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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!

DIY Chess Set: Legos to the Rescue!!

My kids have just decided to start learning the game of chess. I blame Harry Potter — but no matter the motivation they want to play. I don’t really want to run out and by some large expensive chess set that my almost 7 year old will surely break, so instead I have chosen to go the DIY route. Cue the Legos. Not only is this the perfect project for my 7 year old to do alone, it also ensures that when it breaks (and we all know my 7 year old will break it) said 7 year old can also rebuild it — score one for Mom Y’all!

DIY chess set

My kids have become very obsessed with Legos recently. I know that most kids do become obsessed, but I feel as if it is all we do or think about anymore. So why not combine their recent love of Chess with their perpetual love of Legos.

There is an excellent tutorial at Teach Beside Me. There you can see detailed images and instructions on how to create the perfect chess board out of Legos. This tutorial is ingenious. They even have an awesome link to learn how to play chess. SCORE! It has become my one-stop shop in Lego Chess information. I hope that your kiddos find it as inspiring as mine have!

Mother’s Day DIY Gifts

Mother’s Day is this weekend and we all love our Moms so why not make them a little something special to remind them how much we love them. So Moms look away, Dads, kids, grandparents, and spouses pay attention!

Mom Secret Stash: All Moms have a favorite snack, and by favorite we mean they do not like to share it with ANYONE. For me its chocolate. After a long day of “mommying” it up I want to hide with a small sweet morsel and unwind. However, it can be hard to keep those sweets out of my little ones hands. So this year why not make Mom a little secret stash of all of her favorites. It is a sweet idea with not a lot or hard work. Trust me, Mom will appreciate it.

365 Reasons We Love Mom: This fun little idea is actually available at Big DIY Ideas. It is so simple, it is not expensive, does not require a great crafting ability, and all of the kids can help, even the littlest ones. It is a gift that Mom will cherish forever. Moms love those sappy mother’s day gifts, and what is sappier than a jar full of all the reasons why we love her?

DIY Succulent Rock Garden: I LOVE succulents. I Love plants. But, I have a black thumb. My kids know this, and have started to buy me only succulents, but I have even on occasion killed the succulents. This adorable little succulent would survive even at my house! It is made form rocks. Your kids can design and paint their very own succulents and design you the prettiest flower pot ever. Best part? It never needs to be watered!