Category Archives: Learning

Science is Fun: Oil and Water Experiment

Science is fun. When a child is able to put their hands on something and find out how it works and why it works they learn so much better. What is more exciting than trying something out on your own? This month we want to share a fun science experiment that will allow your kids to discover the difference between oil and water.

Thank you to Growing a Jeweled Rose for creating such a fun and unique way to interact with water and oil. This new experiment will allow you show your kids the property differences of oil and water with a glowing experiment. You and your kids will be excited to create a glowing magical world with oil and water.

Head on over to Growing a Jeweled Rose to learn exactly how to create this magical experiment at home.

Check out just why oil and water are so different below. While you and your kids create the magical glowing world you can share all your knowledge of oil and water and their similar yet different properties.

Oil and Water:

Oil and water are two liquids that are immiscible, meaning they will not mix together. Liquids tend to be immiscible when the force of attraction between the molecules of the same liquid is greater than the force of attraction between the two different liquids.

Although this experiment uses the same volume of oil as water, the two liquids have different masses and therefore, different densities. Density is a measure of how much of a substance is contained in a specific volume of liquid. A liquid that is less dense than water will float on the water; a liquid that has a greater density will sink.

To gain an understanding of density, think of two zippered plastic bags of the same size (same volume). Imagine that one bag contains 10 marbles and the other 20 marbles. The bag containing 20 marbles is denser than the bag containing 10 marbles because it contains more material – even though it is the same material. This analogy describes the relative densities of different concentrations of the same substance.

Also, imagine that there is a third bag containing 10 very large marbles. The volume of the material is the same, the number of molecules (marbles) are the same but again, the bag of large marbles contains more material – it has a greater mass and so a greater density. This analogy represents the experiment above since two different materials are used.

The objects added to the container will float at different levels according to their density. If the density of the object is similar to that of water, the object will float in the water. If similar to the oil, the object will float in the oil.

What does it matter?

Getting oil and water to mix is at the very heart of cleaning dishes and clothes. A lot of agents that make dishes and clothes dirty are greasy or contain oil. Water alone is not attracted to these compounds. However, because a detergent has one end that is attracted to oil-like molecules, detergents tend to bind to dirt, grease and oil. The other half of the detergent binds to water molecules, allowing the soiling agent to be washed away.

 

Toddler Learning Time

Do you have a toddler at home? All of my big kids went back to school but my littlest man is home and bored without his siblings. We have been trying to give him more learning activities to do at home so that he has something fun to do when everyone is at school.

Recently I have noticed that he has excellent gross motor skills. He can do larger movements with ease. But his fine motor skills needed a little help. I have been searching different ideas for helping him with his fine motor skills and I found a few things that would help him.

Threading: Threading things is an excellent development of fine motor skills. Place beads on a string or yarn is perfect practice. Check out this example for smaller kids that you are worried about giving actual beads too. The Imagination Tree created a fun beading tutorial involving paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls instead for children that still have a tendency to place small items in their mouths. Check it out!

Frog Feeding: This fun pick-up and drop activity is a great way to teach fine motor skills in toddlers. It is also a lot of fun for little ones to do. Check out a Crafty Living for the complete tutorial.

Toddler learning time

With a little practice from activities like these, your little toddler will be progressing more and more in their fine motor skills.

Back to School hacks for Mom and Dad

August is finally here! School is already starting for many kids, with many more just around the corner. How is your family adjusting to the new routine? Returning to school after a long break is hard for everyone, not just the kids. So much of the routine is factored around us parents. Many of us are the lunch packers, morning alarms, launderers, bus drivers, and homework checkers in our households. Without us being on our game and ready to roll — school does not happen.

So we are here to help you find ways to get it all done and ready for that first big week back. Here is our top 5 list of things you need in your life to make the week run smoothly.

Our top 5 back to school hacks:

  1. School Lunch Station: this hack is amazing. Not only is it a time saver, it also enables your kids to get involved and pack their own lunch. Check it out! Back to school hacks - lunch station
  2. Bedtime routine: Like many of you, my kids stay up later during the summer. We also wake up later. This causes a huge shock to our system when we have to wake early for school. This mommy blogger has some great ideas for returning to proper bedtime routines.
  3. Time management: when those kids get home they seem to revert right back to summer mode. Now you can combat that attitude with a new and improved after-school schedule.Back to school hacks - after school routine
  4. Homework station: this is a great tip. Homework is an important part of back-to-school. You want your kids to be ready to go and ready to excel. With these tips, they will be on the right track. Back to school hacks - homework station
  5. Breakfast on the GO: We have all been there. School is hard to adjust to, and sometimes you run late. Here are some amazing make-ahead breakfasts for those on-the-run days. Back to school hacks - Breakfast recipes

We hope you enjoy your newfound freedom without the kids at home, but mostly we hope you adjust quickly and easily to your new routines!