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Going Pink to Show Support

Looking for Learning Laboratory? It’s on hold this week, but you can continue to add posts to last week’s Learning Laboratory linky, which I will be going through to choose features for my post on the 29th.

Go Pink Blog Hop, Kid Bloggers Joining Together to Go Pink for Breast Cancer Support

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I’ve banded together with a group of other bloggers to voice support. I’ve also opened up the Small Hands Creating Hope fundraiser for the month. So far we have raised $1,245 dollars for the American Cancer Society to use for research, education, advocacy, and patient services! Go to the Small Hands Creating Hope page for more information, or donate directly here.

My kids are very young, and I’m slightly overwhelmed with a a 2-month-old, 3-year-old, 4-year-old, and 6-year-old, so we haven’t done much, but we did start a pink-tinted experiment in honor of the month:

growing crystals

Can you tell what it is? Both Mike and Lily have asked if they can eat the watermelon on the counter. We got a big over-enthusiastic with the red food coloring, and it is closer to watermelon red than your standard pink! It’s actually a dog-shaped sponge sitting in salt water. We’re hoping to grow some crystals!

Doing a science experiment is a fitting way for my family to observe this month – my first proper job was working in a genetics lab at Stanford University, looking at the make-up of breast cancer tumors. Those tumors were absolutely hideous, and while I found a certain satisfaction in chopping them up for analysis, I would love for researchers to find a way to do away with them for good.

Do you have a breast cancer themed post to share? Link up to our blog hop – cohosted by The Educators’ Spin On It, RainbowsWithinReach, Projects for Preschoolers, Raising Figure Skaters, Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers, Home Learning Journey, GoKidYourself, Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails, and Mama Smiles


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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

14 thoughts on “Going Pink to Show Support”

  1. What a great project to show your support for breast cancer awareness! I can only imagine how hideous tumors must look like.

  2. I hope your science experiment works! Will the crystals just start to form on the sponge? I love all that you do to raise funds and bring awareness to cancer. We are thoroughly enjoying your small hands creating hope book.

    1. I’m so glad you like the book! The crystals are supposed to just form on the sponge – and this morning we do have some tiny ones along the top! I hope we get a bunch!!!

  3. As you know, I’ve lost several friends and relatives to cancer, so it’s personal to me too. I’m so proud and happy for how well you’ve done with this!

  4. I seem to be in a cancer fog lately. Two friends have passed away in the past 18 months and my neighbor is battling breast cancer. I just want to see a cure!

    I love the science experiment, and I thought it was watermelon too!

    1. I’m so sorry, Christy. It’s a brutal disease. We have two friends battling skin cancer right now, and one with breast cancer.

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