After School Learning for Kids: Build a Nest

We thoroughly enjoyed watching this Bewick’s Wren (if my bird identification skills are correct) build a nest in the bird house we have on our little patio this past week! Unfortunately, it disappeared partway through the week, so I’m wondering if it decided that my kids were a little loud. It also kept trying to […]

Plant Biology for Kids

I am a huge fan of teaching plant biology for kids – they have a natural fascination about the world around them, and they remember scientific terms easily. Spring is a great time to start gardening with kids, and you don’t have to wait for spring temperatures to get started! This post includes affiliate links to […]

Using Microscopes With Young Children

I have always felt that it was a shame that young children typically don’t get much exposure to biology. People balk at using microscopes with young children, but I find that, given a good introduction on to how to use a microscope properly, the vast majority of kids aged four and older are perfectly capable […]

Studying Rocks

I know that seven-year-old Emma has especially enjoyed a lesson at school when she comes home and repeats it for her younger brothers and sister! On Friday, she created an afterschool activity for five-year-old Johnny and four-year-old Lily all about studying rocks – washing them, and classifying them based on different characteristics. Since Emma only […]

Growing Salt Crystals

Do you recognize our salt crystals experiment from this post? It started off like this: We wound up with nicer crystals in the bowl where the water evaporated than on the sponge itself; I’m not sure why. We plan to grow sugar crystals next, as soon as I get organized. We’re growing mung bean sprouts […]