next page.
Winnie the Pooh’s Giant Lift-the-Flap Book by A.A. Milne and Ernest Shepard
Winnie-the-Pooh has an adventure involving shapes, colors, numbers, letters, and how to tell time.