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Pin Your Favorite Teacher Gifts to Give or Receive and Win a $100 Steve Spangler Gift Certificate

Contest Is Closed – Congratulations to our winners #4 & #13 comments – Sarah and Chelsey!

 

 

 

 

 

Parents – does your teacher have their fill of mugs, candles and smelly lotion? What are you giving your favorite teachers this year?

Teachers – what gifts do you appreciate the most? Gift cards, items for next year’s classroom, books, or hand-written notes and gifts?

We love and appreciate all teachers at Steve Spangler Science and want to help share ideas and favorites to help parents give their teachers the best this May. Our Teacher Appreciation Pinterest board has a ton of gift ideas for all kinds of budgets, teachers and craft levels.

What are your favorite gifts to give to your amazing teacher?

And teachers – what are your most memorable and favorite gifts to receive? Here is your chance to share with parents what teachers really appreciate and what gets re-gifted or forgotten. My daughter’s second grade teacher shared a clock that a student gave her a few years back. She still displays it proudly in her classroom.

Here’s how to Pin It to Win a $100 Gift Certificate to SteveSpanglerScience.com.

1. Visit Steve Spangler Science’s Pinterest page and Follow All.

2. Create a board on your Pinterest page and title it “Teacher Gifts.” For parents – in the description share why you appreciate your child’s teachers. For teachers – in the description, share why you enjoy teaching.

3. Pin at least 5 items from SteveSpanglerScience.com that you want to give to a teacher or want to receive as a teacher. You can start in our Teacher Gifts category, but don’t stop there, surf around and see what you can find. Don’t stop with 5 – pin away as long as you’d like. Please add other pins and ideas for teachers gifts that you have given, received, or found around the Internet. You are also welcome to repin from our Teacher Gifts board.

4. Include a Pin from this blog post on your Teacher Gifts board.

5. Leave a link to your board in the comments below. Two lucky winners will be chosen at random to win one of two $100 gift certificates to use on SteveSpanglerScience.com.

6. Complete your Teacher Gifts Pinterest board by midnight MST, Thursday May 23rd.

7. Steve Spangler Science will repin our favorite ideas found on your boards to share with our audience.

So what are you waiting for? Go get creative and get pinning!

 

Melt It, Blow It Up, Smash It But Don't Eat It – New Book Shares Lots of Candy Experiments

By Blog Editor Susan Wells

Our office recently received a copy of the new book, Candy Experiments, by Loralee Leavitt. If you love candy, but don’t want it to all go to your waistline, this book is for you.

Candy Experiments covers a wide variety of activities with what else? Candy. Learn about secret ingredients hidden in your favorite candy, then blow it up, smash it, freeze it, melt it and experiment every which way with it. So don’t eat all of that holiday candy, experiment with it. The best part of this book is all of the activities use candy and other household materials.

The experiments have easy to follow step by step instructions and a What’s Happening section. It isn’t big on the science, but it is something all parents can do with their kids on a lazy afternoon.

We have followed Loralee on Pinterest for awhile and have enjoyed seeing her playing with her food. She even showed us how to sink a marshmallow and use up that extra Halloween candy.

We received a complimentary copy of Candy Experiments to review. All comments are our own. 

Leprechaun Science Secrets – The Best Activities for St. Patrick's Day

During the month of March, everything starts to turn green, and not just the grass and trees. It’s leprechaun season. Time to catch a sneaky little devil who hides gold coins while wreaking havoc all over.

For years, we have shared our secret for surprising the kiddos on St. Paddy’s Day morning by turning all of the water green in your house. Just unscrew the screen in the faucet, place a blue and yellow Fizzy Tints True Color Tablet inside and carefully screw it back on. Wiping any drips. Don’t use Easter Egg coloring tablets – they will stain. In the morning, when the kids turn on the water, it will run green. You can also drop a few tablets in the toilet to turn that water green too.

But don’t stop there. Take the kids on a journey to explore all of the Leprechaun secrets. Uncover hidden rainbows, fish for Leprechauns with appearing green worms, use a little green magic to grow Leprechaun eggs and inflate a giant eight-foot long Leprechaun sandwich with only one breath.

If your kids like St. Patrick’s Day, they’ll love this Leprechaun Science kit – and you’ll enjoy the opportunity to conduct each of the activities with your young scientist. This kit comes complete with an activity guide and the scientific explanations behind all of the experiments. The all-in-one kit is only $34.99.

New this year – the Leprechaun-ologists at the Steve Spangler Science Labs have pulled together all of the best St. Patrick’s Day experiments and activities and put them in a downloadable PDF. This 21-page St. Patrick’s Day Science Experiment Guide contains additional experiments not found in the kit. Some experiments require science materials and others use stuff you can find around the house. (Psssst. Here’s another secret. Purchase the pdf and receive a discount for 20% off the Leprechaun Science Kit, if you miss today’s deal.) The PDF is available to download right now for only $5.00.

What does it teach?

The St. Patrick’s Day Science Experiment Guide uses different fields of science to capitalize on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday and make it a scientific learning experience that is fun and engaging.

  • Air movement and Bernoulli’s principle – The Leprechaun Bag
  • Light and refraction – Rainbow Glass and Leprechaun Eggs
  • Plants and movement of water – Color Changing Carnations
  • Polymers and water absorption – Leprechaun Snow and Green Worms
  • Design and fine motor skills – Leprechaun Footprints and Leprechaun Trap
  • Chemistry – Leprechaun Rainbow Milk and Leprechaun Treasure Polish
  • pH (acids and bases) – Magical Leprechaun Cabbage
  • Ultraviolet light and UV-reactive pigment – Rainbow Beads
  • Air movement and vacuums – Leprechaun Breakfast
  • Non-Newtonian fluids – Green Quicksand

Test Tube Valentines – A Science Message in a Bottle

By Blog Editor Susan Wells

I am not incredibly crafty, although I enjoy breaking the paper Valentine mold each year and finding something new and different. This year, my second grader and I are breaking out and making Valentines with test tubes. They are super easy, super fun and super unique. What could be better than a little love, a little science and an activity all wrapped up into one?

Materials

  • Test Tube Baby Soda Bottles
  • Candy
  • To, from stickers
  • Valentines stickers, ribbon or anything you want to use for decoration on the outside.
  • Experiment print out
  • Experiment materials

Start out filling the test tubes with Valentines candy. Add the stickers to the outside of the tube to include to and from. Then choose an experiment to include with the test tube. It can be something really simple or something a little more advanced. You can even mix up the experiments and share several. I have included a few test tube experiments that you can add inside the test tube…

 

 

 

 

 

When my oldest was in first grade, we made similar Scientific Test Tubes for her class. They were a huge hit, but I quickly learned that including Fizzy Tablets in a Valentine when kids expect candy wasn’t the best idea. (You can include them with the bubbling blobs experiment)  If you put together Test Tube Valentines, make sure they are age-appropriate.

Make a Love Connection with Valentines Day Science

Valentine’s Day is a holiday known for its dedication to love, chocolate, and… science? The Science of Love of course!

This year we are celebrating Valentine’s Day science with a kit full of the most eye-catching, heart-grabbing, hands-on science we can find. You can use the Valentine’s Day-themed activities however you want, with whoever you want, but we guarantee that the fun you’ll have will make for a holiday you’ll never forget.

Whether you are looking for activities to do in a classroom setting, at a Valentines party or just with some of your favorite kids, this kit has the experiments for you. So turn down the lights, turn up the music and start in on some science lovin’. In this kit you will find enough materials for nine experiments and suggestions to take them further.
Start off with testing how hot you are with the Love Meter. Gently squeeze the bulb on the bottom of the Love Meter 3000 or Hand Boiler for scientific purposes. The colorful liquid will begin to rise to the top and boil. You are that hot! Or it could be that it isn’t your love that makes the liquid boil but your body temperature.
Now that you know how hot you are, move on to the Energy Stick to make a love connection. Grab a friend or 20 and touch both ends of the Energy Stick. When you complete the circuit, or “connection” the lights and alarm will go off.
Design science jewelry to make amazing Valentine’s gifts. Use special color-changing UV Beads that change color in the sun. When your love takes their unassuming white beads outside, the beads magically change to brillant red. Forget the diamonds and chocolate this year and give them the gift that serves as a reminder for sun protection. If the beads are red, it’s time to put on the sunscreen. Can a diamond necklace save a life?
What about leaving your love a secret message to decode? Forget the boring paper heart Valentines and think like a scientist. Hydrate a bowl full of Water Jelly Marbles and hide a message underneath. When your Valentine fills the bowl with water, the water beads will magically disappear and reveal the message.
The Valentine’s Day Science Kit also contains Magic Color-Changing Flowers that turn pink when exposed to “love potion,” Fortune Telling Fish that identify just how you’re feeling about your crush, and a little Love Potion #9.
Those are just a few of the activities included in the Valentine’s Day Science Kit, and we bet you’ll combine them to create even more. The science of love is incredible! You will also have Professor Cupid with you every step of the way to explain the science behind each activity. This kit is great fun for all ages, but is recommended for scientists ages 10 and up with adult supervision.

What’s included?

  • 4 sheets of Magenta Heat Sensitive Paper
  • 1 Energy Stick
  • 1 Hand Boiler
  • 2 white carnations
  • 30 Fortune Telling Fish
  • 150 Red UV Color Changing Beads
  • 25 grams of Jelly Marbles
  • 12 pack of Fizzers Coloring Tablets
  • 2 Jumbo Test Tubes with rack
  • 4 oz spray bottle of ammonia
  • 4 oz bottle of phenolphthalein
  • 30 pipe cleaners
  • One pair of Clear Safety Glasses
  • Activity Guide

What does it teach?

The Valentine’s Kit uses different fields of science to capitalize on the Valentine’s Day holiday and make it a scientific learning experience that is fun and engaging.