Showing posts with label Science. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Science. Show all posts

March 25, 2012

Milk Jug Bird Bath & Peanut Butter Bird Feeders

Last year we had a lot of fun making peanut butter bird feeders. Our son, C, in particular loved it so much, he wanted to do it again this year, but also add a bird bath. He could see all those birds starting to gather in our backyard and wanted to give them a place to get water and bathe. So, we set to work gathering our supplies.

The bird bath was very simple. C wanted the bath to have a covering on it so we took a gallon milk jug and cut a large hole in the side of it. We then cut a length of yarn, put both into the opening at the top and screwed on the cap. That is what we used to hang the bird bath in our tree.

Last year we used crushed corn seeds to make our bird feeders, but we didn't have any this year. So, to make our peanut butter bird feeders, we covered two toilet paper tubes in peanut butter. Then we rolled them in crushed oatmeal and peanuts. This worked perfectly!

And then my lovely mom (and always willing participant) helped us hang them in the tree.


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March 21, 2012

Biblical Truth in Science Experiments

Recently, I joined the writer's team over at the Hip Homeschool Moms. I had no idea what a blessing this would be to me. I am honored to be a part of this incredible team of women who love their families as they journey through homeschooling. I appreciate and am thankful for each one of them.

My very first post is up on their site today. I'm talking about how we can teach biblical truths to our kids through science experiments and have tons of fun doing it! Come on over and check it out at: Hip Homeschool Moms  

***UPDATE*** This is one of my most favorite science experiments to do with my boys. They ask to do this one over and over again and can tell you the biblical truth we attached to this activity by heart. If you try this at home with your kids, I'd love to hear how it went. What did they think of the experiment itself and did the biblical truth shine through and make sense to them? It's so fun to come up with these truths together as dive into science! Leave me a comment about the kinds of science experiments you're enjoying with your kids. I'd love to hear about them.

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March 20, 2012

Top 10 Reasons We Love Spring!

Finally, it's Spring. The last 6 months in the Pacific Northwest felt particularly long this year. I'm sure I say that every year. Nonetheless, I'm grateful. For us living in the rainier part of the country, I feel very thankful for a new season filled with hope and newness. Here are my top ten reasons why...

1. My boys love to pick flowers for me and I love it when one of them hands me my first Crocus of the season.

2. The longer daylight hours provide hope and excitement for the longer sunnier days ahead...we get to be outside all the time!

 3. We can take our school work outside once in a while, which also includes a lot of critter gathering...SCIENCE!

4. Our Outdoor Adventure Club happens more regularly. In these wetter parts, sometimes you have to just throw on your technical gear (waterproof everything) and get out in the weather...but I am always thankful when we can shed our layers and let the sun touch our skin.

5. I know it's still pretty wet around here in the Spring, but I'm hopeful. Drier, warmer days are ahead and we are looking forward to playing more often with friends outside.

6. Baseball season begins....

7. On the days that are still cold, but dry, we love to head up to the lake near our house and explore!

8. Spring is the time of year when all of our babies were born, so for's also birthday season!

9. It means cold and flu season are on it's way OUT!!!! With four young kids in our home, it takes forever for and illness to make it's way out of our home. I'm seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

10. Spring cleaning! Need I say more? OK, actually that there is this strange light that streams through our windows more often, I can see the dust and the dirt everywhere. I also get a sudden urge to purge at this time of year. I love the feeling of organizing the things we want to keep and getting rid of those things we just don't need anymore, but someone else might.

I love having a reason to look back over the last couple years in photos and ponder the many reasons why we love Spring!

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