Children, grandchildren and children close to your family all have birthdays throughout the year. Why not give a science gift to them? Why not order for several children while your at it so you can get that off your busy checklist? Hopefully, these ideas may help. AND they can be sent directly to any address you ask.
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Next trip to the pharmacy - pick up several bars of Ivory soap and have FUN making a cumulus cloud in your microwave. This will look very close to the real thing. While you're making it, ask some questions to your child - and then go outside to see if you can identify any of the clouds in the sky. Sometimes people have a cloud hanging over them - and they don't know how to get rid of it. Sometimes your child does. This could be a good segway to starting a discussion!
Here is experiment #6 from our book that you may have fun doing with your family - with lots of probing questions to get science discussions going. Then go outside and take a colored plastic glass and cut out some round plastic pieces from plastic or paper plates; or plastic coffee lid -and see who can turn a glass upside down - with water in it! Did you know that pressure fluctuations on the ear can affect behavior? Just ask a teacher about her students.