Popsicle stick crafts are a fun way to entertain the kids all summer long. You can either purchase craft sticks at your local Michaels, or rinse and hang onto the seemingly endless supply of sticks from all the popsicles your kids consume. Either way, they’ll have a ton of fun making any of the following popsicle stick crafts!
When you need to busy your kids’ hands and their brains, one way to do just that is to let them conduct kids science experiments. Fun activities that also challenge kids to really think are the activities that promise to entertain and educate all at once. And those are the best kinds of activities for kids! Here are some fun and thought-provoking science experiments to challenge your kids.
Kids Science Experiments
School Science Fair Experiments
A lot of us may not think about kids science experiments until it’s time to come up with a project for the school science fair. If that’s you, I get it! But luckily for both of us, I’ve got a list of science fair project ideas to help you and your kids plan out the perfect one. There’s always the ever-popular flowing volcano!
Quick & Easy Science Experiments
For younger kids, these 5-minute science experiments may be just the perfect diversion for bored minds. They’re easy to do, but yield some seriously cool results! Grab some empty toilet paper rolls, gummy bears and food coloring–you’re going to need it all.
Science Experiments For Snackers
Got a bored and hungry kid on your hands? It’s time to break out the science experiments you can eat! There are tons of fun projects on this list, and all of them yield edible results. Take a look, because I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
DIY Slime Experiments
I’m including slime as a DIY science experiment, because kids love it SO much. Making slime gives kids a chance to learn about chemical reactions. For younger kids who may be tempted to eat what they make, try slime recipes you can eat.
Science Experiments For Kids & Adults
When you have time at home together, science experiments are fun for both kids and parents. It’s also a great idea to involve the kids in home repairs and projects. Show them the “science” behind what you’re doing–nothing like quality time spent working on a project together!
When it’s time to start feeding baby solid foods, you can buy them pre-made if you like. But that isn’t the only option! Do you know you can make nutritious homemade baby foods right at home? It’s easy to do, and it’s going to save you money. Are you ready to learn more?
Nutritious Homemade Baby Foods
Homemade baby foods aren’t difficult. With the right tools, you can make some of them fresh for every meal, in just minutes. You can also prep ahead of time, and refrigerate for a day or two, or freeze for later. There are definitely options. Here are the tips and tricks you need to know to make delicious, nutritious homemade baby foods yourself.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are always an option for homemade baby food, but it isn’t the only one. It’s perfectly acceptable to use fruits and vegetables frozen or canned in their own juices. Don’t use those that are preserved in heavy syrups–that’s way too much sugar for baby.
Making homemade baby food can be simple, or it can be more involved. It all depends on what you want to do. An easy place to begin is with mashed banana, or a mashed up avocado. For an older baby, you can leave small chunks. For a new eater, it’s best to puree it smooth with a food processor or Magic Bullet Baby Care System.
When you make your own baby food, it’s a good idea to try some blends like you’d find on your grocer’s baby care aisle. One delicious blend is carrots & apples. Baby gets more nutrition and learns to be a more adventurous eater too.
Above all, you must be very careful about sanitation when making baby foods at home! Here are some important considerations to make:
- Wash all fresh vegetables and fruits before peeling or cutting.
- Cook vegetables and fruits such as apples until they’re tender.
- Never sweeten fruits or vegetables, especially with honey. Honey is a no-no for infants under 12 months of age!
- Freeze prepared baby foods in small portions. An ice cube tray works really well for this! Once frozen, place cubes of baby food into a resealable plastic freezer bag.
- When pureeing food for baby from your family’s meal, take out baby’s portion at the end of cooking time, but before you season it. Once your baby is older and more used to solid foods, you can puree it after seasoning.
For more homemade baby food ideas, check out 8 Wholesome Recipes for Baby.