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Learning to Read

My husband remembers learning to read by staring at the cereal box every morning as a kid. We have something similar going on here, but yet not quite…

Cutie Pie was reading the back of my almond milk container and couldn’t quite decipher a word. Ever since, ‘Nutrition Facts’ has been ‘Nitrogen Facts!’ (said with much enthusiasm!)

I love that Cutie Pie is reading everything in sight, and little things like this really add to the fun of it!


Got a Dinosaur Lover? (Book review)

Cutie Pie recently checked out the book called Dinosaur Discovery Everything You Need to be a Paleontologist by Chris McGowan, illustrated by Erica Lyn Schmidt. If you have a dinosaur lover in your house you should really take a look at this book!

What we really like about this book is that it contains experiments as well as shares so much detail about dinosaurs. Other books are great at details like how fast a dinosaur probably ran, or how big it was compared to a bus.

Dinosaur Discovery, however, shares interesting details. For instance, for the brachiosaurus “Vertebrae the trunk vertebrae have larger hollows in their sides than the neck vertebrae. These deep openings reduced weight but not strength.” Cutie Pie ate this information right up!

In addition, it contains several unique experiments that are fun to do and help in understanding things such as why a dinosaur held its tail up off the ground, or how different length crests on parasaurolophuses might have produced different sounds.

If you have a dinosaur lover in your home, one who knows so much about dinosaurs but keeps asking for more books, check this one out. We think the details you find inside might just be different enough to satisfy any budding paleontologist!

Tomorrow I will be posting about one of the experiments we did from this book, just to give you an idea of what you will find!

Inflating Balloon Experiment

I’ve seen this experiment several places, so I take no responsibility it. We’ve also done this experiment a few times before and each time it gets my boys’ attention. Most recently, I’ve seen this in the book Child’s Play by Leslie Hamilton, listed as Magic Balloon.

You’ll need a balloon, small pop bottle, baking soda, vinegar and a funnel.

Use the funnel to put about 1 tablespoon of baking soda into the balloon. Use it again to put 1 to 2 inches of vinegar into the pop bottle.

Secure the mouth of the balloon to the mouth of the pop bottle by making sure the baking soda is the the bottom of the balloon and then folding the balloon over so the baking soda doesn’t fall into the balloon. Work with only the mouth of the balloon. Yes, I know, this takes some coordination!

Hold onto the balloon tightly while your child lifts the baking soda-filled part of the balloon, letting the baking soda fall into the vinegar.

What happens? Gas is formed by mixing the baking soda (a base) with the vinegar (an acid) and the gas fills the balloon!

Can you tell there are two underlying themes this week? If you guessed ‘what we did this summer’ and ‘balloons’ then you are right!

If you liked this experiment you may also like: Balloon Rocket!

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