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!

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The Ultimate Science Summer Bucket List

76 days. That is how long our summer vacation will be in my neck of the woods. It is my hope every summer that we can slow down, relax, reconnect, and rediscover the extraordinary in the ordinary.

But I also realize that on the morning of day 7 I’ll be wondering what the heck I’m going to do to entertain my kiddos for the rest of the summer. Then I’ll panic a little.

That is when I’m going to reach for this Ultimate Science Summer Bucket List. I have made this list to help all of us when panic sets in. All you have to say is, “Kids, today we’re going to do science.”

Trust me, they will love:

Trying out a classic experiment:

Having a blast with bubbles:

Enjoying night science:

  • Have a glow stick pool party
  • Go outside at night find the Big Dipper and other constellations
  • Have a night time scavenger hunt with flashlights

Eating food for thought:

Celebrating Fourth of July with science:

Doing science magic tricks:

Making science a game: 

Giving a little science to a friend: 

Reading about science: 

  • Read the Halley Harper Science Girl Extraordinaire series (out June 15) because every kid needs a book about a science hero…

Ok… the last one is a shameless plug, but I am so excited to share the project I’ve been working on over the last year. You’ve been asking for a science book for kids and she’s almost here!  Stay tuned for more updates and information on the first book of this series!

In the meantime, have an amazing summer doing science!

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Catch a wave in a bottle 

We had an amazing beach trip to Perdido Key, FL a few weeks ago.  Allie and Avery enjoyed the sand but Andrew was not so happy with the sand OR the waves. He preferred to go to the nearby pool and swim.  At one point he asked us how he could turn off the waves and get rid of the sand!

Needless to say I thought he would appreciate this experiment by keeping the waves IN a bottle.

Here’s what you need:

  • empty bottle (these are nice since they are only $1 at Target)
  • vegetable oil
  • water
  • sea creatures  (I used these…)

Here’s how to make your wave in a bottle:

  • fill the bottle halfway with water
  • put a few drops of blue food coloring in water
  • place sea creatures in bottle
  • fill the bottle the rest of the way with vegetable oil
  • take super glue or a hot glue gun and seal off the lid (to prevent oily messes!)

What’s the science? This is a lesson on density and what liquids will float on top of each other. Like salad dressing, the vegetable oil floats on top of the water. Its fun to see where the sea creatures end up floating. Ours always tend to stay right at the water/oil interface.

Andrew thought this was pretty amazing to watch a wave this way…. Thanks to seeing “Finding Dory” early this summer he wanted to know where his favorite creature Hank the Octopus was!

I thought you’d like to see a few pictures from our Florida trip…

We stayed up late to catch sand crabs one night… Allie caught them with her bare hands! Andrew enjoyed checking them out in the bucket!

When the littles were napping, we stayed inside and played games. Allie loved playing Periodic Table Battle ship. Guess who was wining? You can find the instructions here.

And of course Miss Avery thoroughly enjoyed the white sand of Florida. It was a sensory experience at is finest!

This was a great experiment to remember the summer days… We hope you have an amazing start back to school.

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5 Science in a Bottle Experiments


It’s safe to say I will never look at an empty 2L bottle the same way again. Now that I’ve had the pleasure of doing several science demonstrations, I’ve learned that there are at least 5 amazing experiments you can keep mostly contained to a 2L bottle.

The best thing though is watching the kids come back to see the experiment over and over again. You can see their little gears spinning each time they observe it with new guesses and theories.

Note: I’ve rated these experiments from 0 to 10 (0 being the least messy and 10 being the most messy) so you can choose the level of clean up afterwards. (You can thank me later!)

Tornado in a Bottle (Messy rating = 0)

This one is just mesmerizing. Kids and adults alike will stop and try it out. You can make it even more fun by adding glitter and a few sponge animals to recreate the movie Twister. I’ve also found that it calms down kiddos so they are ready for a nap… score 1 for Mom! Check it out here.

Bottle Diver Experiment  (Messy rating = 2)

I’ve been wanting to try this experiment (also called Cartesian Diver) for a long time but was majorly nervous that it wouldn’t work. Then I found Danielle’s site with amazing step by step instructions here. It turns out this is amazingly simple and it is fascinating to watch!

(The messy rating is a 2 because if the diver’s “tank” gets flooded then you have to fish him out of the bottle by dumping all the water out and filling the bottle back up.)

Blowing up a Balloon with Yeast (Messy rating = 3)

This is a classic experiment you’ve got to try if you are into making homemade bread. It helped answer Allie’s question abut why bread can be so fluffy. Check it out here.

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Groovy Lava Lamps (Messy rating = 5)

The messy rating is going up but all you need for this one is a water bottle, water, vegetable oil, and Alka Seltzer tablets. The messy rating is a 5 because I have anxious kiddos who like to toss lots of Alka Seltzer tablets in already bubbling bottle of oily water. I’d advise doing the experiment over a pie plate to catch the oily water. Check out our lava lamp here.

A Mentos Geyser (Messy rating = 10… I think you can imagine why!)

Technically this does not start with an empty bottle but it will become empty in less than 15 seconds after this explosive experiment. I suggest you do it outside around a sprinkler or a pool for easy cleanup. Trust me, you will become an instant science celebrity to your kids! Check out Andrew’s birthday Mentos geyser here.

rockCan you think of other experiments in a bottle? I’d love to add your suggestions to the list!

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