Category Archives: Experiments

Make Your Own Water Xylophone

Need a quick distraction on a busy day? This is a fun project for kids about five years or older. Take a few different glass bottles and fill them to different levels with water. Put a little food coloring in each bottle to make it even more exciting. If you want, hang the bottles from…
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Disappearing Toothpick

Need a little magic to brighten your kids' day? How about a little slight of hand? This trick is great for adults to show children but also then for the kids to try it themselves. It's very simple once you know what's happening behind the scenes. Tape a toothpick to the back of you thumb…
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Cereal Eating Machine

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Kids need energy to concentrate at school or to jump around on the playground, so it's no wonder that parents want them to have a proper breakfast every morning. This father takes breakfast very seriousy too, but also takes into consideration the time factor. Less time…
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Bubbling Lava Experiment

When I was little, my sister and I shared a room and she had the coolest lava lamp. I would fall asleep every night watching it bubble to the top and float to the bottom. So when I saw this experiment that replicates that lava effect, we had to try it out right away. All…
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Shish-Ke-Balloon!

Looking for a way to liven up a party with kids? This trick will have them cringing in anticipations and then gasping in awe at your sweet skills. You only need a skewer, a balloon and a little dish detergent. Make sure you don't blow up the balloon any bigger than the length of your…
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Balancing Act For Kids

Balance is one of those life lessons that everyone needs to learn both figuratively and literally. But for kids, literal balance is where it's at. Here's an interesting way for kids to learn about balance. All you need for this experience is a hanger, some string and two equal buckets. Hang your hanger on a…
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Magical Self-moving Toothpick Star

Here's a fun and easy experiment to do with your kids in a slow moment of the day. All you need is five toothpicks, a plate, a straw and a glass of water. Snap your toothpicks in half but don't separate them completely. Arrange the broken toothpicks equally apart in a circle. Use the straw…
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Teabag Liftoff

Want to impress your kids? Show them this trick of a magical, flying teabag. All you need is: A glass A teabag Scissors And matches Cut the top off the teabag and empty it out. Stand it upright in your glass. Light the top with a match. The fun part comes at the end when…
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Flick it: Game With The Law Of Motion

This is a little game we call 'Flick It'. Great fun and adaptable to any location. We put a piece of sturdy cardboard over the top of a glass, place different objects on top and try to flick the cardboard straight out so the object falls into the glass.  It's actually based on the law of…
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Chicken In A Cup

Today we found a funny experiment to try with your kids that will have your house sounding like a barn yard. Take a plastic cup and poke a hole in the top with something sharp. A sturdy plastic cup  will give you a better grip later. Tie a piece of yarn to a paper clip…
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Mouthwatering Sesame Street Cupcakes!

These Cookie Monster cupcakes are the perfect combination of funny and delicious that younger kids will love. Also, they are so easy to make that you can include your little helpers in the process! Whether for a party at school or at home or even just to make a regular day a little extra special, these cupcakes are just the thing to put a smile on your child's face.

cookie monster cupcakesHere's the recipe we used for our chocolate cupcakes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • icing sugar
  • blue food coloring

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C). Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Fill the muffin cups .

3. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

4. For the icing, melt a tablespoon of butter and add icing sugar, a splash of lemon juice (or just water) and blue food coloring and mix it well.

5. Frost with the blue icing and  dip it into coconut. Make the google eyes with marshmallows (small pieces cut from the big ones) and a dot of black icing. Hold the cookie into the mouth with icing or alternatively use a sugar candy tongue.

Nom, nom, nom!

Snow fun inside!

Now that winter is officially here I'm ready for some snow! I love snow but usually only for the first time every winter. I only like it when it's pretty and white and when I can stay inside and look at it from my window while sipping hot cocoa. Then I saw this cute indoor…
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Hilarious Hats with food

Look what I found! I know we are not supposed to play with our food, but I think we can make an exception for these. Especially if it can make our kids enjoy eating healthy food. How about a cute little cap for a banana? Or do you like the raspberry knit cap?  And even tomatos…
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