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Growing Alum Geodes

What you will need:
1 Cup Hot Water 
4 Tablespoons Powdered Alum 
Half an Egg Shell (clean) 
Small Paintbrush 
Food Coloring or Dye (optional) 
Paper Towel/Coffee Filter
Clean Jar
White Glue
Latex/Rubber Gloves

1. With a paintbrush, apply white glue to the inside of a clean, dry eggshell. Sprinkle with alum powder until completely coated. Allow to dry overnight.
2. Pour 1 cup hot water into the jar.
3. Slowly stir in 4 tablespoons alum, a little at a time, making a saturated solution. You will know when the solution is saturated when ...


Growing Alum Crystals

Growing a Seed Crystal
What you will need:
1/2 Cup Hot Water
2 Tablespoons Alum
Clean Jar
Paper Towel/Coffee Filter

1. Pour 1/2 cup hot water into the jar.
2. Slowly stir in 2 tablespoons alum, a little at a time, making a saturated solution. You will know when the solution is saturated when you can see a little alum powder at the bottom of the jar. A small amount is okay. If needed,
microwave the jar for a few seconds to re-heat the water and allow for more alum to dissolve.
3. Loosely cover jar with paper towel or ...


Slime Science Recipes!

Insta-Snow Slime


1 tsp Insta-Snow

Liquid Starch

1 Bottle Elmer's No-Run School Glue Gel (an extra bottle on hand may be a good idea)


Put Insta-Snow in a bowl.  Add a splash of liquid starch to the snow and stir (it might look a little crumbly at first, keep stirring).  Add enough liquid starch after the first is incorporated until it is liquidy (should look transparent and like there is more liquid than snow).  Add the full bottle of glue and stir. If it is too sticky, add a little more liquid starch to the bowl. It may form a clump ...


National Puzzle Month

Our guest blogger this week is Melissa, from Melissa & Doug!  She writes:

January is National Puzzle Month, and it always brings me back to the early days of puzzles and why puzzles were not only our VERY FIRST category of wooden products, but the dearest to my heart!!!

I am convinced that EVERY CHILD needs puzzles in their young lives for proper development, as puzzles are one of the key building blocks to early learning. Here are a few reasons why:

Manipulating the pieces of a puzzle develops the small hand muscles of children. Fine motor ...


Prepare For The Fair

"Science fair is when?”  

“What's the best way to choose a topic?”

“I don’t even know where to begin!” 

For many teachers, the annual science fair is looming near, and it can be overwhelming for teachers, parents, and students.  Now, with the shift to NextGen Science standards and STEM, science fair isn't just for the big kids.  Elementary students are now being expected to conduct short research projects based on focused questions that demonstrate their understanding of the scientific inquiry process. Because of this, more and more elementary schools are hosting science fairs and science expos as ...


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