Trisha Stanley

Trisha Stanley
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a collection of diverse STEM books

How to Add Diverse STEM Books to Our Kids’ Bookshelves

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Curating a diverse bookshelf for my kids (both at home and in my science classroom) is important to me. So much so that I actually wrote my final master’s project on it a couple...
a mom and her daughter carrying folded laundry as they do chores

Let’s Talk About Chores

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Let’s talk about chores for kids and how to keep track of them as they get older.  Research suggests giving kids chores is good for them. Benefits of chores include learning time management and organization...
a sensory bin with chick peas and glow in the dark stars and planets under a UV light

Halloween Science with UV Light

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This post originally ran in October, 2022.   Let's try some Halloween science activities with UV light. Ultraviolet lights, or black lights, are prevalent this time of year in Halloween decorating, so why not use them...

Dear Bestie (on National Women’s Friendship Day)

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Dear Bestie, I am sending this note to tell you how much I appreciate you. Thank you for being my best friend. Your friendship is important to me. We can talk for hours about life, everything,...

Summer Science Activities with Ice

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Check out this post that originally ran in May, 2022 for creative and fun ways to keep cool at home this summer!   My oldest son went through a stage where he would freeze his LEGO...

A Hiking We Will Go: Apps for Your Nature Lovers

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Do you enjoy hiking with your kids? Check out these apps the next time you go out. They make identifying what you see and hear easy. You most likely have one of them on...
elephants by a big red rock at the St. Louis Zoo

National Zoo Lover’s Day + The St. Louis Zoo

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We are resharing this St. Louis Zoo post just in time for National Zoo Lover’s Day!   Of all the amazing things St. Louis has to offer, the St. Louis Zoo is probably my favorite. April...
the emergency room entrance at Mercy Children’s Hospital in St. Louis

A Week at Mercy Children’s Hospital

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My daughter recently spent a week at Mercy Children’s Hospital. This was a brand new experience for me. I thought it would be helpful to share some of the things I learned in case...
science experiments with baking soda and vinegar

Science Invitations to Explore

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Share these fun, independent science experiments with your kids!   My favorite activities to set up for independent play are what I like to call invitations to explore. Try these simple science ideas with your kids.     What...
a boy and a girl playing with soap foam in a plastic tub as sensory play

Soap Foam Sensory Play

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Have you ever made soap foam with your kids?   Here’s an easy sensory play idea that’s perfect for a day inside. Soap foam can be used in several play activities.   How to Make the Soap Foam   You’ll...