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Spring Nature Study Ideas

Spring Nature Study Ideas from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Spring is a great time of year to get up and outside. Many have been couped up inside for the winter and are ready to get out. Usually by this time the kids are restless and the lure of the sun and warmer temperatures is great. Spring Nature Study is a great way to keep the kids learning and moving!

Spring Nature Explorations

1. Start by making a nature exploration kit.

Include things such as:

  • Magnifying glass
  • binoculars
  • compass
  • plain paper
  • colored pencils
  • pencils
  • pencil sharpener
  • one and one small tin
  • two little jars
  • plastic bags (ziplock and larger)
  • handwipes
  • nature study books
  • camera

2. Read, read, read.

Check out a stack of nature study books from the library. Books about bugs! Books about flowers and trees! Books about birds! Then take them outside with you. Head to a local park, walking trail or nature reserve – picnic lunch in hand – and do some reading.

Getting out into nature and observing all the plant and animal like around you will inspire your kids to want to learn more. You can curl up on a blanket in the grass and check out things you have seen outside in your books, or simply pick a book and dig in!

3. Explore, explore, explore.

Here are some ideas of things to check out in your spring nature study:

  • pond life
  • frogs
  • worms
  • butterflies
  • flying insects
  • insects in the garden
  • bees
  • ladybugs
  • birds (robin, bluebird, ducks, sparrows, hummingbirds)
  • flowers (lily, daffodil, tulip, sunflower, lilacs, rose)
  • trees (apple, maple, weeping willow, pine, oak)
  • animals (rabbit, squirrel, deer, chipmunk, beaver, fox)

4. Make a nature journal.

  • Draw pictures of what you see on your nature explorations.
  • Take pictures with a camera.
  • Find images on the computer to print of things you have seen.
  • Write your observations down.
  • Include important facts you looked up and learned.

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STEM iPad Apps for Kids

STEM iPad Apps for Kids from Standard Deviants Accelerate

 STEM refers to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics of curriculum. STEM is a great way to teach kids of all ages. It allows them to use their imagination as well as other operations of learning, all while having fun!

Here is a list of some of the fun and engaging STEM apps we use in our homeschool! Their are apps for all ages ranging from games to puzzles and more!

STEM iPad Apps for Kids

  1. Rocket Solvers - Work and play with your helperbot, DECA, to find three crew members hidden on a mysterious planet! This story driven math game is a great review of addition and subtraction using numbers up to 100 – for kids ages 6 – 9.
  2. Solar Walk is an educational application about the solar system. It is space accurate and in 3D! This 3D solar system model lets you navigate between planets, see their positions on a specific date, explore how they move and why.
  3. Rush Hour – This is not only a favorite of ours on the iPad but we also have the physical board game version too! In Rush Hour players must slide small cars around on a grid, moving only forward and backward, to create a path so that the red car can emerge out of this parking lot grid.
  4. Monster Physics has given my children hours of fun, interactive play! Monster Physics is a building app that lets you play with physics! Build and operate your own car, crane, rocket ship, plane, helicopter, tank, and more! It also comes with missions for you to solve!
  5.  Math Bingo – Kids get to practice their math facts recall through a fun game of Bingo!
  6. Move the Turtle – for ages 9-11. Move the Turtle teaches children the basics of creating computer programs using intuitive graphic commands.
  7. Coin Math – Working with money and making change is an often overlooked skill. With coin math your child learns to recognize, count, add and make change with U.S. coins.
  8. DK The Human Body App – This is a highly visual, accurate look at the human body that offers over 270 full color zoomable high resolution images, 99 story pages, testing, videos, 3D rotatable human body with selectable layers and more!
  9. Blokus – This is another game that we have in both app form as well as physical board game form. Start with 21 pieces and try to play as many of them as possible by connecting the corners. Just be careful because there are other players that will try to block you! The player with the fewest squares left wins!
  10. Star Walk allows you to see the night sky in real time! Yup! You get to hold up your iPad and view your present time night sky with the app! It moves with you, allowing you to explore over 200,000 celestial bodies with extensive information about the stars and constellations you find!

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Weather Activities for Young Explorers

Weather Activities for Young Explorers from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Weather is all around us every day. Come rain or shine there is always something to see and learn about the weather around us. For this reason weather is a great science topic to study any time of the year.

Weather Activities for Young Explorers

1. Observe the Weather Around You

Spend a day (or a week) observing the weather. You could even make it a short segment of your routine each day. Print out or draw pictures the represent various types of weather such as: sunny, windy, rainy, snowy, thunderstorm, and cloudy. Place a thermometer in a prominent place where you can check it each day. Then record your findings of temperature and observed weather each day.

2. Learn About Rainbows

Read a book like All the Colors of the Rainbow by Allan Fowler with your children. Then help them create a Rainbow Mobile.

Supplies:

  • Large white piece of paper
  • Black marker
  • Tissue paper in all the colors of the rainbow
  • Glue
  • Cereal box (to cut to size and glue the rainbow project on for stability)

Directions:

  1. Draw the lines of a rainbow with black marker on the large white piece of paper.
  2. Tear small piece of tissue paper, like small little balls.
  3. Spread glue on the top line of the rainbow and fill it with little red tissue paper scraps.
  4. Repeat 2 & 3 for all colors.
  5. When the tissue paper rainbow is complete glue it onto a cut out piece of cereal cardboard for stability.
  6. Once the project is dry attached string and hang!

3. Create Your Own Clouds

Read a book like Clouds (Let’s Read and Find Out Science) by Anne Rockwell and study the types of clouds and cloud formation. Using a glass of water, shaving cream, and food coloring you can create a cloud and make it rain.

Directions:

  1. Fill a clear glass with water.
  2. Top the water off with a shaving cream cloud
  3. Drop food coloring on top of the shaving cream cloud until the color begins to rain down into the water.

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STEM Activities for Elementary Age Kids

STEM Activities for Elementary Age Kids from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Looking for some great STEM activities for your 7-10 year old children?  Wondering what STEM is? STEM refers to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics of curriculum. STEM is a great way to teach kids of all ages. It allows them to use their imagination as well as other operations of learning, all while having fun!

STEM Activities for Elementary Age Kids

1. Floor Puzzles – You can find great floor puzzles in science and math related themes such as human anatomy, the Periodic Table, and the Solar System, the Rainforest, Under the Sea and more.

2. Crystal Growing Kit – Your kids can grow their own crystals to learn about the structure and geometry of crystals. Many kits offer multiple experiments to conduct with detailed instructions and guides.

3. Build Your Own Volcano – You can purchase a kit to help you with the form of the volcano or use paper mache to make your own. You can also recreate the explosion using diet coke.

4. Build A Bird Feeder – Building a bird feeder is a great hands on project that will pay out in dividends later. You can experiment with different foods and track what birds come and go through each season of the year.

5. Kitchen Science – You can do things like generate electricity using a lemon, launch a rocket with vinegar, write invisible messages and more!

6. Build a Robot –  I am amazed at the modular robotics kits, solar kits, and more that you can purchase now. These give kids a chance to build and explore. Some even have the capability of letting your child pilot them via Bluetooth!

7. Build A Rocket – I remember going to rocket and science camp as a kid during the summer! It was so much fun. My husband and I started doing rocketry with the kids while we were camping. You can head to your local hobby store to get all that you need.

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10 Science Shows for Kids

10 Science Shows for Kids from Standard Deviants Accelerate

I have found that supplementing our studies with the help of related television shows or videos not only enriches the learning but makes it more fun for the kids! Whether you look for show to supplement what you are already learning, or build your learning around the shows, you will find that they have something to offer beyond the pages of a book.

  1. Popular Mechanics for Kids (*ages 8+) A show based on the Popular Mechanics magazine whose intent is to teach viewers about how things work.
  2. Wild Kratts (ages 6+) An animated educational showed aimed to educate children about biology, zoology, and ecology.
  3. Magic School Bus (ages 5+) Kids join Ms. Frizzle and her class on board a bus which takes them on field trips to impossible locations such as inside the human body, the solar system, the clouds, the past and more.
  4. Zooboomafoo (ages 3+) A fun show featuring the Kratt brothers and a live lemur named Zooboomafoo. Each episode has an animal theme such as baby animals or frightening animals.
  5. Bill Nye the Science Guy (ages 7+) This is a live action educational comedy about natural science geared towards a preteen audience.
  6. Beakman’s World (ages 6+) Airing before Bill Nye this show covers similar topics and is based on a comic strip.
  7. Sid the Science Kid (ages 3+) Done by the Jim Henson Company Sid focuses on a single scientific concept that is presented at a preschool level. Sing songy, exploratory, and fun!
  8. Mythbusters (ages 9+) This show aims to uncover the truth behind popular myths and legends by mixing in scientific method with curiosity and ingenuity.
  9. National Geographic Explorer (ages 12+) This is a documentary television series.
  10. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (ages 10+) Another documentary series. The series loosely follows the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan. It uses the same thirteen-episode format and storytelling approach that the original Cosmos used, including elements such as the “Ship of the Imagination” and the “Cosmic Calendar“, but features information updated since the 1980 series along with extensive computer-generated graphics and animation footage augmenting the narration.

* Remember when viewing new programs it is best to screen them for your children. Only you know and can decide what is appropriate for them.

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Pumpkin Parts – A Science & Art Project

Pumpkin Parts A Science & Art Project from Standard Deviants Accelerate

The months of October and November are all about fall, leaves, pumpkins, Halloween and Thanksgiving. We see all kids of crafts, education, art and more with these themes. What I love about this easy to do project is that it is a little bit of art and science all rolled into one project!

Pumpkin Parts

A great time to do this is right after you have carved your pumpkins because then you can investigate them easily and check out their parts. Otherwise you can purchase small pumpkins specifically for this project. (Especially after Halloween when they get really cheap to buy!)

Before opening up the pumpkins you can read about them (see book list below) and talk about the parts you will be looking for and labeling. Specifically be looking for the rind, ribs, and stem on the outside, as well as the seeds, pulp, and fibrous strands on the inside.

Pumpkin books to go along with this project:

  1. The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
  2. How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara (also a great idea for more science and math exploration)
  3. From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer
  4. Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell (This book inspired us to try growing pumpkins of our own!)
  5. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper (This includes a recipe to make the soup!)

Supplies:

  • pumpkin
  • carving supplies (like a knife or carving kit)
  • paper plate
  • scissors
  • paper
  • glue
  • marker
  • paint and brush

Directions:

    1. Cut a circle in the middle of a paper plate then glue it to a piece of paper. 
    2. Paint the plate and paper combination so it looks like a pumpkin.
    3. Once it dries glue the fibrous strands, pulp, and seeds inside the hole of the paper plate onto the paper.
    4. End with labeling it.  You can either print or write the parts onto strips of paper, or have your kids write them on the strips of paper themselves.

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Halloween Candy Science Experiments

Halloween Candy Science Experiments from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Halloween has come and gone. Like many of you, we have more candy than we should ever eat! So why not use some of it for some science experiment fun? Not only can you eat some of the candy but you can learn some cool things too! It is a win win in my homeschool book!

Halloween Candy Science Experiments

Acidic or Not?

The word “acid” comes from “acidus,” the Latin word for sour or tart.

If something’s acidic, it will produce carbon dioxide bubbles when combined with baking soda. Carbon dioxide is the same gas you breathe out when you exhale.

Is sour candy acidic? Let’s find out!

Supplies:

  • Bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Water
  • Fruit-flavored or sour candy (Pixy Stix, LemonHeads, Nerds, WARHEADS)
  • Spoon
  • Baking soda

Directions:

  1. Dissolve the candy in a half-cup of water. (Pixy Stix will dissolve easily. Other candies will take longer. If the candy can be easily crushed, try that to make it dissolve more quickly.)
  2. Sprinkle a spoonful of baking soda into the candy-water mixture.
  3. Watch for bubbles.
  4. If you see bubbles, the candy is acidic.

Candy Rainbow
Candy makers turn candy into a rainbow of colors using dyes. Just like when you’re mixing paints , it’s takes a combination of dyes to create certain colors. Colors get mixed up. Did you know you can separate them again?

In this experiment, water and coffee filter paper will separate a drop of candy dye back into different colors. Brown candies work well. Why? Because they use a variety of colors together to make brown dye.

Supplies:

  • A white paper coffee filter
  • Dyed candy such as M&Ms, Skittles, or Reese’s Pieces (brown pieces work well)
  • A glass filled with a half-inch of water

What to do:

  1. Place a drop of water on a plate.
  2. Place a candy piece on the water and let color dissolve.
  3. Cut a rectangle out of the coffee filter. Use the flat part, not the sides.
  4. Fold the coffee filter paper rectangle vertically (long-ways). This will help it stand up in the glass of water.
  5. Measure up about an inch from the bottom and dab a drop of candy-colored water onto the paper.
  6. Fill a narrow glass with a half-inch of water.
  7. Place the filter paper rectangle in the glass of water so that the water line is below the colored drop of candy dye.
  8. Watch the water move up to the top edge of the paper.
  9. Check the paper at 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and 1 hour. You should see the different colors emerge on the filter.

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5 Reasons to Visit the Aquarium as a Science Field Trip

5 Reasons to Visit the Aquarium as a Science Field Trip from Standard Deviants Accelerate

If you ever have the chance to be close to an aquarium or plan a trip to one I highly recommend you do so! The under water biome is one of wonder and mystery and since most of us will not become scuba divers or ride deep into the depths of the ocean in a submarine, visiting an aquarium is about as close as we will get.

5 Reasons to Visit the Aquarium as a Science Field Trip

  1. Up Close Experience – Like I said, most of us will not get a chance to get near the magical underwater world and the aquarium offers many close and even hands on experiences.
  2. Hands On Experiences – There are often hands on opportunities like petting sting-ray, exploring a reef-like setting with your hands, interacting with dolphins or whales, etc.
  3. Take The Learning Deeper – By visiting an aquarium you can take your exploration of ocean life in general, or of a specific animal or species to a higher level. At the aquarium not only can you get up close or hands on, but there are also exhibits with more information for you to explore. Find out more about how these animals live, what they eat, how they survive, and what things may threaten their existence.
  4. Experts In The Field – At the aquarium you have access to experts in the field. People who work with and study the ocean biome every day! There is no substitute for being able to ask the questions pressing on your mind and get the answers from someone first hand who works in that field each and every day.
  5. It’s FUN! – How about just the sheer fact that visiting the aquarium is fun! Learning doesn’t always have to be at home or from a book. You can get out and have a fun, freeflowing learning experience. I bet your kids remember more this way and will learn many new things that they hadn’t yet discovered! It might even peak their interests to go home and dig even deeper into a particular animal or subject!

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3 Dissection Methods Without Dissecting

3 Dissection Methods Without Dissecting from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Dissection of animals can be a touchy for multiple reasons. Most often is the idea that it is cruel to animals, but with kids it can simply be that they are grossed out by the thought of touching and doing something like that. The good news is that if you don’t actually want to dissect but would like to get some sort of exposure to dissection, with the age of technology we are in there are other options!

3 Dissection Methods Without Dissecting

  1. A Digital Dissection Program – There are many options out there for digital dissection programs. They offer the student the opportunity to go through I dissection without actually dissecting. You can get computer programs as well as affordable apps to experience dissection this way. These forms offer lots of “hands on” experience via digitally working your way through a dissection.
  2. Video Dissections – With a video dissection your student can watch another person work their way through a dissection. This is like having your lab partner be the hands and you be the observer and note taker. One thing that is great about video dissections is they are done on real animals where as with a digital program you might be working with digitally created specimens as opposed to the real thing.
  3. Plastic Models – For kids who are very hands on you can purchase plastic representations of dissected specimens. For instance, a large plastic frog with realistic internal organs that can be completely taken apart and put back together.

With any of these methods you can pair with them a written lab report. Either by using a step by step walk through of the dissection you have chosen that offers directions and questions, or by having your student draw pictures and create a written lab report with labeled diagrams and descriptions of the process.

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Must Have Science Supplies for Homeschool

Must Have Science Supplies for Homeschool from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Being a homeschool family means that we are taking on the responsibility of educating our own children. While this doesn’t mean we are always doing so in our homes, it does me we are educating in our homes more than a public educated child. With this comes the need to have more supplies on hand.

When it comes to science there are many basic things you can have on hand that will allow you to engage in a large variety of at home experiments without having to run out for supplies at every turn!

Must Have Science Supplies for Homeschool

  • stopwatch
  • Popsicle sticks
  • balloons
  • borax
  • funnel
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • latex gloves
  • plastic bottles
  • small glass containers
  • sponges
  • yeast
  • food coloring
  • straws
  • plastic wrap
  • foil
  • corn starch
  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • pins
  • coffee filters
  • egg crates
  • paper plates/cups/bowls
  • yardstick
  • tape measure
  • eye dropper
  • pipe cleaners
  • thermometer
  • batteries
  • masking tape
  • corks
  • cardboard tubes
  • cotton swabs
  • cotton balls
  • toothpicks
  • string
  • sand
  • microscope and slides
  • magnifying glass
  • candles

The above list includes items outside of some more normal office supply type things that you should have on hand too, like:

  • crayons
  • pencils
  • markers
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • scotch tape
  • note cards
  • paperclips

Keeping some simple supplies around the house at all times will be a huge help when you suddenly find ourselves knee deep in some exploration. It means you can keep the creativity going and not have to put it off to run to the store!

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15 STEM Activities for Preschoolers

15 STEM Activities for Preschoolers from Standard Deviants Accelerate Have you ever heard of STEM? STEM refers to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics of curriculum. STEM is a great way to teach kids of all ages. It allows them to use their imagination as well as other operations of learning, all while having fun!

15 STEM Activities for Preschoolers

  1. Gears – experiment with different gears and how they operate.
  2. Peg Boards – These help kids with color recognition, sorting and counting.
  3. Sorting toys – There are many different ones that can help with colors, numbers, shapes, and more.
  4. Mixing and Measuring – weather with a toy or just by working in the kitchen.
  5. Sand and Water Table – by one or make one! You can simply use two low height bins 0 one for water and one for sand. Give them some cups for measuring and pouring too.
  6. Building Blocks – From basic wood, to plastic, and all shapes and types, building sets allow for exploration in spatial relationships, eye hand coordination, and more.
  7. Marble Run/Maze Toys – you can buy these in wood or plastic and can even make them with pool noodles! Simply cut pool noodles in half the long way and use duct tape to tape them together. Start them up on a chair, wind them around, and off you go!
  8. Cash Register – a toy cash register and money is great for money and counting and kids love to play store!
  9.  A Balance – kids can find out how things weigh and compare the results using a balance
  10. Kitchen Scale – Get a basic kitchen scale and let you kids weigh objects in your home. They can see which things weigh more or less!
  11. Abacus – with an abacus kids can learn simple math skills, patterns, and sequencing.
  12. Microscope – how about a kids microscope to let them explore the science world around them, up close!
  13. Pattern Blocks – they can create larger shape using their imagination or follow the given patterns to create fun patterns and images.
  14. Puzzles – All shapes and sizes allow for hand eye coordination
  15. Life Cycle Kits – watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly, raise a ladybug from larvae or raise a tadpole into a frog.

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Apple Science Experiment – What Helps Prevent Browning?

Apple Science Experiment - What Helps Prevent Browning? from Standard Deviants Accelerate

The summer weather is winding down and fall is creeping in. With that comes falling leaves, apples, corn mazes and pumpkins. In particular at this time there are lots of apples to be picked, and eaten. As any of you who eat apples know, once you have cut them they brown pretty quickly.

Today we are going to ask the question, “What will slow apples from browning?” and see if we can find the answer.

Apple Science Experiment – What Helps Prevent Browning?

Supplies Needed:

  • one apple cut into slices
  • lemon juice
  • water
  • orange juice
  • vinegar
  • milk of magnesia
  • 5 little bowls

Directions:

  1. To begin place one apple slice in each of the five bowls.
  2. Cover each apple slice with one of the 5 liquids
  3. Make a prediction as to which liquid will keep the apple slice from browning the longest and draw or take a photo of what they look like at this beginning stage.
  4. Check on the apples after a couple of hours, then the next morning, and the next evening. Each time recording your observations and drawing or taking a photo. Be sure to note their smell, texture, and taste (just take a little piece each time).
  5. What were your findings? Did one liquid help prevent browning more than another? Why do you think this is?

Why do sliced apples turn brown?

Apples turn brown when they are sliced and exposed to air. This is because an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase reacts with the oxygen in the air causing a reaction called oxidation. This is what causes the apple slices to turn brown.

Why does fruit juice help?

Fruits often contain vitamin C which is a type of nutrient called an antioxidant. Thus using the juice from fruits such as lemons and oranges can help prevent oxidation from happening and therefore slow the browning process down.

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Hands On Astronomy: Orbits are Ellipses

Hands On Astronomy: Orbits are Ellipses from Standard Deviants Accelerate

There is a big big universe out there and lots to discover in the world of Astronomy! Thanks to Johannes Kepler we know that planets orbit around the sun in an elliptical pattern. In the early 1600s he proposed three laws of planetary motion.

Kepler’s three laws of planetary motion can be described as follows:

  • The Law of Ellipses – The path of the planets about the sun is elliptical in shape, with the center of the sun being located at one focus.
  • The Law of Equal Areas – An imaginary line drawn from the center of the sun to the center of the planet will sweep out equal areas in equal intervals of time.
  • The Law of Harmonies – The ratio of the squares of the periods of any two planets is equal to the ratio of the cubes of their average distances from the sun.

Hands-On Astronomy: Orbits are Ellipses

Learn how to draw an elliptical orbit around the sun with the following video.

What you will need:

  • paper
  • 2 thumb tacks
  • string
  • pencil

To learn more about Astronomy, check out Astronomy Part 1. There you will meet some prominent ancient astronomers and discuss their theories of how the solar system works…or how they thought it worked! Then take a look at Kepler’s Laws, gravity, properties of light, the earth, the moon, and much more!

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15 Weird Human Body Facts

15 Weird Human Body Facts from Standard Deviants Accelerate

I don’t know about you but I have a child in my house who loves trivial facts. The weirder or more obscure the better! We are constantly taking out fact books from the library and she will walk around proffering up facts to everyone and anyone who will listen. When it comes to the human body there are tons of gross, fun, and interesting human body facts to be had.

Weird Human Body Facts

  1. The cracking sound made by knuckles, necks, backs, and other joints when they’re cracked is the sound of bubbles popping in the joints’ fluid. It is not terribly harmful, but cracking a joint too often can hurt the cords, called ligaments, that surround the joint.
  2. Heterochromia is a condition in which people have different color eyes. It’s rare in humans, but common in dogs.
  3. The brain operates on the same amount of power as 10-watt light bulb.
  4. 80% of the brain is water.
  5. The average person produces enough saliva in their lifetime to fill 2 swimming pools.
  6. The muscles that control your eyes contract about 100,000 times a day (that’s the equivalent of giving your legs a workout by walking 50 miles).
  7. The liver has an amazing ability to grow back if part of it is removed due to injury, disease, or surgery. It will even grow to be just the right size for the body it’s in.
  8. Your stomach digest itself because your stomach cells are created faster than they can be destroyed – you get a new stomach lining every 3-4 days.
  9. Your bones, pound for pound, are 4 times stronger than concrete.
  10. Every day the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair.
  11. Sneezes regularly exceed 100 mph.
  12. Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents.
  13. Your eyes are always the same size from birth but your nose and ears never stop growing.
  14. Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood the number is reduced to 206. The reason for this is that many of the bones of children are composed of smaller component bones that are not yet fused, like those in the skull. This makes it easier for the baby to pass through the birth canal. They harden and fuse as kids grow.
  15. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.

Standard Deviants Accelerate offers insight into the human body as well as many other interesting topics. Check out this brief look into human body systems. You can also sign up for a FREE Trial of Standard Deviants Accelerate by clicking on the image below the video.

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Build a Bird Feeder

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Getting outdoors and observing nature is a great way to learn about the world around you. Kids often love finding bug and birds, new flowers, and interesting trees. One way to bring some of the nature to you is to build a bird feeder. There are many simple options with many things around your home that you can use to build one. It can have you on your way to a great bird study in no time!

Build A Bird Feeder

  • Suet Log – Find a log approximately 4-5 inches in diameter that you can suspend from a tree branch. Use a 1 inch drill bit to drill random holes around the log and one in the top for an eye bolt to use as the hanger. You can either purchase suet or make your own to fill each hole with. Here is a Simple Suet Recipe if you would like to make your own: 2 cups of lard, 2 cups of chunky peanut butter. Melt the lard and peanut butter together. Then add 6 cups of cornmeal, 1 cup of flour and 8 cups of birdseed.
  • Toilet Paper Roll Feeder – Using an empty toilet paper roll, creamy peanut butter and bird seed you can create an easy bird feeder. Simply spread peanut butter over the outside of the toilet paper roll and the cover with bird seed. You can hang it by either sliding on the end of a thin branch or using yarn that you have run through the tube and then tied to the tree.
  • Paint Can Feeders – Using a small, empty paint can, a 3/16″ wood dowel, and some ribbon you can create an easy and pretty feeder. Start by painting the outside of your paint can. Paint it one color, paint it many! Once it is dry, tip the can on its side and drill a small hole in the rim of the can and insert the wood dowel. This will create the foot stand for the birds. Then wrap a ribbon around the belly of the can, fill halfway with bird food, and hang!
  • Egg Carton Feeder – Using an egg carton is a great way to recycle egg cartons, and fee the birds. Using and egg carton, cut the lid off. Then cut it in half so you have 6 cups to work with. Poke a tiny hole in each of the corners and tie two pieces of string diagonally to create the hanger. If your kids want to be crafty they can paint the egg carton before adding the string, and use pretty ribbon or colored yarn instead of plain string to create the hanger. Once the feeder is done add bird food to each cup and hang outside!

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