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Microscope fun for toddlers - household substances edition

Dear hivemind: I'm going to bring a 300X video microscope to my daughter's preschool. What easily obtainable substances will be super cool to view? Bacteria are too small, red blood cells are a biohazard. Toddlers could care less about onion skins, cork, and plant vasculature in my experience, and I am not doing anything that requires fixing/staining. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Nov 12, 2015 - 21 answers

You know, so she can cure cancer or collect cool rocks and stuff.

What can I do to turn a play room into an awesome laboratory for a six-year-old? [more inside]
posted by Missense Mutation on Nov 3, 2015 - 19 answers

Bedroom decor for a scientifically inclined six year-old

DirtyOldTown and I have a pretty great six year-old boy child who is spending the week at his grandma's house and during that time, we're moving him into a larger bedroom. His last room was Lego-themed, but we want to give him a room that's a little broader and a little less merchandising specific this time around. Really, we are less about a theme and more about filling the room with cool stuff he would like, so that when he comes home and sees it, he'll be drawn to it and start enjoying some independent time. (He never enjoyed hanging out in his tiny bedroom he was in before). Looking for fun (and not overly expensive) ideas for knick knacks, doo dads, wall art, etc. to make an inquisitive junior scientist excited about his new lair. [more inside]
posted by Comrade Doll on Jul 12, 2015 - 21 answers

Why are there colors? Explain like I'm six.

My six-year-old son asked me a question I'm stumped by (one of many). He asked "Why are there different colors?" I half-attempted an explanation about light wavelengths and light reflecting off surfaces and soon realized I was a) over his head and b) over my own head. How would you explain the concept of color--of what color really is--to a six-year-old? Obviously very simple language is needed here.
posted by zardoz on Apr 23, 2015 - 28 answers

Fun experiments with an electronics kit for a 7 year old

I would love some suggestions for science experiments with the Cambridge BrainBox electronics kit. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Mar 7, 2014 - 7 answers

What science experiments can I do with a balloon full of carbon dioxide?

This Halloween I did some Halloween candy science experiments with my nieces and nephew. One of the experiments we didn't get to do (but soon will) is: Pouring Pop Rocks into a bottle of pop will make all that pent-up carbon dioxide escape but not fizz over. If you put the rocks into a balloon, then fit the balloon over the bottle's mouth and let the rocks fall in, it inflates the balloon with carbon dioxide. But what can I do with a balloon full of carbon dioxide? ...Is it a stupid idea to inhale it to see if I get a funny voice? [more inside]
posted by Jacob Knitig on Nov 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Do astronauts play just games in space or do they actually work?

What is the best book to introduce pre-teens to how science works in space? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Feb 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Science. SCIENCE!!!!

Looking for child development milestones, with an emphasis on experiments, neural processing goobles, and mad science shenanigans! Tell me what weird experiments I can conduct with my child.... [more inside]
posted by amanda on Sep 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me find this science book aimed at kids.

What was that book? 1970s or early 1980s science book for kids, illustrated with black and white photographs. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Jul 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Microscope and telescope for a 4.5-year-old?

Can I get a telescope and microscope for around $150 (or less) that will be impressive to a 4.5-year-old boy, and still be useful for a few years? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Jul 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Nonfiction books for 9 year olds

Great non-fiction books for a smart 9 year old search: my kindle owning niece is embarking on summer vacation. I'd like to gift her some good books to fill up her summer days... she reads a huge amount, and I'd really like to encourage this. She's nine but has a roughly 9th grade reading level, so she's definitely capable of handling somewhat advanced books, and she's curious about a wide range of things. Really I'm looking for pretty much anything non-fiction & interesting. [more inside]
posted by lyra4 on Jun 24, 2012 - 27 answers

Who is today's Asimov?

Fans of popular science writing: who is the 21st century's Isaac Asimov? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Apr 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Beyond Bradbury.

SciFi for middle schoolers. [more inside]
posted by brynna on Aug 20, 2011 - 42 answers

Avoiding the "summer slide"

Primary school gets out tomorrow. I know it is common for kids to have a "summer slide" where they forget a lot of what they've learned over the year. Recommend some fun math and science sites/projects/activities for elementary school age kids that will keep them refreshed and interested. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Jun 2, 2011 - 20 answers

"Guys, other teachers may glossed over this evolution thing, so today..."

What's the best way to financially support of evolution education in Kansas? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Dec 30, 2010 - 5 answers

What makes a drawing robot vibrate?

You have a motor. You attach a weight to the shaft, and now you have an eccentric motor. Why does it vibrate? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Jul 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Vintage seed bombing

Seed-bombing filter: Are latex balloons OK to throw into vacant lots? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Jun 12, 2010 - 17 answers

Woah! That's awesome! I wanna do that!

What are your favorite technology demos? What inspires you to follow technology? [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft on Mar 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Funky science displays for kids?

I have just started as a school science technician at an inner city school. Over the holiday I would like to spruce up the 5 science classrooms with displays covering the various disciplines. Does anyone know of any online resources, posters to download/print etc? [more inside]
posted by Saddo on Oct 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Good microscope for kids?

What's a decent microscope for a seven-year old boy? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo on Nov 15, 2008 - 10 answers

Are there any CS/Engr Books for kids?

When asked, I couldn't recommend any good Computer Science or Engineering books for kids. Do such books exist? To avoid buying a stack and going through them myself, can anyone recommend any? [more inside]
posted by billy_the_punk on Apr 20, 2008 - 8 answers

Earth Science for kids?

Earth Science books for kids? [more inside]
posted by MiffyCLB on Nov 24, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me find my childhood science book

Anyone remember a great kids science book from the late 70's to the mid 80's? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on Oct 19, 2007 - 5 answers

Hard science for lil' shavers

I want to give my 4 year old a decent grounding in science, but I'm prety dim, myself. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by maryh on Oct 4, 2006 - 23 answers

Science books for a second grader

Science-y books for my little brother (a very smart 8 year-old) [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms on May 4, 2006 - 28 answers

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