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Kids love balloons. Kids love fun science activities. Add them together and you’ve got an afternoon full of fun!

Recently, I found a pack of balloons leftover from a birthday party. Knowing we would use them in the fall for our second grade homeschool curriculum, I placed them with our school things. The only problem? My kids found the balloons. Instead of just blowing them up and letting them play keep-away from each other, I rounded up some ideas to bring a little fun into our afternoon and still sneak in a little science. The list was so good, that I had to share with you!

10 Fun Balloon Science Activities for Kids

10 Fun Balloon Science Activities for Kids

For the safety of your children, please supervise balloon activities at all times. Do not leave children unattended with balloons.

Kids will love learning how to blow up a balloon with simple household ingredients without using their mouth from What Do We Do All Day. There are two different ways to try to blow up a balloon in this link.

blow up a balloon with chemistry

Add a little science to the swimming pool by making Balloon Boats from Life with Moore Babies.

Balloon Boats

Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational shares How to Make a Hovercraft with only a few simple steps. My boys will love this!

How to Make a Hovercraft

Kids will be amazed at how the Water Bottle Fountain works from Learn with Play at Home. Heck, even I’m fascinated by it!

How to Make a Water Bottle Fountain

Similar to the balloon boats above, you could make Balloon Rockets from Discover, Learn, Explore. My boys did this one over and over!

Balloon Rockets

Watch the momentum of the Spinning Penny in a Balloon from Juggling with Kids.

Spinning Penny Momentum experiment

Got a Lego lover at your house? Make a Balloon Powered Lego Car  like The Crafty Mummy and have a race!

Balloon Powered Lego Car

Explore the effects of hot and cold air on a balloon like Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas. Your kids will be amazed!

Exploring the Effects of Hot and Cold Air on a Balloon in a Bottle

Kids will love the science trick of bending water with their hair and a balloon from All For the Boys. Static Electricity at its finest!

Bend water with your hair and a balloon

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Good Tips Tuesday #22

Another week, another link-up! We can’t wait to see all of your fabulous tips!
Good Tips Tuesday #GTTuesday

We want this to be a resource for you to find Good Tips for your life, home, kids and everything in between! So what kinds of posts are you able to link up now? Check out this awesome list!

  • Recipes & Cooking Tips
  • Homemaking Tips
  • Parenting Tips
  • Kids crafts & Activity Tips

Your hosts each week are:

Golden Reflections Blog

Simply Sherryl

A Bird And A Bean

Happy Brown House

This week we’re featuring some End of the Year Homeschool posts.

End of the School Year for Homeschoolers--featured posts from Good Tips Tuesday linkup

Juggling Homeschooling & Blogging

How to Make a YouTube Playlist for Homeschool

End of the School Year Portfolio

Happy Brown House

Now let’s get to today’s Good Tips Tuesday party!

  • Link up your recipe/cooking, homemaking, parenting, and kids craft/activity tips below (4 per person please)
  • Please link directly to your post, not to your main blog page. All links that do not follow this will be deleted.
  • Visit other posts in the party, comment, tweet, pin and let them know you came from GTTuesday!
  • We will feature 4 posts each week, picked via random.org. We will each be picking our favorite post from the week and pinning all of the featured posts and favorite posts to the GTTuesday Pinterest Board!

Follow Heather @ Golden Reflections Blog’s board Good Tips Tuesday #GTTuesday on Pinterest.

Disclosures:

    • By linking up and including a picture, you agree to allow Golden Reflections Blog, Simply Sherryl, A Bird And A Bean, & Happy Brown House to use your pictures and links in future featured post/photo collage like this one. Your photo may also be used for promotion on all social media outlets of all the before mentioned blogs with the corresponding link # given of your entry.

 

  • If you include your e-mail in the link up form below you will be added to a weekly e-mail reminder when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or given out, please see our privacy policy for details.

 

 

  We can’t wait to see all the amazing posts you will be linking up this week! Blessings, Heather, Sherryl, Erin & Sara

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How I Use YouTube Playlists in our Homeschool

Friday night I cracked open my laptop and my teacher’s manual for the next school year. With my feet propped up, I started planning. I know…so nerdy of me to plan on a Friday night. However, I was setting up my YouTube playlists and I was just so excited to get started! When I shared on my personal Facebook page what I had done on my Friday night, I got several questions about YouTube playlists and how I use them in our Homeschool. Instead of typing the same thing over and over, I thought I’d share it here on the blog. Chances are, someone else will find this helpful, too!

Why Use YouTube Playlists?

YouTube is so much more than goofy people doing goofy things. While there is plenty of that available on YouTube, there is also a large group of really great videos just begging to be used in the classroom!

  • Using a playlist keeps out some of the junk. Seriously. I tried to search for a video with my son and I was disappointed at some of the results that popped up. I NEVER watch videos with the kids without previewing them first. A playlist is an easy way to bookmark good videos.
  • YouTube videos are a great way to give young children a visual frame of reference for a variety of topics. If they’ve never seen a team of sled dogs racing across the snow, there’s a video available at your fingertips. In educational terms, we call this building schema. It’s a quick and easy way to introduce them to things visually.
  • YouTube videos are a way to take a field trip….virtually! We can’t hop onto a plane and visit all the places we are learning about, but we can find video and go there in our minds.
  • Technology is just plain fun. Kids love it and it captures their attention. Enough said.

How to make a YouTube Playlist for Homeschool or your classroom. Perfect for unit studies!

 

How to Make a YouTube Playlist:

It’s super simple! A blog post about using YouTube wouldn’t be complete without an actual YouTube video, so I made one for you to walk you through the steps and help you build your own!

As always, if you have any questions, let me know in the comments!

Tell me: Have you ever made a YouTube playlist?

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Good Tips Tuesday 5/26

Another week, another link-up! I can’t wait to see all of your fabulous tips!
Good Tips Tuesday #GTTuesday

We want this to be a resource for you to find Good Tips for your life, home, kids and everything in between! So what kinds of posts are you able to link up now? Check out this awesome list!

  • Recipes & Cooking Tips
  • Homemaking Tips
  • Parenting Tips
  • Kids crafts & Activity Tips

Your hosts each week are:

Golden Reflections Blog

Simply Sherryl

A Bird And A Bean

Happy Brown House

Look at some of the Easy & Delicious Summer Recipes that were in last week’s linkup! I’m seriously drooling over here!

Easy & Delicious Summer Recipes featured in Good Tips Tuesday

Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles

Fresh Strawberry Muffins

Peaches and Cream Cake

Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Homemade Iced Coffee

Happy Brown House

Now let’s get to today’s Good Tips Tuesday party!

  • Link up your recipe/cooking, homemaking, parenting, and kids craft/activity tips below (4 per person please)
  • Please link directly to your post, not to your main blog page. All links that do not follow this will be deleted.
  • Visit other posts in the party, comment, tweet, pin and let them know you came from GTTuesday!
  • We will feature 4 posts each week, picked via random.org. We will each be picking our favorite post from the week and pinning all of the featured posts and favorite posts to the GTTuesday Pinterest Board!

Follow Heather @ Golden Reflections Blog’s board Good Tips Tuesday #GTTuesday on Pinterest.

Disclosures:

  • By linking up and including a picture, you agree to allow Golden Reflections Blog, Simply Sherryl, A Bird And A Bean, & Happy Brown House to use your pictures and links in future featured post/photo collage like this one. Your photo may also be used for promotion on all social media outlets of all the before mentioned blogs with the corresponding link # given of your entry.

 

  • If you include your e-mail in the link up form below you will be added to a weekly e-mail reminder when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or given out, please see our privacy policy for details.

 

We can’t wait to see all the amazing posts you will be linking up this week!

Blessings,

Heather, Sherryl, Erin & Sara

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Good Tips Tuesday 5/19

It’s a fantastic new week and there are new tips & tricks to be found for your life, home, and kids! You can never have too many tips and tricks to make your life easier…am I right? Be sure to add your own or check out the new tips in the linky at the end of the post!
Good Tips Tuesday 1/6 | Golden Reflections Blog

We want this to be a resource for you to find Good Tips for your life, home, kids and everything in between! So what kinds of posts are you able to link up now? Check out this awesome list!

  • Recipes & Cooking Tips
  • Homemaking Tips
  • Parenting Tips
  • Kids Crafts & Activity Tips

Your hosts each week are:

Golden Reflections Blog

Simply Sherryl

A Bird And A Bean

Happy Brown House

 

Good Tips Tuesday Featured Posts: Diaper Bag Must-Haves, Homemade Worcestershire Sauce, Apple Cinnamon Yeast Rolls, and Homeschool Failure

Featured Posts from last week:

Happy Brown House

Now let’s get to today’s Good Tips Tuesday party!

  • Link up your recipe/cooking, homemaking, parenting, and kids craft/activity tips below (4 per person please)
  • Please link directly to your post, not to your main blog page. All links that do not follow this will be deleted.
  • Visit other posts in the party, comment, tweet, pin and let them know you came from GTTuesday!
  • We will feature 4 posts each week, picked via random.org. We will each be picking our favorite post from the week and pinning all of the featured posts and favorite posts to the GTTuesday Pinterest Board!

Follow Heather @ Golden Reflections Blog’s board Good Tips Tuesday #GTTuesday on Pinterest.

Disclosures:

  • By linking up and including a picture, you agree to allow Golden Reflections Blog, Simply Sherryl, A Bird And A Bean, & Happy Brown House to use your pictures and links in future featured post/photo collage like this one. Your photo may also be used for promotion on all social media outlets of all the before mentioned blogs with the corresponding link # given of your entry.
  • If you include your e-mail in the link up form below you will be added to a weekly e-mail reminder when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or given out, please see our privacy policy for details.

 We can’t wait to see all the amazing posts you will be linking up this week!

Blessings,

Heather, Sherryl, Erin & Sara

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Good Tips Tuesday 5/12

I’m so excited to be a new hostess for Good Tips Tuesday! My friend Heather from Golden Reflections Blog asked if I would join the fun and this is my first week hosting. If you are a blogger, I’d love for you to link up! If you don’t blog, use this as your one-stop shop for finding new recipes, crafts, and kids activities to try and pin to your Pinterest boards!
Good Tips Tuesday 1/6 | Golden Reflections Blog

We want this to be a resource for you to find Good Tips for your life, home, kids and everything in between! So what kinds of posts are you able to link up now? Check out this awesome list!

  • Recipes & Cooking Tips
  • Homemaking Tips
  • Parenting Tips
  • Kids Crafts & Activity Tips

Your hosts each week are:

Golden Reflections Blog

Simply Sherryl

A Bird And A Bean

Happy Brown House

Good Tips Tuesday 18 #GTTuesday

Featured Posts from last week:

Happy Brown House

Now let’s get to today’s Good Tips Tuesday party!

  • Link up your recipe/cooking, homemaking, parenting, and kids craft/activity tips below (4 per person please)
  • Please link directly to your post, not to your main blog page. All links that do not follow this will be deleted.
  • Visit other posts in the party, comment, tweet, pin and let them know you came from GTTuesday!
  • We will feature 4 posts each week, picked via random.org. We will each be picking our favorite post from the week and pinning all of the featured posts and favorite posts to the GTTuesday Pinterest Board!

Follow Heather @ Golden Reflections Blog’s board Good Tips Tuesday #GTTuesday on Pinterest.

Disclosures:

  • By linking up and including a picture, you agree to allow Golden Reflections Blog, Simply Sherryl, A Bird And A Bean, & Happy Brown House to use your pictures and links in future featured post/photo collage like this one. Your photo may also be used for promotion on all social media outlets of all the before mentioned blogs with the corresponding link # given of your entry.
  • If you include your e-mail in the link up form below you will be added to a weekly e-mail reminder when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or given out, please see our privacy policy for details.

 We can’t wait to see all the amazing posts you will be linking up this week!

Blessings,

Heather, Sherryl, Erin & Sara

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Motherhood is Snot Easy {#Giveaway}

Motherhood is Snot Easy

But it sure is rewarding!

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Good Luck! I’d love it if one of my readers was the winner!

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