Paper Towel Rainbows: Chromatography for Beginners

Get ready for all the rainbow heart eyes in this easy and gorgeous introduction to chromatography. 🌈😍 Recommended age 3.5+ This activity focuses on the concept of solubility and how an appropriate solvent can carry molecules along a stationary phase. Read on for some basic science and how to make some jaw dropping art! Materials [...]

Plants 101: Propagating Plants through Cuttings (for kids and adults!)

I have this thing with plants. I dream of having a rainforest in my home one day, but until recently, I've had a pretty black thumb. I tried to grow many different house plants when I got my first place, but I killed every single one of them. From fungus gnat larvae bursting through the [...]

Microscope Discovery Sheet for Sensory Bins

Use this free STEM printable to let your child play a fun microscope game while they are pretending to be a scientist! Perfect for preschool to elementary science programs, this is a fun, safe, and creative way to introduce the world of microbes to a child. It's basically using a drinking glass to see through [...]

Snippets of Science: Glowing Pumpkin Seeds (pepitas) and Protochlorophyllide

Pepitas, the inside of pumpkin seeds, fluoresce under UV light! It is a stunning coral orange color. This photo doesn’t quite do it justice. The compound causing the fluorescence is protochlorophillide, a precursor to chlorophyll. (Chlorophyll is also fluorescent under UV light, but it glows a deep red.) The seeds themselves have a slight glow [...]

6 STEM Book Gift Pairings for Babies: A gift guide

Some of the best gifts for babies are books. They help their big eyes focus, help them learn about the world, and expose them to new words every day. Below, find some fun gifts to pair with some of this year's most popular science books for babies! The product links below are affiliate links, buying [...]

Snippet of Science: Newly Discovered Elements and Uncle Goose Periodic Table Blocks

Who else has these adorable periodic table blocks from Uncle Goose? We’ve been given two sets, one for each kid, and today we discovered something was different between the first set from 4 years ago (bottom) and the new set (top). Four new elements had been named! I had no clue! (And bravo to Uncle [...]

Make your own painting Art-Robot: Inspired by “Ada Lace Sees Red”

One of the best ways to bring a new activity into your kid's life is to be inspired by a special book. After reading Ada Lace Sees Red, (SPOILER ALERT) which features a robot that can paint (and an intelligent heroine), my daughter couldn't get enough, so I thought I'd expand her love of the [...]

Snippets of Science: Radioactive Fiestaware

Snippets of Science are short tales of fascinating science for a quick read. Would you like some uranium with your tea? From 1936-1972, the makers of Fiestaware (and also many other ceramics from that time) used uranium oxide in the glaze, making the dining sets radioactive. They initially used natural uranium which contains a mix [...]