Super sensory scavenger hunt

mott blog - clv 2015 - scavenger huntScavenger hunts can be super fun ways to break out of your summer activity rut. Have you ever tried one that involves more senses than vision? Typically on a scavenger hunt, we’re looking for certain things we can see. With this fun take on a scavenger hunt, we’re using more senses so we look, listen, feel, and smell.

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Tips to prevent teen distracted driving

tips to prevent teen distracted drivingAs the parent of a new teen driver you worry about lots of things. You worry about your teen’s skills as a new driver. You worry about your teen being distracted by their cell phone, their friends, or about their desire to eat while driving. How can they stay focused on safe driving and the road ahead?

Rather than simply hoping your teen arrives safely, you can begin the conversation now – teaching them about common distractions and how distractions can lead to a crash.

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Warm summer corn salad

EsquitesThis creamy summer corn salad is a flavorful way to use fresh from the garden sweet corn this summer!


  • 4 ears of corn, shucked and removed from cob
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup jalapeno, finely chopped and seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ounces Cotija cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)

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Model magic comet activity

comet activity

Learning about astronomy is a great way to spark a child’s imagination and engage them in the world of science!  In this activity, we’ll learn all about comets.

The visible parts of a comet are the coma, dust tail and ion tail.  However the heart of the comet is the nucleus. It’s actually fairly small, maybe the size of a few blocks up to the size of a small village (about 1/2 – 10 miles). Like most small objects is space, the nucleus is covered in craters. Continue reading

DIY meteor and crater activity

meteor crater activity for kidsHave you ever wondered why the moon looks like Swiss cheese, all covered with huge holes? These holes are called craters, and they are formed when a meteorite impacts a planet or moon. Meteorite is just a fancy name that scientists give to meteors that crash into something!

There are many impact craters on the Earth and the moon that scientists can look at to study meteorites. By studying the size and shape of the crater, these scientists are able to determine how big the meteorite that made it was! This is something that you can learn to do yourself!

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Observing the Perseid meteor shower

Perseid meteor shower viewingWatching a meteor shower is a great way to get started in astronomy. The only thing you need is a clear sky, though a dark sky is also helpful.

The Perseid meteor shower in August is one of the best ones to watch. It is a fairly active shower, and the August nights are some of the warmest, though you are still going to want a coat or sleeping bag.

Meteors tend to travel long distances across the sky, so using something like a telescope is actually a bad idea. Telescopes limit you to only a tiny piece of the sky, and you want to see as much as possible.

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