New Year Science Noise Makers

Can you believe it is almost 2018? Are you looking for a way to help the kids ring in the New Year long before midnight? Why not raid your craft supplies, make your own noisemakers, and learn a bit of science in the process?

We made two different noise makers as twirling the “buzzing bee” required hand eye coordination that my 4 year old doesn’t have yet… but blowing on a harmonica was right up his alley!

The First Noise Maker: The “Buzzing Bee”

What you need: one index card, tape, one craft stick, a wide rubber band, a piece of sticky backed foam (I used a foam letter “I”), 36″ string, and New Year stickers.

How to do it:

The Second Noise Maker: The DIY Harmonica

What you need: two craft sticks, a rubber band, an index card, and a toothpick

How you do it: (Important note: The toothpick should be underneath the paper strip on one side of the craft stick and on top of the paper strip on the opposite end of the craft stick.)

What’s the science?

In each noise maker the sound is coming from a vibration.  For the “Buzzing Bee” noisemaker the sound is from the vibration of the rubber band as the air passes over it.  The DIY Harmonica sound comes from the paper strip vibrating as you blow air over it.

Now this is the kind of noise that I could get used to… the sounds of science! Happy 2018! I hope you and your family have a fun one together!

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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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Fishing for Ice

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I have just found the easiest way to entertain kids while waiting at a busy restaurant. And I know this is short of a miracle because now you can entertain AND educate while you wait on your food.

All you need is a glass of ice water, salt, and a string.  Lay the string on top of the ice. Shake a little bit of salt on top of the ice and string. Count to 5 and voila! You’ve fished and caught ice!  We spent several minutes trying to see how many pieces of ice we could lift out of the water.

Check this out:

So how does this happen:

Salt lowers the freezing point of ice. When you shake a bit of salt on an ice cube it melts. Meanwhile the water in the string freezes and sticks to the ice. Simple science magic at it’s finest!

On a personal note:

We had an amazing fishing trip down to Rockport, TX. It brought back a lot of memories of fishing with my family as a kid and hanging out with friends.

Here is a picture of the sunrise when we snuck out super early to go fishing. All the kids were still asleep and needless to say it was quite peaceful.

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Then later in the week we fed the seagulls and Allie melted my heart when she said it was her favorite part of the trip. That’s my girl…

seagulls

I hope you’re having an amazing summer! And you can thank me later when fishing for ice has given you some peace at a restaurant!

 

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Rain in a Jar

rain in a jarSchool was cancelled today due to flooding in Houston and surrounding areas. So we entertained ourselves with a little fun and easy science experiment to explain rain falling from the clouds. The experiment was really quite mesmerizing and all you need is shaving cream, food coloring, and a jar of water. Check it out.

The best thing about doing this experiment with a 6 year old is that she busted out into song when it started “raining”.  Then promptly says, “Hey, let’s make lightening in jar!” and I say nervously, “That would be hard to do!”

Enjoy this easy experiment and stay safe Houston friends!

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