Blog, She Wrote Top Ten Posts for 2013

Blog, She Wrote: Top Ten for 2013It’s been a great blogging year for Blog, She Wrote. In January we moved from Blogger to WordPress and streamlined our look and organization. I’m still working on some of that, but I’ve tried more than ever to create relevant content for you all.

Most Popular Blog, She Wrote Posts for 2013

Blog, She Wrote: Top Ten Toys for Open Ended Play

Top Ten Toys for Open Ended Play- This is my ultimate list of long lasting toys for creative play. We love the things on this list. Do you enjoy any of the same things?

Blog, She Wrote: Life of Fred {Homeschool Math}

Life of Fred {Homeschool Math}- This post is very popular! Enjoy a look at how we use Life of Fred math from elementary through high school and why.

Blog, She Wrote: Organizing Your Homeschool Library

Organizing Your Homeschool Library- This is an older post that is still viewed often. I need to update this post to show our new home’s arrangement, but the basic organization is the same.

Blog, She Wrote: Teaching Sewing in Your Homeschool {Whether or Not You Sew}

Teaching Sewing in Your Homeschool {Whether or Not You Sew!}- This was part of my five day series on Teaching Sewing in Your Homeschool. Full of ideas, projects, how to mentor are all there. Have a look.

Blog, She Wrote: Ten Things That Make a Great Homeschool Day

Ten Things That Make a Great Homeschool Day- I love this post. It shares the elements that make a joyful and productive day of homeschooling in our home. Among my favorites are reading, projecting, and collaborating. What makes a great day in your homeschool?

Blog, She Wrote: Adventure Box Themes

Adventure Box Themes- The first in a series of Adventure Box ideas in a ten day Hopscotch Series. This one features a video on exactly what Adventure Boxes are and how they can pour into your kids’ passions.

Blog, She Wrote: Working with a Bright, Occasionally Motivated High Schooler

Working with a Bright & Occasionally Very Motivated High Schooler: Tips & Tricks- The details on how we work with our high schooler to set goals and help him to see them through. I tried to share how we work with a student who isn’t always ideally motivated. I bet a lot of us have smart kids who like to sit back some.

Blog, She Wrote: Summer Fun Close to Home

Our {Close to Home} Summer Bucket List- Otherwise known as how to have fun close to home in the summer! We were grounded from traveling when my husband fell and had a severe sprain in his ankle which resulted in five large blood clots in his leg. We aimed to enjoy our time near to home and it was a fabulous summer.

Blog, She Wrote: Robin Cam

Robin Cam- Does anyone remember our robin cam from the spring? Dan set up a camera to capture the nesting season for a pair of robins who set up camp in a potted plant we were given as an encouragement when Dan was injured. Right on the table on our back porch we got an up close look. The videos are still viewable if you’d like to do a little spring dreaming. Just go from the bottom up to see the series.

Blog, She Wrote: Our Learning Environment

Our Learning Spaces: A Tour- The title says it all. This is the grand tour of our homeschool spaces. This post makes me smile.

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Happy 2014! I can’t wait to share more practical homeschooling advice and encouragement in the coming year.

10 (or so) Best Tinkering Gifts for Your Inventor

10 Best Tinkering Gifts for Your Inventor

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It’s that time of year when parents everywhere are looking for gift ideas for Christmas. Inventors can be hard to buy for especially when they are young and still have big ideas! Enjoy a look at some of the best tinkering materials we’ve found for our young scientists and inventors.

Electronic Gifts for Your Inventor

Snap Circuits- These are snap together electric circuits with many maps to build and tons of add ons. These circuits are easy to use and easy to please since the connections are rock solid. We have an oscilloscope interface for our computer along with the alternative energy kit. Don’t miss out on Snap Circuits Green.

Old Electronics- What engineer doesn’t like to take things apart to see how they work? We have a pile of old machines we remove the power cord from so that our inquisitive 8yo can enjoy how things go together and what their components look like.

Arduino- (for middle and high school) these are microcontroller kits which you can add sensors to and enjoy. J8 cannot wait to get his…shhh…

Raspberry Pi- (for middle and high school) card sized Linnux computer you can program and use.

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Books for Your Inventor

Cool Stuff and How It Works- (and the 2.0 version) This book is full of fun gadgets and tells how the technology works. From LED lights to LCD screens, this book has all the good stuff.

The New Way Things Work- a huge encyclopedia of items and drawings sure to keep your tinkerer involved.

The Unofficial LEGO Mindstorms Inventor’s Guide- full of robots to build and programs to run them.

NXT Power Programming: Robotics in C- Great guide on programming in C with your Mindstorms Kit. J8 adores this book and is sad he can’t program in C during FLL.

Advanced NXT: The DaVinci Inventions Book- another great book using Mindstorms.

C++ Programming in Easy Steps- Inventors like to be fiddlers at the computer too. J8 has read this one cover to cover and writes his own code.

Beginning C++ through Game Programming- another book our inventor loves.

Building Essentials for Your Inventor

Keva Planks- love these plank blocks that allow you to build complex structures. The more the better!

Erector Sets- The best part about these sets are the tools kids get to use!

LEGO Contraptions Books- Technic pieces you can use with regular bricks to build machines from the book.

Physics for Your Inventor

Solar Kit- large pieces which are similar to LEGO technic pieces which you can build lots of solar vehicles. This holds great interest at our house because we have a large array of solar panels on our roof and we do a lot with real time monitoring of our energy usage.

Deluxe Physics Kit- this is an advanced physics kit teaching all sort of concepts in physics using technic type pieces.

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Robotics for Your Inventor

LEGO Mindstorms NXT & EV3- NXT has just been upgraded to EV3 with the release having been late summer this year. While we plan to get an EV3 kit at some point, we are heavily invested in NXT and we’ll continue to use it. Our family is a long time FIRST LEGO League family with Dan coaching and running a JR FLL event annually. Our kids participate on teams and they play at home. This has been a great investment for our family.

Remote Control Machines- this is a great kit for building machines and powering them with the remote control. A nice one for elementary aged kids and up because the pieces are larger than LEGO Technic pieces and there is no programming involved.

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Other Necessities for An Inventor

Don’t forget some of the most important items for any inventor that cannot be bought.

Workspace- a place for your inventor to have ongoing projects and his work all around him.

Time- Inventors at any age need the time to tinker. Leave some margin in your routine for those explorable moments.

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Teaching Sewing in Your Homeschool {Whether or Not You Sew!}

One of the things I’m asked about the most with R13 being such an accomplished seamstress and designer is, how do I get my child started with sewing- especially if I can’t sew?

In years past, women learned to sew from their mothers and grandmothers. It was a skill you left home with ready to use when it was your turn to mend or sew new garments. In the last probably 20 years or more, not only are girls not learning it at home as much, but even school systems have been removing sewing from their home economics/family and consumer science programs. Although it may still happen, it is not a major part of the curriculum any longer. When I was in middle school, sewing was still half of any portion of home economics we had for the year. By the time I taught in a middle school in the same school system 8 years later, the sewing machines had been sold and it was no longer part of what had become Family and Consumer Sciences.

What does that mean for us today? It means that more often than not, a child who wants to learn to sew may not be able to learn from his mom!

This week, I’ll be sharing ways to teach sewing at home even if mom doesn’t sew!

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Supplies to have on hand when you are teaching sewing:

  • fabric scissors- these are sharp and designated for fabric only. Dull scissors are difficult to use and chew up fabric. R13 likes a pair for cutting fabric and another pair for trimming that she wears around her neck. You almost never see her without them on when she is working on a project.
  • pins & pin cushion- you’ll need pins to hold fabric together before you stitch. We like the kind with the balls on the ends. They are much easier to see! The pin cushion keeps those pins in one place.
  • thread- we use Guterman thread because it behaves well in our sewing machines. As you get more experience, you’ll know what kind you prefer.
  • fabric markers- just for fun! They add dimension to any project and you’ll want items kids can use on their own as they are still gaining skills. We like the Crayola fabric markers.
  • measuring tape- you’ll want this for measuring fabric. You might choose to use a pattern or your kids might come up with something on their own. Either way, you’ll want to measure to see the dimensions as you get started.
  • needles & a needle book- needles are a must have for hand sewing and the needle book makes a great first project. I’ll be sharing projects, patterns and places to find them on Friday.
  • fabric- you’ll want to keep your budding sewer in plenty of fabric. Fat quarters are a great way to stock up on more than one pattern of fabric quickly. Stores like JoAnn’s often have sales on fat quarters.
  • doodads- things like rick rack and buttons to encourage creativity and skills.
  • sewing machine- depending on whether or not you want to teach machine sewing. Most folks do what to machine sew and stepping out to make that investment can be confusing. Tomorrow I’ll be writing about sewing machines- how they work and what to look for in a good machine. It’s one of those things that is hard for a mom who doesn’t sew, but kids are sometimes super interested in it. You’ll want to know what’s happening!

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Where do I purchase sewing supplies?

  • JoAnn Fabrics- or another fabric/sewing chain store. JoAnn’s has frequent sales and a coupon program. If you sign up for their flyer, it’ll come with 50% coupons.
  • Michael’s, AC Moore, and Hobby Lobby- are all general crafts stores with good coupons. Although they carry some sewing supplies, you will not find a full selection at any of these stores.
  • Sewing Shop- along with quilting shops are fairly high priced, but they are generally helpful to new sewing enthusiasts and carry high quality supplies
  • Second Hand Sewing Shop- these are shops with used fabric and doodads and sometimes they offer classes. We have found some really great fabric, books, and other supplies at ours.

A note on supplies: Initially you may be tempted to go conservative on the cost for supplies. Just keep in mind that good quality supplies will make the job of learning the skill easier. you don’t want to add frustration to a project by providing super cheap materials that are more difficult to work with. A finicky sewing machine, for example, can be very discouraging! I’ve seen people quit early on because of a bad machine.

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Be available as a mentor and a facilitator to your new sewing student:

This could happen in a variety of ways with different resources both of which I’ll be sharing later in the week. For now, know that part of teaching sewing at home is allowing your student time to learn and to manage her projects- especially if you are inexperienced and can’t always show the way exactly.

A good mentor means showing your child that learning doesn’t stop…by everyday immersion in a life that celebrates learning interesting things and doing challenging, meaningful work. – Lori Pickert, Project Based Homeschooling

You might choose to learn with your child or you can help make it happen. Being a mentor means being a guide to something your child wants to learn. The great thing in this situation is that your child is coming to you with an interest. Just think of the intrinsic interest and motivation already at play!  I’ll be writing about ways to mentor on Thursday.

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Provide a designated space for your sewing student to work in:

As with any great project or learning experience, environment is key. If your student needs to fish out lots of materials and find and clear a spot for her work every time she has the time or inclination to sew, you are going to lose valuable momentum. I know we don’t all have the space for every project out there, but see if you can dedicate some space all her own to work on projects. Whatever those projects might be.

Seeing work in progress and be able to immerse in the challenge without having to worry about cleaning up is so essential to going deeper in your work.

Remember that if you want your student to be in control and to lead the way in her endeavor to learn to sew, then the materials she needs for the job need to be at the ready. You’ll want to keep tabs on safety, but you’ll be on hand to mentor anyway. Workspace is about making the project/learning activity accessible. I could make a long list of things my kids have ownership over in their learning and all of them involve us relinquishing control over workspace. We’ve worked to carve out spots for our kids to engage in what matters the most to them.

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Sewing is a wonderful skill and many of us don’t have much, if any, experience in this art. If you have a child asking to sew and you don’t have the knowledge, then this series is for you!

Join me for the rest of the Teaching Sewing in Your Homeschool {Whether or Not You Sew} series when I’ll be writing about:

  • Finding and Using a Sewing Machine
  • The Process of Learning to Sew
  • Finding Mentors with More Expertise
  • Beginner Projects & Project Resources

Please join the iHomeschool Network on a Hopscotch June 10-14, 2013 for some great topics from other homeschool bloggers!

Top Ten Toys for Open Ended Play

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday List is all about toys that last. Of the benchmarks of a lasting toy such as manufactured quality, perhaps the most important is playability. Does the toy have lasting play power?

I’ve picked ten categories of opened ended play items to share with you today which include choices for preschoolers, tweens, and teens. Let’s have a look!

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Blocks:

These include blocks of all shapes and sizes. My kids still play with these items. Even the almost 13 yo and my 14yo will play with blocks if you just bring out the right theme.

Our favorites are:

  • Kapla blocks- which are basic plank blocks. I think the US equivalent is Keva blocks.
  • Wedgits- who doesn’t love those geometric shapes for building?
  • Lincoln Logs- building blocks of a different shape provide lots of pretend frontier play
  • large maple blocks- a smooth finish on a beautiful block, a staple of the preschool world. We like adding architectural blocks to our stash
  • milk carton blocks- made from cardboard half gallon containers two to a block. You alternate the seam as you insert one inside the other to make it strong (you cut the spout end off)

Notes on purchasing blocks: easy places to buy at great prices are Constructive Playthings & Discount School Supply. If you have more than two kids, consider buying large quantities so there’s plenty of building materials for lots of creativity!

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Wooden Train:

My children have had countless hours playing with the wooden trains both Brio and Thomas sets and accessories. They will still set up a big train with all kinds of block buildings around it. They make a zoo or other fanciful worlds, but it is always fantastic and engaging for long sessions. We added a lot at once with a large set from Constructive Playthings and we used great coupons for local stores for the Thomas accessories.

Notes on Trains: Resist the urge to purchase the beloved train table! I had one made more cheaply than the store versions, but the table puts a pinch on the open ended value of building the train. You have to have uncanny spacial skills to get a track made that will fit in the confined space. It only took one visit to a friend who had their train sprawled out for miles on their floor to completely end the fascination (and subsequent frustration) of the train table.

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Marble Runs:

A marble run is such a great activity for younger and older kids and we’ve done a lot of physics with our sets.

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Dress Up:

What house full of preschoolers doesn’t love dress up? As your kids grow, they will still find reasons to get into costume. We often have great Halloween costumes from our dress up kits and my kids like to put on dramas and have fun being someone different for a while.

Centers- I like to store our dress up themes with their props. This makes it fun to pull a box and play out that scenario.

Example centers for creative play:

  • restaurant- apron, chef hat, oven mitts along with order pads and menus (from take out or they can make their own
  • grocery store- empty food boxes, cash register, sale signs, grocery lists, shopping cart (not exactly stored with the center_
  • Hairdresser- styling coat with hair doodads and scissors, hair dryers, barber shop set, etc
  • Adventure- hats, satchels, compasses, binoculars, maps, etc
  • Pioneer- guns, aprons, bonnets and some adventure items noted above
  • Knights- knight dress up, foam weapons

That’s not the end of the list, but you get the idea. I love having all the items together so they are easily stored and found when the mood strikes. We also have a free dress up bin with all sorts of costumes and fun in them.

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Cash Register:

This item had to make my list. There are so many play time activities that require a till- whether you are selling ice cream or running a zoo, the exchange of money will take place. A nice cash register will be the perfect prop. My favorite is the Learning Resources Deluxe Teaching cash register. The money is a nice size and there’s plenty of it. You can also order refills. It’s an investment, but it has lasted many years and far beat out its predecessor. This one has games in it for when math time begins.

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Buttons:

Buttons are such a great plaything! I order them from Discount School Supply and they are available in one or three pound quantities. Whenever I made an order I add a bag of buttons to the order. You can also find large sizes there for smaller hands.

What do you do with buttons?

  • scoop and pour- this is perfect even for supervised younger kids to scoop up and pour in a large bin in lieu of rice and sand!
  • sorting and counting
  • crafting- loads of things you can do with buttons from stringing to gluing
  • sewing

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Art Supplies:

Taking liberty here with the definition of a toy, but art supplies sure provide hours of open ended activity for kids.

What should you have on hand for creative time?

  • drawing paper- I like white sulphite paper from DSS
  • watercolor paints- Prang trays or tube watercolors are so vibrant
  • watercolor pencils- give you the fun of watercolor with the precision of a pencil
  • construction paper- sulphite doesn’t crack and  fade
  • glue
  • double sided tape
  • markers
  • crayons
  • colored pencils
  • butcher paper- sold in 50 lb weight for wet and dry media. This is a must have at my house. Countless games and murals have been made over the years. It’s also saved dinner time to have the giant sheet on the floor and three preschoolers laying there coloring together!

You’ll also need to allow your children ample access to the supplies as their age and ability allow. Teaching expectations at a young age goes a long way to being able to get more out for your kids. Open ended play doesn’t happen when kids don’t have access to the right playthings!

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Science Building Kits:

While some might consider these fairly prescribed given the directions and how things go together, for a kid like J7 who will invent and explore on his own, this is a huge sandbox of fun!

Suggestions to Start:

Some of the Thames & Kosmos sets listed above are compatible with each other so you can build things other than what you see.

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LEGOS & LEGO NXT:

What toy list would be complete without LEGOS? I would argue that some sets are better than others when it comes to promoting open ended play. Themed sets lend themselves toward theme play, but it also depends on the personality of the kid. Some builders love to create on their own, while others prefer to build the sets as is. Some builders only build once and enshrine, while still others wreck the creation and start again. And some builders are meticulous about keeping sets together, while others like to mix things up!

LEGO Mindstorms NXT- The NXT 2.0 is the computer brick that is compatible with Technic pieces to build robots which use a variety of sensors to do work and all sorts of things. One note…LEGO has replaced NXT with the next generation brick called Mindstorms EV3. If you are investing in a set, make sure you get the new generation computer. We’ll be upgrading by next year. This is our last competition year with the NXT.

FIRST LEGO League- We are heavily involved with FLL and we teach LEGO robotic classes at co-op. There is a lot of open ended engineering for kids to complete a season successfully. I’m behind on blogging about our most recent season, but I’ll be sure to share soon.

Mindstorms NXT Manuals- there are many books in this series to help kids in making robots and programming them.

Crazy Action Contraptions- fun machines to build with Technic pieces

There is always something going on with our NXT kits. Right now E14 is working on designing and building an M&M counter for the 4-H Fair. It will sort and count colored candies while people watch. Of course they’ll get to submit a guess so they can win!

J7 got an accelerometer for the NXT for Christmas and he’s anxious to build a robot to use it.

Animation/Movie Making/Computer Programming:

Most of this list is of the screen free variety, but I had to include the open ended play my kids have with a variety of software. 

The video was made using SAM Animation with an idea from a Klutz book. It’s a video of a head of cabbage reciting the Gettysburg Address in its entirety. Listen in and you’ll hear a younger E14. He was about 12 when he put that together.

Links for Open Ended Computer/Video Projects:

Klutz Book of Animation- fun ideas and an introduction to stop motion

SAM Animation- fun software to help kids make stop motion films. We use the free version.

Klutz Tricky Video- ideas for video making

Alice- 3D environment for programming, free

Scratch- building blocks of programming for kids, free put out by MIT

Mindstorms- the software that goes with the LEGO Mindstorms Kits

Remember that open ended play begins with open ended toys/items and open ended schedules!

May you and your family have many hours of creative and engaging playtime!

Other bloggers of iHN are participating in the 10 Weeks of Top 10 Lists 2013. We’ll be linking up every Tuesday and I encourage you to hop over and see some other blogger lists.

Adventures in Chemistry

I can’t believe it’s the last day for the Spring 2012 Hopscotch! I’ve been having a great time with these posts! Today’s Adventure Box Theme is Chemistry.

I believe that the science of chemistry alone almost proves the existence of an intelligent creator. – Thomas Edison

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Exploring The Periodic Table of the Elements:

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J7 adores Home Science Tools! He will spend forever paging through the catalog. I’ve often thought I should get him a Fisher Scientific catalog and that would keep him busy for days.

For Christmas, we went through the catalog to buy his gifts. He got a motor building kit, a physics kit, and a spectroscope analysis kit. Dan had made the comment that we should be buying this kid toys- not real science stuff! What happened to his childhood we wondered aloud…but J7 is an engineer, a scientist through and through. There is no stopping his brain!

So, when he opened this kit and Dan tried to explain it to him, J7 stopped him and said I know what it is! It’s a quantitative spectroscope! It measures wavelengths of light! He was beside himself with joy.

Finally, the day came to not only use the spectroscope but also to do the flame test. E14 has been studying wavelength and measurement in his high school chemistry course so this was a family affair.

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J7 was already an expert at looking at light through the scope, but Dan worked with the other kids to explain it before we began. He was in charge of the chemical compounds and the flames.

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We used our gas stove as the source for the heat to burn the compounds. Different elements produce different colored flames. You use the spectroscope to record the wave lengths of light that the flame produces.

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As they looked through the spectroscope, they recorded the wavelengths on a sheet which Dan had prepared for them.

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When we were all finished, the kids had to match the bands on their sheets with the known wavelength distribution of each element/compound to determine what it was. A kit like this makes great fun in an Adventure Box, but obviously an activity like this one needs adult participation.

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Part of any good chemistry Adventure is having the proper tools. What do you need to have on hand to do chemistry?

  • graduated cylinder- the one we have is glass, but I recommend a polypropylene one for safety
  • beakers
  • scale- we use our digital kitchen scale which sometimes is not quite sensitive enough, but we manage.
  • watch glass- is a convex circle of glass that can easily cover a beaker
  • Household items- such as Borax, starch, or containers if you don’t have scientific glassware

Of course, you can do chemistry without all these specific items but I’ve started to purchase glassware because I want the science equipment for the science stuff and my kitchen stuff for food!

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Activity Books for Enjoying Chemistry:

  • Cooking & Science- from Rainbow Resource
  • Cooking & Science for Elementary Students
  • Kid Concoctions- written by John and Danita Thomas. These books have fabulous recipes for all kinds of goo and fun solutions. I’ve seen the authors speak on two different occasions and their story is fantastic. They came up with all of the concoctions as a way to reduce screen time in their family and spend time together. I have a 10th anniversary volume with all four books in it.
  • Super Science Concoctions
  • Chemistry for Every Kid- or any other Janice VanCleave science fair book with chemistry
  • Janice VanCleave’s Molecules- great projects showing evidence of molecules

There are lots of books on the market to engage kids with chemistry…many of them are disguised as “concoctions”. Enjoy browsing the various titles!

At our house, my older kids simply ask permission to work with the Kid Concoctions books and they whip up recipes of all kinds that way. R12 really loves to get her hands dirty and will play with this stuff for a long time.

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Activity Kits for Chemistry Fun:

Kits are great because they come with everything you need except for household items like vinegar, etc. The equipment is all there along with any powdered chemicals and large test tubes. Usually, they are marketed to the younger crowd too so the experiments are pretty straight forward and easy to follow.

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Chemistry with Dyes:

I’ve already mentioned a few ways we’ve used dyes at our house, but these can be a lot of fun. Check out these links to see the ways we’ve used dye chemistry in our homeschool.

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Chemistry is a good time! My kids love it- some love it a lot. These are resources and ideas we’ve used at various times, but you could easily put something together for a Chemistry Themed Adventure Box.

Keep in mind that my husband is a chemical engineer and I’m a biologist. We do a lot of science stuff at our house because that’s how we have fun. However, there are so many great products out there for kitchen chemistry including kits which make doing and explaining chemistry very easy. How about giving it a try?

Thank you for joining me for this Hopscotch Series. I’m sad to see it come to an end! So, I thought it would be fun to continue to share Adventure Box Themes with you in the coming weeks as we head into summer. If you have ideas for themes or would like to see one in particular, I can do my best to find resources. Let me know what you think!

Hopscotch-With-iHN-Spring-Collage2Be sure to check out the other bloggers who are sharing a series this week through iHN’s Spring 2013 Hopscotch.