Steve Spangler Science

Heat Wave Rainbow Science Projects!

Make a Rainbow of Science in Your Home and Escape the Heat The hot weather is here to stay for a few days. You’ve been to the pool everyday for a month. Now what are you going to do with the kids? With a little science and color knowledge, you can create rainbows inside. Sharpie Pen Science Pull out some old t-shirts. They don’t have to be white, but this activity will show up the best on white. Grab the rubbing alcohol and the permanent Sharpie Pens and you can create no-mess tie dye t-shirts. You’ll also need a plastic cup and rubber bands. This activity uses rubbing alcohol and permanent pens, so do this activity in a well-ventilated space and keep close by for assistance. Stretch the t-shirt material over the cup and

Keeping the Learning Going – Summer Sun Science – ENTER TO WIN!

School is out, the sun is blazing and the kids are singing their favorite song “I’m bored.” I heard this familiar tune the very first day of summer vacation. How are you going to keep them busy for more than two months? How will you keep their mind active, engaged and learning? With science activities of course! **Want to win your very own set of Summer Sun Science Products from Steve Spangler Science? Click here to enter! Contest ends June 30th!** With the sun being a major part of summer, why don’t you explore the science of the sun? An easy, first project can be to design a solar oven to cook hotdogs and roast marshmallows. Explore different designs and materials for the solar oven. A good place to start is a cardboard box and some aluminum foil. The kids can get really creative in sear...

Win a Leprechaun Science Kit from Steve Spangler Science

The Science Secrets of Leprechauns Revealed Do the leprechauns visit your home every year on St. Patrick’s Day? Those mischievous leprechauns break into my house every year and wreak havoc. And yes, the leprechauns bring a little science with them. What would St. Patrick’s Day be without a little leprechaun science? When the leprechauns break into my house, the first thing they do is turn the water green. Green water flows out of every faucet on St. Patrick’s Day. Then they open cabinet doors, overturn chairs and lay eggs. That’s right. They lay eggs. And not just any eggs…magical appearing eggs. The leprechauns don’t stop there. They leave my girls a special mix of leprechaun soup to mix up for dessert, color changing rainbow beads, green worms for fishing, snow that turns leprechaun gree...

Science Fair Season – Ask Questions, Explore and Discover

Science Fairs are held year round, but February is a very popular month for schools to hold a science fair. Have you signed up for your school’s science fair but haven’t picked a science fair project? Or are you thinking about joining your science fair but don’t know where to start? Participating in the science fair is an amazing opportunity to learn about the scientific method, ask questions, explore, make new discoveries and gain an understanding of how science works. If you are excited about your child’s science fair project, they will be excited too. Use this opportunity to teach your child the importance of building life long learning skills. Conducting science experiments and teaching process skills take time, and the unfortunate truth is that teachers may not have the necessary time...

Santa’s Footprints by the Fireplace

Santa, or St. Nick, visits our house early each year. It is a tradition in my family to celebrate St. Nicholas day on December 6th. Jolly Old St. Nick visits overnight and fills our stockings. Santa comes and just leaves a present under the tree on Christmas Eve. It’s a nice way to split up all of the loot and gives my girls a little holiday preview. I decided this year with all the snow on the ground, to have a little extra fun. I made St. Nick footprints from my front door (we don’t have a chimney) to our gas fireplace and stockings. To do this activity, you will need fake snow, or Insta-Snow powder found at SteveSpanglerScience.com, craft stores and all over this time of year. Imitation snow comes in a dry, powder form. It fluffs up and becomes wet and cold when water is added. It feels...

Review & Giveaway: Steve Spangler’s Science Toys

With the holidays just around the corner, we are bombarded by ads for toys. All the bells, whistles, and batteries required can make your head spin. I’m always on the lookout for new toy ideas that foster learning with a hint of adventure, so when Claire and I were asked to review some of Steve Spangler’s most popular science products, I jumped at the chance. Yes, The Casual Perfectionist received these items for free in exchange for an honest review, and we were not forced to give a glowing review. The positive reviews practically write themselves with these toys. I love toys that teach. I love science that disguises itself as toys. I love toys that are powered by magic. (Scientists will say they’re powered by the Laws of Physics and whatnot, but I know the truth: It’s all magic.) Here is...

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