Vanilla Ice was king of the suburban rap scene for a good three or four months back in middle school. But if you want to help your kids become fans of science for a lot longer than that, just get them to stop, collaborate and listen to this totally fun experiment!
Who It’s For: Kids ages 3 and up
What They’ll Learn: The scientific method, states of matter, why they should listen to you when you tell them not to leave the freezer wide open for no good reason
What You Need: Three bowls, three ice cubes, a refrigerator
Kids are scary smart these days, aren’t they? The “exasperated” kid’s mom certainly knows what we’re talking about:
It seems like almost every time we turn around, one of our miniature megaminds is surprising us by saying some crazy big word – like “disintegrate” from our four-year-old, or “booger” from her little brother. (Most of the time, they even use the words accurately!)
Well a couple of weeks ago, the Doctor and the Dad got a little too excited for our daughter’s first day of school.
We woke up early, made sure everyone had a good breakfast, unsuccessfully tried to convince our preschooler not to wear seventeen multi-colored clips and bows in her hair all at once, took a bunch of pictures outside our front door, and loaded the whole family into the car to go drop our big girl off at school.
Summer is ending and kids are getting back to school. We know that lots of you are already making an effort to make the most of this season’s remaining sunshine by spending as much time as you can outside. But in case you needed another excuse to head outdoors…
The Doctor and the Dad (and the Daughter and the Son) are on vacation this week. And let us tell you, it is awesome!
If you and your brood haven’t taken a big, relaxing break together lately, you really owe it to yourselves to schedule one. Research shows that family vacations contribute positively to family bonding, communication and solidarity. Plus, they’re a ton of fun, too!
…Unless, of course, they end up being as disappointing…
Over the past few weeks we’ve given you some cool, research-based tips for pumping up your parental happiness, like this one and this one and this one too. Today we’re giving you one more tip…because giving makes us happy!
You know how it feels to give someone a really great gift? You’ve gone out of your way to pick something you know they’re going to love. You anticipate them opening the gift even more than you anticipate opening any gifts of your own. And when they finally tear through all the tape and tissue paper and feast their eyes on your amazingly thoughtful surprise, the joyous look on their face makes you feel amazing!