Introducing Yellow Scope Science Kits for Girls

Yellow Scope Science Kits for Girls

It sounds like the set-up for a joke: two moms walked into a bar. Only it wasn’t a bar it was their kids’ school. And they weren’t just moms, they were scientists, too. In the name of viral blog posts, you won’t believe what happened next. Okay. You’ll believe it. Here’s the scoop on the …

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DIY Book Safe

Make a DIY Book Safe at www.TheMakerMom.com

Make a DIY Book Safe at www.TheMakerMom.com

Making a book safe is one of those projects that I’ve long had on my to-do list, but put off.  How fun would it be to secret away something special and hide it in plain site in a book? In the end, it was simple and somewhat meditative. I can’t wait to make another one.

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DIY Worm Bin: How to Start Vermicomposting

When my husband said, “I want to get you a $200 worm bin composter for your birthday.” The problem wasn’t the worm bin. I’ve been curious about vermicomposting since one of my boys’ teachers set up a class worm composting system back in the day. But to spend $200 on a classy set-up for worms? No thank you.

He threatened to buy it for me unless I made one myself. It was like a dare. I had been mentioning this project on and off for years. It was time to get making and to do it on a budget. With the help of Instructables and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, I did!

My DIY worm bin for less than $10

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The Great Hollow Penny Experiment

Our attempt to make hollow pennies didn’t turn out as planned. This is another way of saying the hollow penny experiment failed, but since I documented our process, I figured I’d share it, and maybe you’ll try it, and you can share better photos if things go according to plan. I first read about making …

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10 Must-Download STEM iPad Apps for Kids

image via Cat Physics app I’m happy to have my super-smart friend, Shelly Kramer, chime in today with her 10 favorite STEM iPad apps for kids. See her bio below.  I love apps – for anyone who knows me, that’s no surprise. But I also love STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiatives. Yup, I’m …

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How to Make a Marble Roller Coaster

When it comes to blogging, life often follows art (if you consider my carefully crafted blog posts works of art, that is). What I mean is that blogging helps me live with intention. If I blog about healthy eating, I’m more careful about what I put in my mouth. If I start a blog about …

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How to Tie Dye with Sharpie Markers

This fun project works any time of year, but it’s best done outdoors or in a room with good ventilation. And Sharpie Tie-Dye is great for summer celebrations like July 4. In addition to making a cool t-shirt, it’s also a study of the effect of a solvent on permanent markers. Rubbing alcohol + Sharpies = …

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