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How to Grow a Venus Flytrap and Fly Trap Experiments – Science in the Garden

how to grow a venus fly trap - The flytrap plant is an elusive plant that can be hard to care for. Find its history and instructions for caring successfully here along with science experiments and projects to discover how it grows and works. Awesome ideas and tips.

When I was a little girl, my mom had a Venus flytrap. We would tease it by touching its fly-eating pads with a pencil and then watch them snap shut. It was exciting to my wee eyes to see such a deliberate action by something as normally inert as a plant.  Thinking her plant needed her assistance, my mom would carefully pluck the wings off houseflies and feed them to it. When there were no flies to be had, she fed it raw hamburger, cut up in the tiniest pieces. She carefully tended it in this way for years. I … Read more

Paper Airplane Science – An Experiment Designed and Tested by Your Kids

Paper Airplane Science During my undergraduate education at Penn State, I learned that students learn best when they are in the driver’s seat – when they are figuring out what to study, when they are designing the study, when they are identifying the problem and creating the experiment. This is not usually feasible in a public school setting, but in a homeschool, why not? It makes perfect sense. In this experiment, the student is in control. After you teach her about the scientific method, give her the printable from this scientific method post or the printable below (they are basically … Read more

The Science of Slime – It’s Way More Than Polymers

Borax slime is fun for kids, and these activities will have your kids learning while they play. This post lists out 10+ different science topics - everything from polymers to non-Newtonian fluids - that will teach kids lots of great science concepts through play! Includes a recipe.

Grace, my 10-year-old, is obsessed with slime. So much so that she received a gallon of Elmer’s glue (it’s very economical) and a large box of Borax for her birthday on June 2, and she is about 3/4 of the way through the glue already. She makes slime every single day. We are year-round homeschoolers, and I was planning for July and August last weekend. Grace saw me going over lessons and coming up with activities, and she asked if we could study slime. Why have I never thought of that before? Grace is a very reluctant learner. She hates … Read more

T-Shirt Chromatography – Art & Science Experiment for Kids

T-shirt chromatography is an “experiment” that dates the whole way back to my days in the science museum in the ’90s. We routinely did paper chromatography at our Discovery Bar on the museum floor, and I decided to try the same thing with t-shirts and Sharpie markers. I may not have discovered the concept of Sharpie marker chromatography, but I was definitely early on in the idea. Back then, I had the kids stretch their shirts over buckets and drip rubbing alcohol on the design with an eye dropper. That was fun, but it was also tedious. I didn’t think my kids (especially … Read more

Paper Towers – Kids Science Project and S.T.E.M. Challenge

This is a very simple engineering activity that uses trash to make a cool project. Grace did it once a few months ago at the Girls in STEM workshop at a local science center, and she loved it. I’m sure your kids will love it, too. Grab a big stack of scrap paper and get started. (We keep a box for scrap paper – papers where one side has been printed on, usually for contracts, misprints, calendars, and the like.) Paper Tower Materials A roll of masking tape A stack of 8.5″x11″ paper – We used plain white typing paper, but … Read more

How to Make a Pitfall Bug Trap – Easy Kids Science Project

Today, we are answering the question, What insects live in my yard? This particular project posed a few problems where my own children were concerned: They were away for the weekend, camping with my sister. They hate bugs. They hate anything that might be related to bugs. Did I mention that they are not at all interested in small things that have 6 and 8 legs? No, not at all. So I knew I wanted to do a project dealing with creepy crawly things, because some kids are interested in those, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity. Joe and … Read more