17 Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Household Items

A round up of 17 simple science experiments for kids. Foster their love of learning all while using household items! Perfect rainy day activities for kids.

When we’re stuck indoors on a rainy weekend we are always trying to find activities to entertain the kids using things we already have at home.  But usually we end up on our computers for 30 minutes trying to find ideas!  So I thought I’d do a round up post of easy science experiments for kids that only require household ingredients.

A round up of 17 easy science experiments for kids. Foster their love of learning all while using household items! Perfect rainy day activities for kids.

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Easy Science Experiments for Kids

These experiments are best suited for 3-6 year olds I think.  But honestly I really like them, so maybe they’re for all ages!  I’ve included any of the ingredients that you may or may not have on hand so you can easily pick an experiment that you can do right away!

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5 Reasons Why I Won’t Let My Child Pet Your Dog

I don't allow my children to get close to strange dogs. Here are my reasons.

It is astounding the number of times a strange dog as leapt towards my children while the owner claims “don’t worry, he’s very friendly!” How am I supposed to know he’s friendly as my children pull back in fear?  And I’m just supposed to take their word for it?!  Nope.  I don’t think so.  This might ruffle a few feathers, but I don’t allow my children to touch dogs they don’t know.  And owners who encourage my kids to pet their dogs are one of my biggest pet peeves as a mom.  (lol, see what I did there?!)

 

I don't allow my children to get close to strange dogs. Here are my reasons.

Now I’m not anti-dog.  The people closest to me know that I’m not a pet person and I have no intention of becoming a pet owner.  But I don’t hate animals, and I certainly don’t encourage my children to dislike them.  But I do teach my children to be cautious.  And there are way too many pet-owners out there who are undermining my efforts.

These are the main reasons why I won’t allow my kids to pet strange dogs.

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9 Easy Ways For Busy Moms to Practice Self Care

“Self care” is kind of a hot topic for me.  Maybe because it’s such an on-trend concept these days and everybody’s talking about it that I kind of cringe when I hear the term.  It makes me crazy when I see recommendations of “get enough sleep” and “exercise” paraded around as elements of self care.  Those things are actually basic necessities of life. They’re non-negotiable.  Sleeping, eating, movement, are all things I would drop dead without.  To me those things don’t constitute self care.  They constitute survival.

To me, practicing self care is totally essential but also optional.  Here are my 9 simple self care ideas for adding a little calmness into your jam-packed schedule. Self care is the sanity saver portion of motherhood.  And none of my suggestions involve getting more sleep.

As moms, we are busy and we are tired and we hardly ever take time for ourselves. It's hard to imagine finding any time to incorporate self care into our busy schedules. So here are 9 SIMPLE self care ideas to help you unwind and refuel so you can be your best self for your family. These self care ideas for moms will help put a little spring back in your step!

 

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Self care is essential because you can’t drive on an empty tank.  If we don’t find a way to do the things that feed our soul or lift our spirits then we very well may get lost in the struggles of Motherhood.

If our cup is empty, we won’t be able to pour into our families.  It’s that simple and that hard.

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How I Eliminated Dinnertime Stress

Dinnertime used to be the hardest part of my day. But with this solution, my hungry dinner stress is gone!

Since having kids, dinnertime has been a super stressful part of the day.  I don’t know what it is about the five o’clock hour that makes children a little bonkers, but I think it’s fairly common.  The kiddos are extra needy and demanding when I’m trying to prep dinner.  Compound that with the fact that I hate cooking and absolutely despise having to come up with meal ideas and you’ve got a recipe for a cranky monster of a mama.

Dinnertime used to be the hardest part of my day. But with this solution, my hungry dinner stress is gone!

“What’s the Hardest Part of your Day?”

I was chatting with a friend a few months ago about my daily struggles.  She’s a ‘let’s take action’ kind of mom which is just what I needed, she’s a good listener too but has no patience for excuses.  So she asked me a simple question: “What’s the hardest part of your day?” I thought for a sec and replied “Dinnertime.” Without a doubt.  Then she asked: “What can you do make dinnertime easier?”

And I didn’t really know how to respond!  There are so many aspects of motherhood and life in general that are hard, that I use up all my energy just to survive that I didn’t even consider that there might be an easier way.  I think I had resigned myself to the idea that dinnertime was hellish and always would be!

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52 Gift Ideas for Kids

52 Non-toy gift ideas for kids to foster creativity, education and adventure all while making wonderful memories! For their next birthday don't just grab them a toy, plan ahead a little and get them something they'll adore and remember for years to come!

My kids have hit the age where they are regularly getting invited to birthday parties.  And birthday parties mean gifts.  But these days, it feels as if kids have way too much stuff in general.  I don’t feel right about adding to the pile of stuff that another parent has to deal with.  So I got to brainstorming and I came up with 52 gift ideas for kids that aren’t just toys.  These are gifts of experiences or education or creativity.  And I’m totally gonna use some of these ideas for my own kids too.  No more rushing to the store to purchase whatever toy I can find.  It’s time for thoughtful gifts with imagination and purpose.

52 Non-toy gift ideas for kids to foster creativity, education and adventure all while making wonderful memories! For their next birthday don't just grab them a toy, plan ahead a little and get them something they'll adore and remember for years to come!

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I’ve included loads of links for inspiration and even DIY instructions!  Most of these ideas are for kids 10 and under.  Not every idea will be appropriate for every age, but I think there are several viable options for everyone!

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