For a complete introduction and to get to know each Fuddlebrook story/concept, work your way across the main menu bar above. Have fun exploring, and please contact us with any questions you may have!
But that's not all. Check out the introductory video that explains why we created the Fuddlebrook School Science Series.
Try this variation of Freddie’s Marshmallow Launch and figure out the fastest way for Santa’s elves to decorate the Christmas tree. Get in the holiday spirit and learn about the science concepts of force and motion, too.
While there's no one just like you, ever wonder why you look so much like your mother or have similar traits or mannerisms of your father? Part of the answer comes down to your DNA!
Don’t know what to do for your classroom holiday party this year? Or do you need some activities for home to keep the kiddos occupied over the winter break? With a little imagination, a story with a holiday twist, and a science activity, you’re sure to have the makings for a fun, memorable, and educational event.
Here are some ideas from our two series, the Quirkles® and Fuddlebrook School® Science series to help you become the hit of the holidays. In the Fuddlebrook series, use Herman’s Rocket Launch (from The Case of the Vanishing Moon) and pretend you’re watching the reindeer fly across the sky pulling Santa’s sleigh. Or, watch the “elves” on our video catapult ornaments on to the Christmas tree (Freddie’s Marshmallow Launch from Freddie’s Dance Lesson). If you need more help visualizing how to make your catapult, check out our blog post that explains it in more detail.
But that’s not all. From the Quirkles Pressure Pete, try Santa Down the Chimney aka Pressure Pete’s Vacuum, or a variation we show on our video, the egg in a bottle. Explain that Santa’s gained a little weight this year (maybe too much Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie???) and you’re going to have to figure out a way to help him down the chimney.
Finally, an inexpensive container of FLARP!® Noise Putty makes for a fun relay game (and tons of laughs) plus a lesson on polymers that ties to Zany Science Zeke. See how much fun this can be as we demonstrate on this month’s video.
These are just a few ways to turn everyday science into holiday science. You’re really only limited by your own imagination. Tell a story and have fun! On a serious note, however, make sure to take time to explain the science behind these activities. Don’t overlook a teachable moment!
Want more ideas? Check out all our videos on YouTube for more than 90 activities and variations of many of our experiments. And from all of us to you, we wish you the brightest and best of the holiday season!
You know it's bound to happen! As we gather together with our families over the Thanksgiving holiday, the inevitable comparison of offspring, or how little Johnny looks just like his father, or little Susie doesn't look (or act) anything like either of her parents occurs. How can family members look or act so alike, sometimes over generations, or not be similar, even though they are from the same gene pool.
This month's Fuddlebrook Story, A Family Visit, addresses this in a fun, inviting way that helps children understand why we are alike and different from members of our own families. They also learn that animals, as well as children, change as they grow and mature. Bert is relieved! He certainly is glad he doesn't still look like his baby pictures!
After reading the story together create a model of DNA, the very building blocks of life.
Need more inspiration? Review our blog as we demonstrate how to make the DNA model, primarily using Twizzler's and colored marshmallows (the ones left over from the Thanksgiving yams). What a sweet way to learn science. Then watch our video of Thanksgiving fun facts! Finally, have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with delicious food, family, and friends.
This new series marvelously succeeds in introducing young students to inquiry-based, experiential learning of scientific concepts that are age-appropriate. Moreover, students have the opportunity to explore story-based scientific concepts further through hands-on investigations.
--Teresa, Biology Ph.D; former elementary teacher, Springfield, MO
The thing I love most about the Fuddlebrook series is the connection aspect. Not only have the creators connected literacy and science, they have also provided opportunity for exploration of all areas of life. The dispositions and traits of the characters are consistent throughout the books and lead to discussions about friendship, bullying, loyalty, honesty, and humility. Fuddlebrook is "teaching the whole child by connecting to life."
--Carolyn, First Grade Teacher, Ozark, MO