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STEAM Tastes Good: Science Makes Ice-cream

We have been trying to do learning activities all summer long. I try to incorporate fun activities with learning components that will engage the kids’ minds but also let them be little and have fun. This week I found this fun (and tasty) activity.

When I was a kid I remember helping my mother make ice-cream and make butter as fun little at-home science experiments. I had not even thought to do it at home with my kids until i came across this post at Growing a Jeweled Rose.

This activity is actually the greatest science experiment for summer. The Science Behind Ice Cream in a Bag is that the salt lowers the melting point of the ice. This is why we add salt to roads in the winter. When you shake and move the bag it causes the salt and ice to react creating ice-cream!  Check out Growing a Jeweled Rose for the fun tutorial and recipe. Then try it at home and see just how sweet science actually tastes!

Pool Noodle Planes: DIY Fun

We love a good craft, especially a craft that keeps our kids entertained for hours. This is definitely one of those crafts. Thank you Frugal Fun 4 Boys for always knowing exactly what we need to entertain those rowdy boys of ours!

Frugal Fun 4 Boys always seems to have the best crafts for kids. They are simple to follow, and always give us a really understandable tutorial. the activities are always fun too, so we just keep coming back for more.

This month I wanted to try something that would get my kids outside, having fun, and I wanted something that could double for pool fun. This was the perfect thing. The pool noodles and foam used can withstand a significant amount of time in water. So we enjoyed making our finished creations fly around the pool while we swam. The kids flew them back and forth to one another in the shallow end for over an hour. That’s a long time to do anything at 6. So thank you again Frugal Fun 4 Boys  for always helping me to find ways to entertain my kids.

Pool noodle planes

Be sure to head on over to Frugal Fun 4 Boys  for the full tutorial, and be sure to see what other ideas are over there. Trust us, it is worth it!

Summer STEAM fun!

This summer we have been TRYING to have lots of fun while still staying ready for school next year. It has been a balancing act, mostly for Mommy. Let’s face it, summer is one of our only times to slow down in the entire year. So while Mommy wants to keep these kids sharp, focused, and ready for next year Mommy also wants to sleep in and lay by the pool or swim and do handstands too! But I have tried. And trying is the best.

This month we wanted to share with you a little STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mechanics) activity that we tried. I found this awesome tutorial at Little Bins for Little Hands. This great activity teaches it all. It is a fun artistic endeavor that allows kids to learn by doing. It also is a fun activity that lets kids explore through play. Which is a win-win in my book. This simple Kaleidoscope lets kids learn how to build, design, and complete a task. It is fun, artistic, and creative.

STEAM fun

We loved working on these together. The kids each had a very different kaleidoscope than their siblings. Even though we made them all together everyone made their own unique design. Then we took them outside to see them work in bright light, shaded light, and back in the house with no light. It was a lot of fun and very simple to accomplish. Now I feel as if I have helped them to hone their STEAM skills and I didn’t sacrifice my fun time for summer.

be sure to head on over to Little Bins for Little Hands for the full tutorial, and be sure to check out their other great fun activities that teach through play!