Why T-Rex could eat rotten meat and you can’t

There it is again! That horrible stink!  I retrace my steps, stop in front of the living room window, and sniff the air.  The narrow space behind the squat, leather arm-chair is difficult to squeeze into, but that seems to…
Pirate Science – 20 ways to play and learn

There are lots of wonderful science topics in a fascinating world of pirates – boat engineering, star navigation, cartography,..  We really enjoy looking closely at different aspects of pirates lives and doing related hands-on activities.  I ended up putting together a…
Surprising Science for kids: LEGO and Sand

Have you ever looked at a bowl of mixed nuts and wondered why all the large nuts are on top?  It seems to be counterintuitive.  What’s more, it’s totally inconvenient, if like me you prefer smaller nuts. My favorite nuts…
How to make a LEGO airplane “really” fly

The question of how to make LEGO airplanes fly came up in our house at regular intervals ever since my kids started making them.  “There got to be a way to make it move through the air without me holding…
Wolf Science: exploring the sense of smell

My science posts are designed to show children that science is all around them in everything they do.  When I just started a unit on wolves with my kids I wasn’t sure what element of science we would address.  My…
Waldorf-Inspired Summer Activities

There are many reasons I am drawn to Waldorf education.  I love the idea of honoring children and letting them learn at their own pace.  I love the emphasis on educating the whole child – physically, emotionally, spiritually – and…
Amazing Soda Can: Twisting Experiment

Summer is the best time for outdoor science experiments.  We always seem to tackle harder science topics in the summer because the days are longer and the minds are sharper from all that extra time spent outside.  Today we are…
Water Resistance Experiments for Kids

Anyone who watches Olympic sports is bound to be puzzled: the athletes often seem to defy the laws of science that limit the rest of us.  What you see is of course a result of thousands of hours of training,…
The Physics of Twisting for Kids

The Summer Olympics start in 60 days and I’m very excited.  Like most Russian girls,  I once dreamed of a career as a professional gymnast.  I was born unnaturally flexible and when I was four years old my parents were…