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Six-legged Adventures: Teaching Your Toddler About Insects

Six-legged Adventures: Teaching Your Toddler About Insects
“A BUG!!” It’s a loud proclamation that I love to hear...as long as we’re outside. Toddlers are fascinated by insects. These creepy crawlers play a...

How Fast Can You Rotate? Teaching Your Toddler About Tornados

How Fast Can You Rotate? Teaching Your Toddler About Tornados
“Mommy, watch me spin!” This has become a common refrain at my house. At first, all I could think about was the inevitable crashing into the furniture that would surely be followed by tears. But there is no stopping this spinning top. So if my little science tyke is going to spin like the winds of a tornado, it’s time to teach her about them.

"Mommy, where does my food go?" A toddler's lesson in digestion

"Mommy, where does my food go?" A toddler's lesson in digestion
“Mommy, the food is in my tummy!” Yes, that’s true, and my little science tyke is capable of understanding this and so much more when it comes to why we need to eat and where our food goes when we do. Food provides the energy our bodies need to work. We need to eat healthy food so that we can run, jump, and play! To get that energy from food, our bodies need to digest the food.

Happy Birthday - How Many Times Have You Orbited the Sun?

Happy Birthday - How Many Times Have You Orbited the Sun?
It’s birthday time! My daughter knew exactly what was involved in a birthday party by the time she was about to turn two year old: cake, balloons, and presents! She also announced for weeks before and after “everybody sing happy birthday to me!” But what if a birthday could be more than just cake, balloons and presents? What if a birthday party could be a fun and meaningful science lesson too! Enter the Happy Birthday Tee!

How are Sounds Made?
Toddler Science With Sound!

How are Sounds Made? <br> Toddler Science With Sound!

You want to teach your toddler about the science of sound. Where do you start?

Grown-Up Info

Sound is a form of energy that we can hear. How do we hear this energy? Sound energy is actually a vibration, or movement back and forth, that travels in waves. When those waves reach your ear, part of the inside of your ear turns the sound energy into electrical energy, which goes to the brain for interpretation. Then your brain says, hey, that’s sound! These sound waves...

"I hear somethin', Mommy!" Toddler Observations Using the Sense of Hearing

"I hear somethin', Mommy!" Toddler Observations Using the Sense of Hearing
“I hear somethin’, Mommy!” has become music to my ears. My little science tyke has always been paying attention to sounds, and now she’s pretty pu...

It's Taste Time - Toddler Taste Observations

It's Taste Time - Toddler Taste Observations
As you’ve probably figured out from my previous posts, I want to explore all of the five senses with my science tyke to lay the foundation for how ...

Sense of Smell Observations - What Does Your Nose Know?

Sense of Smell Observations - What Does Your Nose Know?
Safe smelling. Something about that phrase makes me giggle even though it is a real and valid safety issue. In science, you don’t want to put your ...

Exploring the Sense of Sight

Exploring the Sense of Sight
This week, we focused on the sense of sight. My favorite vision-related moment from the week is when I was giving my two year-old the "you better s...

Exploring the Sense of Touch

Exploring the Sense of Touch

There are a lot of awesome ideas out there for helping toddlers and preschoolers explore their five senses. I decided to start with exploring the sense of touch with my daughter. Although we rarely use our senses totally independent of each other, I thought it would be helpful to give her some experiences that focus on each sense and give us some more context for talking about our experiences to come.

I started with some great Pinterest boards and compiled one of my own. I love Pinterest. The ideas are beautifully compiled and inspire me to be a super-mom. But the reality is that I just want some materials that are quick to pull together or already a part of my daily life. I am not going to spend hours crafting an experience for my kid that meets the rigorous aesthetic standards of most Pinterest posters . You are reading the blog of a person who, before having a child, would pour a bowl of cereal and call it dinner...

Toddler Science - You’ve Got This

Toddler Science - You’ve Got This
I’ve been looking around the internet for science education inspiration for my two year-old. Most of what I found is one-off “experiments” that are really more like cool demos. I love an exploding volcano demo as much as the next person, and demos are good ways to hook kids into a study, but it’s not the foundational kind of work I wanted to do with my daughter in the years...