Do your kids enjoy science experiments? Mine do. And we've done our fair share over the years. But I'm going to be honest and admit—I always dreaded explaining the behind-the-scenes science of the experiment. I would stumble, fumble, and bumble things up, and wonder if my children were really understanding the hows and whys.
That changed last week when we tried Amazing Science! We completed four engaging experiments: Matchstick Speedboat, Reversing an Image in Water, Floating Eggs, and Building a Motor.
The instructor on the DVD not only demonstrates the experiment, he also gives clear and comprehensive scientific explanations for the experiments (which makes me hip-hop-hooray happy!).
My boys watched both DVDs and each chose two experiments to try. Elijah made supply lists for each experiment. I added the necessary items to my grocery list, and purchased them.
On experiment day, the boys viewed the experiments again. After watching one, they would come to the dining room, find the supplies necessary, and complete the experiment.
Every experiment was a success. Yes, you read that right.
The majority of the items we used for our four experiments were household items (eggs, salt, pepper, dish soap, marker, paper, screw, battery, etc.) and I only had to purchase a few (wire and magnet).
The other experiments on the DVD seem to be pretty consistent–mostly household items with a few you'll need to outsource.
Yes. Really. Amazing. Last week Simon (my five-year-old) was playing with his magnet bin for the first time (just a box with a magnetic wand, ring magnets, and other things he's collected to put in there). He was showing me his tricks and instructed, "Mom, these two won't stick. They are negative-negative or positive-positive." I responded with a, "Oh, did daddy teach you that?" Simon shook his head no. I probed, "How did you know?" He exclaimed, "That science guy!" And then I knew it was Amazing Science.
Not really. I just wished there was a printable master supply list, so I made one. You can download it here.
The only other thing I wish is that there were more volumes of Amazing Science!
You can buy Amazing Science! Volume 1 for $19.95. You get two DVDs with 23 experiments.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Amazing Science Volume I in exchange for an honest review.
Last week's Fun School Friday was simple.
Elijah took on an old LEGO Quest: the micro-scale challenge.
The boys also played some games together (Guess Who? and LEGO Minotaurus)
But, as you can see, the main attraction was Bouncing Bubbles.
To make this a tad more educational, the boys watched a few of Steve Spangler's videos.
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1. LEGO perimeter and area
Elijah needs more practice with perimeter and area. I saw this idea on Pinterest, and I knew it would be perfect for him.
I grabbed various building plates.
And gave them each a number ~
Then I gave Elijah some printable pages to work through.
I love when LEGO makes all the difference.
2. Bird Nesting Materials
We talked about spring and birds and nests. We cut up a bunch of yarn (my stash was getting kind of CRAZY), and stuffed it in a suet feeder. Now the birds can come pluck a piece. We have lots of nests on our property, and we are hopeful that we'll see some of our colored yarn in some new nests!
Yet another idea from Pinterest!
3. Homemade Ice Cream
This recipe is so easy that a reading child can do it solo.
We topped it off with strawberry lemon sauce.
To make this a little more educational, we read Cocoa Ice.
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