Hello Halley Harper; Science Girl Extraordinaire

Just in time for summer reading, Halley Harper is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle complete with action packed adventure and do it yourself science experiments!

Watch the book trailer below!

This is the first book of a series of children’s chapter books that follow the adventures of 9 year old science whiz Halley Harper.

Science camp is all about learning the laws of motion but someone wants to put the brakes on Camp Eureka for good. Can 9 year old science whiz Halley Harper find the culprit by using her knack of turning ordinary into the extraordinary? Will she find out who is sabotaging the experiments before anyone else gets hurt and camp closes forever?

Get your copy today here for yourself, your friends, and for your kiddos. It’s time for the world meet Halley Harper!

Ge

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Color Mixing: Walking Water Rainbow

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Do you know what gets me through my 3 year old not napping? Science. I’ve been wanting to try this walking water rainbow for a long time and the opportunity presented itself this afternoon when I was scrambling to find something productive that a sleepy nap resistant preschooler could do.

Luckily we’ve done an activity like this before here during a Preschool Science Party so I knew how amazing and simple it would be.

What you’ll need:  6 clear plastic cups, 6 strips of paper towels, food coloring, water

How to do it:

  1. Fill 3 glasses full of water
  2. Add red, yellow, and blue food coloring so each glass has it’s own dedicated color
  3. Arrange 3 empty glasses in between the colored water glass
  4. Add a strip of paper towel to connect the red glass to an empty glass. Then from the empty glass to the yellow glass. Connect all glasses with a paper towel.

What happens:

The water “walks” up the paper towl by capillary action. This is the same way that plants get water from the ground and up through their roots and stems.

We also talked about color theory and how primary colors can mix to form all the other colors. (By the way, I have never seen my kids understand color mixing quicker than they did with this experiment.)

After we watched the colors mix together, I gave them plastic pipettes and let the go to town mixing and playing in the colored water. We found that we could make brown by mixing all the water together.  Allie put a cup in the middle and formed brown through capillary action.  (That’s my girl!)

So the next time you are frustrated during naptime consider this simple science activity. You’ll be thinking to yourself, “Maybe naptime is overrated.. we can do science instead!”

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Easy Magic Slider Notes 

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My kids and I love magic slider cards but the YouTube tutorials I found looked pretty labor intensive.  Allie wanted me to make her one but I knew I did not have the patience for a complicated craft. So for her first day of first grade I decided to surprise her with an easy-to-make magic slider note in her lunchbox.  She was so excited and your kids will love them too!

Here’s what you need:

  • cardstock
  • free lunchbox note printable here
  • sandwich size Ziploc bag
  • black permanent marker
  • clear tape
  • Post it pulls
  • scissors

Here’s how:

  1. Cut out printables along with a blank piece of cardstock (to place on top)
  2. Tape the printed note on the back and place in Ziploc bag
  3. Place blank card on top of printed note
  4. Cut Ziploc bag around note and tape one side to make a pocket
  5. Place Post-It Pull on back side of blank note
  6. Trace outline of image with permanent marker on plastic
  7. Voila! EASY magic slider card for a surprise lunch note!

How to video:

What’s the science? Magic slider is a type of optical illusion. Put these together with your child and see if they can figure out how to do it without the instructions. It will inspire their curiosity which of course is what science is all about!

I hope you love these cards and they put a little magic into their school year!

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6 Amazing STEM Apps for Girls

STEM Apps

I’ll admit, I was a complete newbie when it came to finding educational apps for my kids. Honestly, I’m still overwhelmed with all the options out there. So, over the past year I decided to try out 6 apps with the hopes of building my daughter’s STEM skills. So far, these are her favorites (and mine too!)

SCIENCE:

humanbody The Human Body – This is an interactive model of the human body and by far the COOLEST app I’ve ever seen. She can see what happens to the nervous system when a bee stings, watch the circulatory system pump blood, and yes, watch a digestive system in all its glory.

crazygears Crazy Gears – This is a game using gears, magnets, engines, and chain reactions to lift doors to the next level.  I never mind when the kids ask for help because we end up talking through the solution together.

TECHNOLOGY:

daisy Daisy the Dinosaur – If you want to introduce basic computer programming to your kids this one if amazing. The object of the game is to do “drag and drop” coding to make Daisy the Dino jump, turn, shrink, and spin. I found that it’s also a great conversation starter about how apps are made possible through programming!

Update: We’ve also been enjoying Scratch Jr. an amazingly easy coding app. Check it out here.

ENGINEERING:

water Where’s My Water – This is by far her FAVORITE app. The object of the game is to get trapped water to Swampy the Alligator’s bathtub. The levels increase in difficulty by combining obstacles of acid, algae, and steam. It’s all about problem solving and imagining how fluids will flow.

shaun Shaun the Sheep – If you are familiar with the TV show Shaun the Sheep (and we are huge fans around here) then she’ll love helping Shaun get his lamb friends out of all sorts of scrapes. It’s another problem solving app that I even catch Allie’s dad playing too!

MATH:

mathfish  Hungry Fish – Learn addition and subtraction by combining bubbles and feeding a fish with numbers. I’ve found it increases her math speed, helps with number recognition, and is a great alternative to flashcards!

There you have it, our favorite STEM apps. I’d love to hear what your favorite apps are too! Leave a message in the comments below!

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