Making a Model Lung

Science Fun: How Lungs Work This model demonstrates how lungs work. Air is taken in through the mouth and nose, passes down the windpipe and into our lungs. The straw represents the wind pipe. The diaphragm at the bottom of our chest moves down to create more space. As we breathe out the diaphragm raises […]

Why Kids are Finicky Eaters

What Science Shows Works with Finicky Eaters Babies have a healthy appetite and then a common shift takes place and they become picky eaters at about 2-years-old. The reasons are instinctual. All people were hunters and gatherers for the majority of human existence. We needed to store energy in the form of fat as much […]

Science Detective

Fingerprinting Science Fingerprinting is one form of biometrics, a science that uses people’s physical characteristics to identify them. Fingerprints are ideal for this purpose because they are an inexpensive way to collect and analyze. They never change, even as people age. No two fingerprints are exactly alike and have been used in crime scene investigations. […]

Fun with Clouds

Making a Condensation Chamber Children love to gaze at the changing shapes of clouds and watch them go by overhead. But, do the youngsters you care for know how clouds are formed? Teach them with these two super easy activities: You Will Need: Mirror Water Two clear plastic cups What to Do: 1. Have them […]

Foam Beehive: Bubble Science

Creative Wednesdays All children love bubbles. They will all love this bubble science experiment. When bubbles connect to one another, they create a shape with minimal surface area. If three bubbles unite, they arrange themselves into a 120 degree angle from one another to create a perfect hexagonal shape — exactly like a beehive. Bees […]

Color Bubble Painting: Bubble Science

Creative Wednesdays What kid doesn’t love bubbles? What child doesn’t love painting and science experiments? My youngest charge absolutley loves doing this color bubble painting project. There are two ways to make bubble painting. It’s very important that the child is old enough to be able to blow out of the straws and not suck […]

Ball in a Funnel: Indoor Science Fun

Creating Low Atmospheric Pressure   Here is an easy indoor science project to do with the kids. What will happen when you blow a ball in a funnel? No matter hard you blow the ball, the ball will remain inside the funnel. Logic suggests that the ball will hover or fly out of the funnel. But […]

Making a Firefly Lantern

Fireflies in the Night by Judy Hawes Although some kids may have started school already across the nation, it’s still officially summer. Summertime is the time to catch fireflies at night. Fireflies are beetles. Most fireflies emit light; one known species does not. Male fireflies blink light from their abdomen to find a female to […]

Weigh Away: Light, Lighter, Lightest

Making a Balance Scale Make a simple balance scale with the help from the children. Once completed provide the children with the opportunity to independently weigh toys and other household objects. Encourage children to gather an assortment of items and test predictions about which things will be heavier or lighter. To make the activity more challenging […]

Inspiring Learning Thru Everyday Activities

Supporting Success in School at Home Success in school requires support at home. As nannies we have a unique opportunity to teach children in important ways that cannot be taught in school. It is up to us to make learning experiences in everyday activities. We can even help children too young for school to develop […]