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A LITTLE BIT OF DIRT
55+ SCIENCE AND ART ACTIVITIES TO RECONNECT CHILDREN WITH NATURE


Dandelion Bubbles, Rain Drums, Seed Bomb Lollipops and more!

Bursting with creative hands-on outdoor science and art activities, A Little Bit of Dirt is full of motivation to get outside and explore. Whether you're investigating the health of your local stream, making beautiful acrylic sunprints with leaves and flowers, running an experiment with your backyard birds, or concocting nature potions, you'll be fostering an important connection with nature. The engaging activities encourage the use of the senses and imagination and are perfect for all ages. Discover more about the natural world waiting just outside your door!

A Little Bit of Dirt is available worldwide in stores as well as online at the following sites:  
Book Depository (free international shipping)





THE CURIOUS KID'S SCIENCE BOOK
100+ CREATIVE HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES FOR AGES 4-8


What happens if you water plants with juice?
Where can you find bacteria in your house?
Is slug slime as strong as a glue stick?

How would your child find the answers to these questions?  In The Curious Kid's Science Book, your child will learn to design his or her own science investigations to determine the answers! Children will learn to ask their own scientific questions, discover value in failed experiments, and — most importantly — have a blast with science. The 100+ hands-on activities in the book use household items to playfully teach important science, technology, engineering, and math skills. Each creative activity includes age-appropriate explanations and (when possible) real life applications of the concepts covered. Adding science to your at-home schedule will make a positive impact on your child's learning. Just one experiment a week will help build children's confidence and excitement about the sciences, boost success in the classroom, and give them the tools to design and execute their own science fair projects.


The Curious Kid's Science Book is also available worldwide in stores as well as online at the following sites: 
Book Depository (free international shipping)




Dive into a Bubbling Swamp World. 
Drum on an Outdoor Sound Wall. 
Explore the gooeyness of Glowing Slime.

With the one-of-a-kind projects in 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids, your family will rediscover the spirit of imaginative play! These fun activities help develop your child's creativity and skills--all without a screen in sight. Featuring step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs, each budget-friendly project will keep your child entertained, engaged, and learning all day long. Best of all, no one will complain about turning off the TV or computer with such entertaining activities as: 
Natural Dye Fingerpaints
Taste-Safe, Gluten-Free Playdough
Erupting Volcano Dinosaur World
Fizzy Rainbow Slush
Taste-Safe Glow Water

150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids is also available worldwide in bookstores as well as online at the following sites: 
Book Depository (free international shipping)

AND COMING SOON....
My debut fiction series, Zoey and Sassafras, all about a kid and her cat who use the scientific method to help save magical creatures!



BOOK 1: DRAGONS AND MARSHMALLOWS

BOOK 2:  MONSTERS AND MOLD
BOOK 3:  MERHORSES AND BUBBLES

Click here for the FIRST THREE CHAPTERS of Dragons and Marshmallows!

All three books are available for pre-order through your local bookstore or online at the following sites:  
Book Depository (free international shipping)

Comments

  1. I am also a play-at-home-Mommy with an almost one year old who loves being active. Your ideas are so much fun and creative. I just pre-ordered your book. I can't wait for the fresh ideas! We are currently finishing our basement to be a complete kids zone and I have been inspired by your playroom, reading room, and art room. It's all so fun! Best of luck with your book! It's going to make a great gift for my friends with babies and children!

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    1. YAY! Thank you so much, Love4JC! What a thoughtful comment and thank you so much for the well wishes and the preorder! :) :) :)

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  2. Just discovered your blog and I cannot wait for the book .I bet me and my toddler will have lots of fun .Thank you for what you are doing.

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    1. Awesome! Thank you so much and I hope you both have a blast with it! :) :) :)

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  3. I ordered your book from France and I am looking forward to having it very very soon !

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  4. Hola quisiera saber si el libro lo puedo pedir en español en algún lado, muchas gracias

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    1. Hola Maria! Lo siento, en este momento no hay una versión española, pero espero por uno en el futuro. Usted puede comprar la versión Inglés en cualquier lugar del mundo si eso ayuda. Gracias!!!

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  5. Hi Asia, Is there a separate book for toddlers or it is one book which has activities for babies and toddlers.

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    1. Hi Sakshi! It's one book. Each activity has the recommended ages listed at the beginning. Hope that helps! :) :) :)

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  6. Are the two books a lot of repeats, or are all (or at least most) the activities in each different? Just don't want to get them both to find much of the same content. Thanks!

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    1. They are both 100% unique! None of the activities are the same. :)

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  7. hi Asia, my kids are coming on 8, and could really do with some fun things like this - so which is the best book for that age ?

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    1. Great question! Any of the books would be great for nearly-8-year-olds, but if it were me doing the choosing, I'd choose The Curious Kid's Science Book because I think all of the activities in there will be perfect for 8-9 year olds vs. some of the activities in the first book may be too young to hold their attention, and then of course the third book won't be in print until next spring. The only reason I put 8 as an upper bound on the Science Book is because 9+ year olds will probably be able to run more detailed experiments than I mention in the intro and will also be able to write about their results. They may also want to have some supplemental information about some of the topics beyond what I provide -- but this is a great way to show them how to find out more via Google or your local library. The activities themselves are fun even for kids in middle and high school! I hope that helps! :) :) :)

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  8. Ciao Asia! Complimenti per le idee, sono perfette per tenere i bambini lontani da TV e tablet.. Esiste una versione italiana dei libri?

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    1. Grazie! Finora solo coreano, spagnolo e russo. Ma spero che un giorno che ci sarà un italiano, come pure! Se siete a conoscenza di editori italiani che potrebbero essere interessati, posso dare loro la persona da contattare al mio casa editrice statunitense. I libri sono tutti disponibili per l'acquisto in Italia, ma sono in inglese.

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  9. Hi, I want to thank you for writing this awesome book("150+ Screen free activities for kids") . It gave me and my baby many good times by trying the experiments out. Recently we tried the " Easy Dough" and " Magic foaming dough". To me, they are similar dough, both using baking soda and vinegar as basic ingredients. I understand the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar. But What confused me is why you add salt in the Magic Foaming Dough? Will that accelerate the reaction? to produce more bubbles? I tried to find answers online but I couldn't find it. Would you please explain that for me? Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much, Xiaoai! :) I'm thrilled that you are enjoying the book. The salt makes the bubbles space out a bit, so that it's extra foamy and tall when it erupts! It's not necessary for the reaction, but we think it makes it more fun. :) :) :)

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    2. Thank you very much for the explanation. Great idea!

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  10. MAYKA HELLO MY NAME AND I AM SPANISH , WE NEED ALL BOOKS TRANSLATED AS ONLY HAVE FOUND TO 150 CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES . I HOPE THE SOON TO OUR CHILDREN translate.
    NOW WE ARE ADDICTED TO YOUR BLOG THANKS FOR THE WORK YOU DO MY CHILD HAS 18 MONTHS AND LIKES TO ALL ACTIVITIES THAT DO MUCH

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    1. Hola Mayka! Sí 150 + Pantalla-Libre es el único disponible en español en este momento, pero los dos nuevos libros están siendo considerados para la traducción española en este momento. Así que espero que muy pronto todos estarán disponibles en español! Gracias tanto por su amable mensaje. <3

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  11. Hello Asia,

    I just received your book 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids ...and I love it! I was hoping you could please answer a few questions?

    Dirt and Worms Activity, p182
    1) How long will the activity last when refrigerated and not in use?
    2) Is it safe to use regular coffee if the child is no longer mouthing?

    Colored Beans Activity, p169
    1) Is it possible to use liquid watercolors on white beans, instead of the food coloring?
    2) In the past, I used rubbing alcohol and food coloring to color rice. For white beans, do you think rubbing alcohol will make colors last longer and appear more vibrant if I add it to liquid watercolors?

    Thank you so much. My daughter and I love your work!

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    1. Hi! If it's easier, you can always email me at funathomewithkids@gmail.com and I'm happy to help out. I hope that this notifies you of my response -- fingers crossed.
      p.182 -- the noodles will dry out after a few hours if you don't refrigerate when not in use. I'd say probably 48 hours if you're refrigerating them when not in use in a sealed ziploc, but always smell for funky smells and check for mold growth since every environment causes these timelines to vary. The grounds are good indefinitely as long as they are not damp (i.e. leave them open to the air to dry after playing). As for regular coffee -- totally your call. That's what we use though. ;)
      p.169 -- No, liquid watercolors won't work (we tried them) and no the rubbing alcohol causes the beans to shed their skin and split. We did quite a few different trials and hands-down, the best method that we found was the one described there.
      Hope that helps and hope you enjoy the book! :) :) :)

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  12. Just wanted to let you know that I like your site so much (came across it looking for a UK Slime recipe!) that I am definitely getting your Science Book for my nearly 7 year old - I think we'll have so much fun! Very intrigued by your up & coming fiction books too - love the premise. Thanks for all the great stuff!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a sweet note, Sarah! <3 <3 <3

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