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 [...]

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 [...]

Color Changing Lava Lamp

  One of my goals is to create simple science projects and demos that parents, caregivers, and teachers can easily perform using everyday supplies. I love this color changing lava lamp because it does exactly that. It illustrates so many concepts of chemistry, has ingredients you might already have (or can easily grab from the [...]

Maple Syrup: a sweet, delicious teacher of science for kids

Springtime in rural Vermont is magical. It’s not just the melting snow with rivers of mud, it’s also magical because it’s maple syrup season. For a brief period each year the sap really flows and those lucky enough to have sugar maples can harvest the sweet nectar and boil it down into the delicious breakfast [...]

Fall Leaf Chromatography

Do some science while taking in the colors of the autumn season! All you need is some filter paper and typical household items. For a little science lesson on chromatography, check out our other post on flower chromatography here. Overview: Chromatography is a method to separate molecules using a liquid phase (solvent) and a stationary [...]

Experimenting with Real Enzymes: Bromelain

This post is part of our Summer of Science series! Check back periodically to find more fun, easy, and affordable experiments and projects you can do at home with your kids this summer. This project is about the enzyme, bromelain, which degrades other proteins. You will use it to turn chicken to mush while learning [...]

Painting with Chlorophyll: How to make your own fluorescent paint

This post is part of a series on chlorophyll, a molecule both plants and humans owe their lives to! This specific activity is a fun, easy, and art-inspired introduction to chlorophyll for children 2 years old and up where we will make paint from the chlorophyll in spinach leaves, then observe the fluorescence of the [...]