Learning By Doing

Mason Jar Ant Farm

Mason Jar Ant Farm

Photo © Jordan Roper/Dreamstime.com. Supplies Needed: Large mason jar with lid Small mason jar with lid (small enough to fit into the larger one) Dirt Sand Drill with ⅛” drill bit Piece of cloth...

Learn About Straight-line Light

Learn About Straight-line Light

When I was a boy, I enjoyed making tents. I liked to use covers to make cozy tents with rooms and doorways. So if you enjoy making tents too, you will enjoy this activity. I will give you an...

To Build a Log Cabin Wren House

To Build a Log Cabin Wren House

Editor’s note: In the March 2020 magazine, we published the winners of a birdhouse building contest. Each entry was to be a “Learning By Doing” lesson. Torrence was one of the winners.In June of...

Oatmeal-Box Planetarium

Oatmeal-Box Planetarium

Cylindrical cardboard boxes, of the type at least one brand of oatmeal comes in, can be used for projecting beautiful images of star constellations on the wall or ceiling. Copy the constellation you...

Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity

Photo © Dreamstime.com. This science experiment is interesting because it defies gravity. First get a funnel and a ping-pong ball. Then set the ball in the wide end of the funnel. Using either an...

Salamander Incubator

Salamander Incubator

Spotted Salamander eggs. Photo © Dana Atkinson. “Sooooo squishy!” George exclaimed as he cupped a grapefruit-sized salamander egg mass in both his hands.His chuckles caused the jello-like cluster of...

Frosty Bubbles

Frosty Bubbles

Frozen soap bubble. Photo © Don Komarechka. The clear globe with frost patterns caught my eye. I had to do a double-take. Just what was I seeing? Patterns of frost were wrapping a clear ball that...

Wildflower Arranging

Wildflower Arranging

Fireweed in Rocky Mountains. Photo © Dogwood Ridge. The scenarios are endless. A slope covered with goldenrod and daisies…the first autumn olives opening…a dogwood in full bloom…a facet of my brain...

Viewing Crystals with Polarized Light

Viewing Crystals with Polarized Light

Epsom salt crystals. Photo © Maria Carver. Viewing crystals with a microscope is lots of fun! Home grown crystals from sugar, salt, and other household items, are beautiful on their own, but some...