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Fun things to do at home, including science and art activities --and the books they connect with
Elemental Ornaments on a tree

Exploration and Observation: Elemental Ornaments

In this week’s book, The Reinvention of Edison Thomas, one of the ways Eddy calms himself down is by reciting the elements from the periodic table. Some of the words he recites like chlorine and iron) are probably familiar, while others (scandium!) are…not so familiar. All matter (everything that takes up space and has mass) is made up […]

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Inspired By: The Reinvention of Edison Thomas by Jacqueline Houtman

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Astronomy, Weather

Exploration and Observation: Make a Sundial

Lots of attention has been paid to the Mayan calendar lately, but the Mayans actually had many scientific achievements, including astronomy, agriculture, and this week’s activity, sundials. Even Max Murphy could handle this one! This guest post was written by one of my very favorite people, Laura Cotts. Laura has taught math, physics, and astronomy courses and […]

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Created By: astronomer and physicist Laura Cotts

Inspired By: Middleworld by J&P Voelkel


Painting of animals by Arlene Braithwaite

Desert Animal Olympics

In this week’s book, One Day in the Desert by Jean Craighead George, we met tons of cool desert animals: roadrunner, peccaries, tarantulas, headstand beetles, desert tortoises, honey pot ants, elf owls, foxes, and even a mountain lion. These animals have all made adaptations so they’re fit to live in such a dry climate. But they’re amazing […]

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Inspired By: One Day in the Desert by Jean Craighead George

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Bird Behavior Scavenger Hunt

In this week’s book, Moonbird by Phillip Hoose, we read the true story of a bird that’s flown an amazing distance in its life. This week’s science activity is a guest post by biologist (and good friend) Kate Grandison, who knows a whole lot about birds. Take it away, Kate! Look what that bird’s doing! Birds not only […]

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Created By: biologist Kate Grandison

Inspired By: Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose

Vermeer painting of girl

Modern-Day Vermeer

In this week’s book, Chasing Vermeer, Petra and Calder saved a famous painting by paying attention to details and never giving up. They also learned that there are imitation Vermeer paintings that people used to think were the real thing! For this week’s art activity, we’re not going to make an imitation Vermeer, we’re going to […]

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Inspired by: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Drawing of bird by audobon

Drawing Like Audubon: Learning to See

Today’s guest post is from artist, author, and all-around lovely person Kate Birch. Visit her blog here and look for some of her own original artwork! Kate took a page out of this week’s book, Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, and gives us this great activity so we can learn to draw from Audubon’s work just like […]

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Inspired by: Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt