Rock Painting featuring Gutsy Girl Dr. Jennifer Wiseman

This female scientists is featured in one of my favorites book series, Gutsy Girls by Amy Sullivan. I just love how the book makes Dr. Jennifer Wiseman so relatable to our girls who may also love rocks, exploring outdoors, animals, and outer space.

Jennifer went on to pursue her love of science by discovering a comet and teaching children how awesome our God is by studying the wonders of His universe. The best part is she shows us that it’s okay to love science AND God! What a great role model for our girls!

I highly recommend this Gutsy Girls book for your science loving girl’s library. You can buy it here.

The book illustrations are amazing – so much that it inspired our rock painting craft! Check out our favorite page featuring a beautiful picture of outerspace. I just love how Allie is soaking up this picture. 

 

 What you need: rocks, black acrylic paint, Gelly Roll pens found here

 How you do it:

  • Clean and dry the rocks
  • Paint with acrylic black paint and let it dry
  • Use pens to create the art that inspires you!

Whats the science:

One of the five natural sciences is earth science. Exploring and finding rocks are such a great way to explore our earth and ask questions about how the rocks were made, what they are made of, and how they got their shape. My daughter likes nothing more than to smash rocks (with eye protection) to see what it looks like inside. No doubt she’s looking for crystals or geodes!

Enjoy learning about this female scientist and doing a sweet rock painting craft with your gutsy girl!

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A Unique and Easy Birthday Gift Idea

Do you have this same problem? I take my kids to the toy store to select a gift for their friend’s birthday and they end up wanting the same thing? When I explain that it is not their birthday and they can put it on their Christmas list, drama ensues.

These days I tend to sneak to Target to do birthday gift shopping when the kids are at school to avoid the in-store battle. (Truth be told I remember doing the same thing to my mom… payback is.. well you know.)

So next time you need a birthday gift idea avoid the in-store drama and head to the dollar store for a unique and easy birthday gift that is under $20! Throw in book one of the Halley Harper series and you’ve got a great birthday gift for your child’s next birthday party they attend!

The dollar store supply list can be found at She Loves Science here along with a FREE PRINTABLE! You can find the Halley Harper book on Amazon here.

I hope this helps you avoid in-store drama with buying birthday gifts and more importantly I hope it gives you an easy idea for all the upcoming birthdays this year!

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How to make a fall garden 

During the days leading up to Hurricane Harvey we watched a LOT of the Weather Channel. Needless to say my kids had their fair share of watching cartoons to pass the days stuck indoors. So when the sun returned and things dried out we decided to turn off the TV and iPads and head outside.

What happened astonished me.

The kids wanted to play outside for hours and hours. One day they started planning where to plant a garden. Andrew dug up one of my backyard flowerbeds with a hoe while Allie made a master plan of what our garden was going to consist of. They found earthworms and grubs and even starting making a compost pile to prep for the garden.  (Should I have been more upset about my backyard flowerbed? Probably. But they were happy and were on a mission.)

From the beginning I was super skeptical of planting a garden in the fall. But my hope is to share with you our garden so you’ll be inspired to build one yourself and learn from our successes and mistakes along the way.

What you need:

  • A pre-made raised garden bed kit – This was the secret to a super simple small garden. You can find one here in several sizes
  • Visit here if you are in Texas and want guidance on what to plant in the fall. Here is another resource from HGTV.
  • topsoil

Our garden consists of cauliflower, parsley, sweet basil, rosemary, onions, spring mix and romaine lettuce, and sweet beef tomatoes.

What’s the science:

I love how gardens are full of science lessons from the beginning. We have had so many conversations about earthworms and grubs and what makes good garden soil.  Allie is making her own journal about how the garden will grow and change – the ultimate nature experiment!

This book is one of my favorites to discuss that we eat the tops, bottoms, and middle of so many different plants. For example, a carrot is the bottoms of a plant and broccoli is the top. You can find it here

Tops & Bottoms (Caldecott Honor Book) by [Stevens, Janet]

 

Here it is. Day 1 of our fall garden. Wish us luck and we’ll keep you posted on how it’s going!

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Back to School Clothes Science Picks

I am in denial. Here lately every time I go to the store I rush past all the back to school displays not wanting to admit that I need to get the kids ready for school. It’s like this every summer and I wait until the weekend before school starts to shop for clothes.

And every year I regret it.

So to save myself the heartache I decided to do a bit of online shopping and of course I start browsing the girl’s science apparel first!

Target

Dear Cat and Jack,

You had me at hello.

We LOVE your empower girls with science clothing line! Heck I even own a Cat and Jack shirt for myself (although I’m not sure I can fit in it…eesh!) Here are a few of our favorites for back to school!

Old Navy

I’ve been pleasantly surprised at your science graphic tees!

  

Now, as much as I love science graphic tees for girls both Old Navy and Target could beef up there science for BOYS as well! Don’t forget these girls have brothers and cousins that can be scientists, engineers, and rocket scientists as well!

How are you doing with your back to school shopping? Are you still in denial like I am that summer is almost over?

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