Big Science for Little People

Big Science for Little People Cover

We love science in our house, specifically our oldest petite who is obsessed with doing experiments, dissecting dead bugs and plants and learning all about how things work.  We spend a lot of time trying to find books that would be perfect for our budding scientist.  So when the opportunity arose for us to check out Big ScieBig Science -nce for Little People: 52 Activities to Help You & Your Child Discover the Wonders of Science by Lynn Brunelle (Roost Books, 2016) we jumped at the opportunity.

Recently, we started thinking about summer and what we are going to do all day long to keep the petites happy and engaged.  This book is so wonderful and filled with experiments that you will actually want to do!  What we love is that that the experiments, concoctions and activities are actually made with things you would normally have in your house.

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No seriously, there are no obscure chemicals or ingredients that will send you to the store.  Thrilling, right?!  I mean seriously, I am giddy just thinking about these experiments and how we already have all of the items needed.  There is nothing more frustrating than finally getting an activity that both kids want to do and then realizing you need to drive all over town to find some random ingredient that is insanely expensive and you only need 1/16th of a teaspoon, am I right?

The 52 activities are broken into two categories: At Home: Kitchen Concoctions, Bathtub Tests and Creative Explorations and On the Playground: Loud, Messy and Free-Range Experiments.  As a mom and teacher I love Lynn’s approach to science, in that it is all around us, right at our fingertips and we here at the Petite Stag couldn’t agree more and love the resourcefulness and creativity found in this amazing little book.

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What you will love about this book is the discussion before each activity about why you and your petites will love it, the clear instructions, as well as a very kid friendly, but scientific explanations for what is actually happening during the experiment.  Then, our favorite part, the “take if further” where you can extend your learning and your geek-ness.  Another cool component of this book is the Geek Mama Fun Fact which can be found at the end of some of the activities.  This book will be the perfect addition to your scientists collection of resources.  We will be sure to post pictures along the way on Insta as we move through the activities.

Bloggers note: I was given this book by Roost Books in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions shared in this post are my own.  Thank you to Roost Books for the use of the images in this post.

Get Ready for Summer with Your Petites

I am a huge fan of Pinterest, it is one of the places where boredom is cured, inspiration happens and where parents can share the amazing things they do with others.  I wanted to share my top four Pinterest pages I love to browse.  Thinking about summer with your petites can be a little overwhelming, Pinterest and these four amazingly talented ladies are helping me to ensure my girls have an incredibly creative and fun summer.

Art Bar Blog

I cannot tell you how inspiring this blog is, I follow her on Facebook too and oh my goodness, the daily posts are so much fun.  You can tell just how passionate she is about art and kids.  I just know you are going to adore her blog, FB page and of course her Pinterest page

Art Bar Blog

Tinkerlab

Rachelle at Tinkerlab is brilliant, she has a wonderfully fabulous book with sorts of wonderful ideas to keep your petites busy and of course using their creative minds.  I absolutely love her blog, book and of course her Pinterest page.  She is one incredibly creative Mama.

TinkerLab

The Garden Classroom

Cathy James is brilliant, she has such an amazing blog, there are so many incredibly fun things to do that your petites will be sure to be highly engaged and entertained with all of the fun activities.  I love this Pinterest page, because there are so many incredibly creative ideas that I would have never thought of on my own – check out this amazing wonderful page.

The Garden Classroom

Red Ted Art

What I love so much about this blog and Pinterest page is that, well a lot of what is used is stuff you already have at home or things you can pick up at the dollar store.  I love that found items play such a huge roll.  But don’t take my word for it, check out this page, I sure you will find lots of fun things to do with your petites over the summer.

Red Ted Art

These four women are so incredibly creative, I love all of their ideas they inspire me to be a better and more creative mom to my own girls.

Enjoy!

Erin