Storytelling & Science: A Great Combination

It’s back to school and we want to start out on the right foot. We know science is important and we want our kids to like science. But how? Even when it’s a tried and true activity that uses the most basic of ingredients, it can still be fun and memorable. Children will see the lesson in an entirely new way when they can relate it to their own lives. And what better way to help them relate than through a fun story that resonates?

Take vinegar and baking soda. You know when the two are mixed you’re going to get a chemical reaction. Who hasn’t constructed a volcano with these two ingredients? But here’s a way to breathe new life into that activity that’s guaranteed to create lots of fun giggles, better comprehension, and memories, too. (We throw in food coloring and dishwashing liquid for a little more pizzazz as well.) Let us introduce you to Mrs. Wigglebum’s Love Potion from the Fuddlebrook School Science series. Read the story and do your own version of Mrs. Wigglebum’s “trick” on Freddie. Who in the classroom (or home) is in love? Then read together the story to reinforce the science. But don’t take our word for it. Watch the kids we worked with to see their reactions on this month’s video. 

Yes there’s nothing quite like a good story to make science come alive. The Fuddlebrook® series (as well as our sister series, The Quirkles®) each offer 26 such stories and related activities. That’s 52 fun ways to make a science memory!

Posted: September 2, 2022

Mrs. Wigglebum’s Love Potion


Storytelling combined with a science activity makes for memorable science. Here’s a new twist on an old favorite! 

The Mysterious Leaning Can


Amaze your friends with this science “trick” that also teaches about the center of gravity. Who knew an empty soda can and some water could provide such fun!

Liza’s Moving Arrows


This illustrates how light can bend or refract. Our eyes refract light. Refractive errors are optical imperfections that prevent the eye from properly focusing light, causing blurred vision.

Herman’s Jelly Bean Hunt


Did you know jelly beans can help us learn about the scientific concept of adaptation? Please don’t eat the experiment!

The Fuddlebrook Mystery Powder


Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He uses forensic science as one of his methods for investigating crimes. In real life, some scientists work every day analyzing and solving crimes. In the book, Who Stole Herman Tweed? Mrs. Wigglebum’s students learn not to jump to conclusions without thoroughly analyzing all the evidence.