Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Beakers-O-Fun Review (discount code)

I am so excited to share about this fun and exciting new Science sets. 

Have you ever heard of Buckets-O-Fun?? If you haven't click on the link to find out more! If you have then you might or might not know they have created a sister/brother company called Beakers-O-Fun. Fun Science projects right to your door! 

My son LOVES Science projects. He is all about Science. These are great Science kits for either the classroom or for homeschooling families. Best part is most of it can be reused over and over! 

Each kit comes with:
  • Teacher instructions
  • Student worksheets
  • Most supplies (some like a pencil or tape you might need from home)
  • tons of fun in each kit! 
We were sent Homeschool Pack #3 which retails for $24.00

Project #1
Insect Order

This kit comes with: 
  • 13 little insects/bugs
  • Magnifier
  • Crayola Model Magic
Only thing for this kit from home you need is a pencil to write with and maybe some crayons or map pencils to draw with.  

This kit teaches:
  • to make good observations
  • following directions 
  • ordering and classifying

 To start with on this project, he started with exploring the insects with his magnifying glass. He then moved to separating out the insects from the non insects. His student worksheet gave him clues to help him figure out which ones were which. His next step was to take and place each insect or non insect in the correct area of the worksheet. Some of them he even got to draw out. He then answered questions on his student worksheets. Just a few and he really liked that there were only a few. The last step was to make fossils of the insects and non insects.

Monster thought this was so much fun! They send you Crayola Model Magic (enough for 1-2 children but you can buy more). I rolled them into balls and Monster took the insects placed them on their backs on the modeling clay and push down to make fossils. We let them dry for two days (just to be safe) and now he can use them whenever he wants! 

Project #2 
Spinning White Light

Monster was fascinated with this one! 

Kit included:
  • 1 motor
  • 1 AA battery
  • card stock circles ( which we cut apart ourselves)
  • 1 prism 
  • 1 box of 8 count crayons
The items that you need to include are: tape, scissors and a pencil.

This kit teaches:

  • the use of Science tools
  • Following directions
  • Observing
  • Investigating 

Monster started by exploring light bending with the prism. He found what sunlight we could (it was a cloudy day) and used the sunlight coming in. He held the prism so the sunlight (white light) would hit the prism, bend, and then make a rainbow. He loved it. The next part of the project included him coloring the circles with crayons. He colored each area a different color and then we put the motor and battery together. Once we placed the colored circle on top and connected the last piece the motor started and spun the circle around. In the picture you can see the color, but while it was spinning the colors all ran together and looked white! Monster was quite impressed! He made several more through out the day and did this several times! At the end of this project I asked him questions from the teacher instructions and he answered them. 

Project #3
Magical Magnetism

Kit included:
  • 1 magnet
  • 1 small compass
  • card stock race paper
  • 2 paper clips
  • tread
Only thing we had to include was tape and scissors.

This kit teaches:
  • Observation
  • Using Science tools
  • Experimenting
  • Following directions

Monster really enjoyed this one as well. He thought it was really neat that you could hold the magnet away from the paper clip and it would still hold the paper clip and thread up (magnetism passing through the air). This project came with a few different experiments to try. I love that they included more that just one on this one. That way you can see how magnetism is used. Monster was able to answer the questions on his worksheet pretty much by himself on this one after we talked about the experiments. 

I, as a homeschooling mom, LOVED this kit. It was something different than we had done before and I love that it came with everything already planned out for me. That helps a lot when you have other lessons to plan out. I love that they give you questions to ask your student to make sure your student is understanding what you are talking about. I will definatley be ordering one of the other kits to use with Monster. 

Right now they have three kits available for homeschooling families. 

And right now they are offering my followers a discount code for 10% off until the end of December! 

Coupon Code: MONSTER

You can also find and follow along with Beakers-O-Fun

* I was sent this kit to do an honest review. All opinions are mine and Monsters and are completely honest in the way we feel about this product. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Staycation trip

It is that time of year again. My husband went to his annual HR conference which means we got to go to Forth Worth and stay! YAY! Now I will say this was most likely our last year to go. Not because he won't be going but because they shut down our FAVORITE Barnes and Noble. So bummed.

We left Sunday night after Awanas at church and what should of been about an hour drive took us two due to traffic! I should of listened to my gut and left Monday morning!

Monday, we walked around the water gardens since it was right across from the hotel (Omni Hotel). We then walked to Barnes and Noble... well what used to be Barnes and Noble. I was sad, Monster was mad! He loved it! So we got some Jamba Juice and went back to the hotel.

Tuesday, we got up and went to the Log Cabin Village. Now for the cost it was worth it. I was bummed it didn't take us long to get through though. They had several hands on activities and people in each cabin area to tell you all about it. Very nice people too!

Wednesday, we got up, cleaned up, packed and waited on Husband to get done. When he did we came home and all relaxed!!!

Here are a few pics of our trip!

It was not cold I promise! 

Feeling the water coming down and sticking his finger in the hole in the wall.

He wanted to climb the mountain... this made me nervous, but I let him.

He made it!! And yes, it's very high! 

Our hotel from the water gardens...the taller part is actually living spaces... a girl can dream.... 

Log cabin time! 

She was explaining how they used to crush corn and wheat and was showing him the machines and how they worked! 

Off to school!! 

This was perfect since we have been talking about Colonial times. We talked about how children would bring in the wood and if they didn't they had to sit the furthest away! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Experiments during Art

Today, Monster and I were making window clings (post later). It was during preparation we discover a fun science experiment! Everyone has seen the milk experiment with the food coloring and dish soap! We did it not too long ago even.

Today we were using white glue, food coloring and dish soap! So, of course we wanted to see what would happen or if anything would happen if the food coloring was in the glue instead of milk!

This is what happen:

Very neat and different results (from the milk one!)

Want to try? Here is what you do:

  • Pour 2 tablespoons of white elmers glue in a bowl.
  • Drop two drops of food coloring in the bowl onto the glue
  • Drop one to two drops of dish soap on top of food coloring ( I used blue dawn dish soap)
  • Watch in amazement!!! 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Dyeing Corn

This was a learning experience. It took a day longer than we thought it would! The green and blue did not come out nearly as dark as hoped either, but the colors look great!

First you would dye the corn like you would dye Easter eggs.


  • Cups
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Food coloring (regular not gel) 
  • Corn ( I bought corn to be used for popping popcorn) 

I put about half a cup of water (more or less your choice) in a cup, Add about a tablespoon of vinegar and food coloring. The more food coloring the deeper the color. I let them sit in the cups for a full two days. I laid them out to dry and then placed them in a container until we use them.

We mixed them all together! We will be using them for a sensory bin but also a fun art project in the next few weeks!!! Stayed tuned for photos of the art project!! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Getting a little caught up here. We have been super busy.

Monster is now enjoying:

  • Homeschooling Monday-Thursday
  • Co-op every Friday (Junior Lego engineering, Art, Choir)
  • Awanas Sunday evenings
  • Flag Football (practice Monday nights, games Saturday mornings)till the end of Oct.
  • Church on Saturday nights (his large and small group time)
  • Church Sunday mornings with me (Service time)
  • Play dates and field trips all in between!! 
And people say we don't socialize our children! We are super busy and I feel like the older he gets the busier we get. Today we had a pretty easy but busy day. Monster and I worked on his Language (which he mostly does alone since "it's so easy!"). Then I had him get dressed and we went walking around for awhile outside at the mall. We walked over to Barnes and Noble and got him a few new books as well. 

Monster finished reading Charlotte's Web. I was worried about him getting upset when Charlotte dies (he cried with the giving tree) he did well when it ended. So I thought ok, lets watch the movie now since he hasn't seen it. Poor kid cried his eyes out when Charlotte died! I guess the movie was harder since he was watching it take place! 

This time we got A Wrinkle in Time. Hoping this one goes better! Also, he is reading The Three Musketeers. 

After getting back, we worked on Math. He is working through Saxon Math really well. I am actually considering buying Teaching Textbooks and having him go ahead and start 3rd grade math. He just seems bored. I figure we can do Saxon together and then later he can do Teaching Textbooks alone. We can see how well it goes. 

History we are still working on learning about the 13 original colonies. I have found some great books to go along with this as well that are in his reading basket to help him learn more about them. 

Science we are still working on solar systems. Last week he created a solar system and then wrote facts about each one on the planet! Going to hang it up in his room. He did very well with this! Today we talked about seeing in the dark vs light. And how white light vs red light works better in the dark. 

I got some new canvases from Michaels. Again they had these on sale. This time was buy 3 for the price of 1. So I got 3 for $7! Perfect! Now I got to find us a new Art project for our wall! 

Here is Monster this morning and just a few of what he did. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Verb and Noun Invitation

This last week I found these awesome little magnetic sight words at our local Dollar Tree.  They are great. I set up this invitation this morning not thinking he would actually go to it, but he did. I put the pieces in a box and let him find the words. He had to separate them out by Nouns and Verbs.  He did very well with this.