Activity: Rainbow Crystals

Last week, the kids and I went to school supply store Scholar’s Choice (cool store, by the way). We were there to pick up a science experiment book and ended up with a science curriculum book, some chore charts, a mini whiteboard and whiteboard markers, and a couple other things that have since been regularly used and gone missing.

One of the things we got was an experiment kit about making a rainbow tube. It was one of the few that fit my kids’ age group, and because I was wondering how exactly one would make a rainbow tube, I bought it.

Apparently you need water. And these little tablet things that dye the water. And some water-absorbing crystals.

Yep. Water-absorbing crystals. I know, right?

Anyway. You fill up three plastic cups (I used paper because I didn’t have plastic cups at home) with water, though the package doesn’t tell you exactly how much water you need. Then you drop in the dye tablets to change the water’s color. There are three tablets — blue, red, and yellow — one for each cup.

Once the tablets stop fizzing, you drop in equal amounts of the crystals in each cup.

And then you wait.

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Science FTW

I’ve recently discovered that my kids LOVE science. Like, to the point of kinda being geeky. (This is not surprising; I’m convinced geekiness is genetic.)

Anyway. We started a new unit on winter this past week, which seemed appropriate since there’s about three feet of snow in my backyard. (Merry Christmas! Or something.) The logical place to start was snow; it’s a tangible thing, after all, and my kids can look outside and actually see it.

In science we covered states of matter. Snow is water, after all, but it doesn’t look like water, which makes it hard for my kids to believe it’s really made of the same stuff they drink and bathe in (or, in some cases, drink while bathing in).

Like any good geeky homeschooling mom, I set up a science experiment. Here’s what I did.

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Author Interview: Carrie Crain

Today on the blog, we have an interview with Carrie Crain, author of The Adventures of Austin Girl and the Legend of Diablo. My review of Austin Girl also went up today, so take a look at it if you’d like to learn more about the book. Carrie’s bio and author links follows the interview, so if you’d like to learn more about her, please do!

Thanks, Carrie, for stopping by today! And congrats on the release of Austin Girl!

Interview with Carrie Crain

1. Tell us about your book. What is it about?

My debut tween novel is titled THE ADVENTURES OF AUSTIN GIRL AND THE LEGEND OF DIABLO. It’s for upper middle grade or adults who love a quirky adventure. The story is about thirteen-year-old Austin Girl who discovers a magic Samurai sword, leading her on a journey to Planet Disco to save her kidnapped Grandpa from the nefarious Diablo, and return to Earth before she becomes a permanent guest.

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Book Review: The Adventures of Austin Girl by Carrie Crain

The Adventures of Austin Girl
by Carrie Crain

Genre: Tween/Middle grade
Publisher: Two Crain Publishing

Note: I received a copy of this book as part of a book tour with Buy the Book Tours.

Blurb:

Austin Girl, a dispirited teenager, discovers a magic Samurai sword, leading her on a journey to Planet Disco to save her kidnapped Grandpa from the nefarious Diablo, and return to Earth before she becomes a permanent guest.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I no longer live in the U.S., and yes, I’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving since we celebrate it in October here in Canada.

Regardless, I just wanted to wish all of you from the U.S. a happy Thanksgiving. So, Happy Thanksgiving! And if you’re going shopping tomorrow, try not to get trampleddie um…get hurt, okay?

May you in the U.S. all have awesome turkey naps today. (Yeah, not gonna lie, I’m ridiculously glad I don’t have to cook a giant meal. Already did that this year.)