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Halloween STEAM Acitivity: Skeletons Bones

Halloween is a great time to do fun activities and crafts, but it is also a great time to try and weave in some interesting learning activities as well. Mystery Science has an incredibly interesting Halloween skeleton themed learning activity for children grades K-5. It deals with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mechanics) and uses the skeleton theme to get kids interested in how the bones in our body hep us to function and what would our bodies be like without bones?

Mystery Science has an entirely interactive experience set up for you and your kids. You get to watch videos, create experiments, hypothesize, conduct research, and find the results. It is an incredible online journey using art, engineering, and mechanics to learn more about our own skeletal systems.

This fun Halloween themed activity with not only entertain your kids it will also educate them and give them the opportunity to try something they may never have tried before. Head on over to Mystery Science for the full tutorial.

Talking to Your Kids: Ways to Open up Conversation

Do you ever feel like you know very little about your kids? I spend more time with my kids than I spend doing anything else in my life. Yet, I don’t always feel as if I know them deeply enough. What are they feeling, what are they thinking? How was their day at school? I mean I ask them this everyday, but I get those blah-blah answers that get us nowhere.

I have done a lot of reading on the subject and have discovered other ways to get my kids to open up, by using open-ended questions and asking them leading questions I have discovered so much more about their day and what they are feeling and thinking.

I joined a 5-day parenting challenge with Nina at Sleeping Should Be Easy, and we did a lot of research and practiced using special questions that helped to open conversations with our kids. She even has an ebook that helps stressed parents manage their time.

We are enjoying learning more about talking with our kids — instead of to our kids — and it has been helpful to find ways to be more productive as a family. Be sure to check out her ebook and try some of the open-ended questions with your kids. Even just using a few of them on the way home from school pick-up has changed the openness between my oldest and myself. I now know more about the first grade than I ever knew before!

Science Freaks: Make and Egg Shell Disappear

Have you ever wondered what an egg looks like on the inside? Eggs are such a unique and special part of life. But when you crack them open they are different than they looked before. It is nearly impossible to see what they look like, untouched inside the shell. Or is it?

This fun experiment from Go Science Girls will help you to finally see inside of an egg. This is so different than a hard boiled egg which only lets you see the firm outer egg white layer. This experiment will help you to remove the outer shell while keeping the white membrane and yellow yolk fully intact.

This experiment can pose a few questions. Is the egg white an important part of the egg? What protects the eggs, the shell, or the egg white? What will happen if the egg shell is removed? what will happen if there is no egg white?

Discuss with your kids why both the egg shell and the white membrane are important. Check out this article about the anatomy of an egg and why each part is important.

Head on over to Go Science Girls for a full tutorial on how to achieve this incredible science experiment. Be sure to check out some other cool experiments while you are there. They do not disappoint!