While most of us think about seeds in the springtime, autumn can be a great time to revisit the topic, investigate and observe leftover seeds from gardening packets, plant a winter windowsill garden, and make fun crafts with scavenged seeds picked up on nature hikes. The next time you need a quiet educational activity for your kids on a cool or rainy fall day, try
*This post contains affiliate links. Fall is here. That means sweatshirts, changing leaves, and pumpkins! I remember how much I loved carving pumpkins growing up. After watching them grow all summer in the garden, in the fall we would finally get to pick just the right one for our jack-o-lanterns. Now, it’s my kids’ turn for pumpkin carving. We don’t grow our own, but Grandpa
*This post contains affiliate links. The fall weather here has been wonderful – perfect weather for a getting outside for a nature study. Luckily, my 2nd grade son’s botany unit in his Nancy Larson Science study just started, so we have been studying plants indoors and out. Sketching Plant Parts We started by taking a look at one of our house plants and naming all the parts
The Lab Report, sponsored by Apologia science, this week is a great science experiment to do with all ages. We are studying flowers right now in our Apologia Biology textbook. One of the labs for this module call for flower dissections. As we did the lab, I realized how easy it was to modify for all ages and still be a great learning experience!
Last week in the Lab Report, we saw enzymes in action. Today, I want to show you an apple experiment that will allow you to see enzymes in action and show you how to prevent the same enzyme activity. Apples contain an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase (phenolase). When an apple is cut, the enzymes inside are released. Oxygen from the air causes phenolase to catalyse (speed