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  • STEM

  • STEM Potion Experiment

    Supplies Needed:

    • Chopped red cabbage
    • A pan
    • Water
    • A stove
    • Strainer
    • Different jugs, jars, and/or beakers
    • Vinegar
    • Dish soap

    To begin, place the chopped red cabbage into a pan, cover with water, and heat until the water turns purple. (Adults will want to help with this step.)

    Pour the mixture through a strainer to remove the cabbage and collect the solution in a container. Next, pour the solution into small jars or beakers. Fill them about half way up. Add different amounts of baking soda or vinegar to each one.

    Challenge: How many different colors can you make? Want to see a fizzy reaction? Add vinegar to a beaker with baking soda and vice versa! What does this do to the colors?

    For the science behind this activity and helpful pictures, visit Science Sparks!!

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Sugar Cube Ice Palace

    Supplies Needed:

    • 1 box sugar cubes 
    • Icy, snowy looking things (We used glass gemscrinkle paper, and silver pipe cleaners and some other stuff from the dollar store.)
    • Disney Frozen Elsa and Anna Dolls 
    • Clear gel school glue (optional)

    There’s not a lot to this project, it’s more about open play.  So set up the supplies on a big tray and let them have at it. You can choose to glue the cubes together as the castle is being built, or leave them free to tumble and fall to allow for a new design to be built. 

  • Story Time

  • An Amazing Snowman

    Featuring Olaf of Disney’s Frozen, this humorous story tells us what it means to dream!

  • Family Fun Activity

  • Burning Ice Experiment

    Supplies Needed:

    • An ice ball
    • Fire-proof bowl (we used a glass container)
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Safety goggles
    • Kitchen lighter
    • Rubbing alcohol

    **Warning: This project is NOT safe for kids to do alone. Only a parent/adult should conduct the experiment with proper safety gear (goggles, a fire extinguisher) on hand just in case.

    The fire can spread and catch unexpectedly. This is a science demonstration only, not something kids should touch.**

    Wear safety goggles while doing this and make sure the kids stand well away from the area. Have your fire extinguisher ready.

    Place your ice ball inside a fire-proof bowl.

    Pour a TINY amount of alcohol onto the ice cube (less than 1/2 a teaspoon). The alcohol will automatically start to melt the ice cube.

    Light the alcohol with the kitchen lighter. You have to work quickly or the alcohol will get too watered down before the flame is lit and you’ll have to start over.

    The ice will look like it is burning, even though it is just the alcohol on the top burning.