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Science has turned out to be our favorite subject to study at home together. My kids love science and no wonder! It’s all experimental and hands on. As far as I’m aware, the new nation wide Common Core standards have taken science and history almost entirely out of early elementary school classrooms. It’s such a shame because those are the two most interesting and potentially fun subjects.

But no problem, we’re doing it at home and you can to without any science know-how or prep work of your own. All you need is this kit – My First Mind Blowing Science made by Scientific Explorer. It’s inexpensive and contains 11 awesome hands-on experiments that your kids will love.

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The set comes with everything you need to do all the experiments:

  • Step-by-step instructions for all 11 experiments including the secrets to answer questions about what’s happening in each experiment.
  • Red cabbage juice powder
  • Citric acid
  • Baking Soda
  • 3 color tables
  • Crosslinked polyacrylamide (so fancy!)
  • vegetable oil
  • corn starch
  • 2 cotton swabs
  • 3 test tubes
  • 3 plastic cups
  • pipette
  • 2 sticks
  • 2 measuring scoops
  • activity guide

Whew! It comes with a lot of stuff.

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It’s geared for kids ages 4 and up which is awesome. The little ones love science too! My littlest loved being able to help and observe with big brothers.

science experiments kit

This was the color changing experiment – can you see how excited Gus is??? He LOVES surprises.

kids science activities

The kit had their attention the whole time. They were so eager to do each experiment, see what was going to happen, and learn why.

elementary science kit

We’re doing Activity 2 here, the Color Changing Liquids experiment. We used baking soda, citric acid, and red cabbage powder to learn about acids and bases and what happens to a natural dye depending on how acidic or basic the solution is. Cooler colors are more basic, warmer colors are more acidic.
color changing science experiment

And then we did some color mixing of our own, just to see what would happen. That’s the great thing about science – make a guess and see what actually happens!

crystals science experiment

They are so impressed by all the cool science happening in front of them. It’s like magic!!

color changing volcano experiment

Another favorite was the colorful jiggly crystals activity. We added baking soda to one cup and citric acid to the second cup, added the red cabbage powder to both and then some polyacrylamide crystals. We had to wait a few hours to see what happened and when we looked after the time was up…we were amazed!

science homeschool funThe  crystals (on the right in the pictures above) absorbed all the liquid, plumped up and became jiggly and weird. What fun! We had a good time poking and squishing and squashing the newly jiggly crystals.

elementary science projects

We have LOVED this kit – for $15 you get 11 awesome experiments with all the stuff you need to make them happen. Gathering all the supplies is always the hardest part for me – this kit made it so easy. Everything was in the box and ready to go.

scientific explorer kits

Scientific Explorer has dozens of kits just like this for all ages. It would be a super fun activity for a family activity or birthday party and would make an awesome gift. We have our eyes on many other kits that we plan to use as a hands-on supplement to our learn-at-home lifestyle.

Keep up with Alex Toys and Scientific Explorer on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram. What are your favorite science activities to do as a family???

{We received this kit free of charge to facilitate our review.}


no sew burlap fall wreath tutorial video

I have been all crafted out lately and haven’t really made anything or done any projects since my baby was born 6 months ago. I’m getting the itch again…

This wreath was the perfect low-stress project for me right now. It took about an hour and it was completely finished. That’s my kind of project!

I used this 2 minute tutorial video to figure out exactly how to wrap the burlap through the wire wreath frame – I tried to look up written tutorials and I just couldn’t figure out how to do it. The video explained it perfectly. I added some flowers by wrapping the wire stems through the frame – I’ve heard hot gluing things directly to the burlap is a no-no.

I used 3″ wide burlap ribbon with wire along the edges so my wreath isn’t floppy.

burlap wreath tutorial no sew

I love a fresh front door!

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Book of the Week: Dinosaur Farm

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It’s hard work being a farmer and even harder running a dinosaur farm – but that’s just what the farmer does every day in this new book by Frann Preston-Gannon! The farmer wakes up very early to take care of all his animals and you find out pretty quick that all the animals on his […]

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*FREEBIE* Binder Spine Labels

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I’m getting organized! And I’m determined to keep an organized record of my kids’ schoolwork. We’re starting out following The Well-Trained Mind schedule/model and she recommends this kind of record keeping system, so we’re going for it. It’s working out great so far – I keep all the papers we complete on a clipboard in […]

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*BOOK OF THE WEEK* Pinoochio Illustrated by Robert Ingpen

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We’ve been working our way through children’s classics each night before bed time. It’s a wonderful way to end the day as a family enjoying fabulous literature together. We’re reading Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi right now and this edition, illustrated by Robert Ingpen, is my all-time favorite (published by Sterling Publishing). It’s a beautiful book with thick, […]

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*REVIEW* Doxie Go: Portable, Wireless, Rechargeable Scanner

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Once we decided to educate our children at home I knew there were some supplies we’d need. At the top of the list was a scanner. I find it easiest and most cost effective to purchase a consumable work book, scan the pages, and print off two copies for our two school-aged children. (This is […]

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Finished Quilts
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Remember my QAYG (Quilt As You Go) tutorial from a while ago? I finished it! And I LOVE how it turned out. It’s technically a queen sized tutorial but it fits just fine on our king sized mattress. I love all the colors AND that I used up TONS of scraps. It was so easy […]

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20 FREE Cloud Activities

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After our Cloud Unit Study we wanted more cloudy fun. I found 20 awesome cloud activities, experiments, and projects I wanted to share! Here’s my list of 20 FREE Cloud Activities: 1. Cloud Hunt Bingo from Green Grubs Garden Club 2. Cloud Dough from The Realistic Mama  3. Glove Puppets from Love and Lollipops 4. Clouds and Rainbows […]

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A Child’s Original Picture Book

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Our summer has been full of stories. Elliot has been enjoying writing stories and typing them on the computer – I insist that he handwrites them first so we can get plenty of handwriting practice in. For this story, he wanted to “illustrate” it after typing it on the computer. We got out our Legos […]

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Book of the Week: Children’s Activity Atlas

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This week’s book focuses on one of our favorite things – maps and geography! My boys have been interested in geography lately. It all started with this awesome video of US geography and continued on to this even more awesome video about world geography. My oldest has listened to the Tour the States song so many times, […]

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