Fun & Easy Science for Kids

Popsicles

What would summer be without cool, sweet, and delicious popsicles? But have you ever wondered who invented them? Would you believe it was an 11-year-old boy? Fun Facts In 1905, Frank Epperson left a cup filled with soda and a stirring stick on his front porch in...

Popsicles

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Breakfast Cereal

Cheerios®, Rice Krispies®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®. It’s hard to imagine breakfast without our favorite breakfast cereals, but there was a time when getting breakfast on the table was a lot more work. Before the invention of modern breakfast cereals, people often ate large, cooked...

Breakfast Cereal

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Shellfish

Shellfish aren’t really fish, but animals that live in water. They include oysters, mussels, clams, crabs, lobsters, shrimp, and crayfish. Shellfish were a major food source for Native Americans living on the East Coast. Early...

Shellfish

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Tofu

Cheese is made from heating cow’s milk to separate the solids (whey) from the liquid. The solids are then formed into cheese. Tofu is a similar product made by separating the solids in soymilk – made from soybeans – from the liquid. It was discovered in

Tofu

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Pasta

Mama Mia! Everyone loves pasta. This delicious dish has been around for a long time. People ate it in China 5,000 years ago. Researchers have found evidence that people were eating it in

Pasta

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Oatmeal

People have been growing and eating oats for at least 7,000 years. They were grown in ancient China, as well as ancient Greece. The Greeks were the first people to make them into porridge. They’re still a favorite food today and with...

Oatmeal

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Lentil

Lentils are an ancient food. Originally, they came from Asia and the Middle East. They are part of the legume family and they’re related to beans. Fun Facts Lentils are usually purchased...

Lentil

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Walnut

Walnuts in their shell are fun to crack open, but did you know these nuts are loaded with nutrition? Walnuts are among the healthiest nuts. Just a handful each day can strengthen your heart, bones, and mind. Fun Facts Walnuts contain more Omega-3 fatty acids than...

Walnut

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Salmon

Salmon is super healthy for you. Salmon is rich in vitamins and healthy fats that researchers believe can keep the brain and bones healthy, build strong eyes, and even reduce symptoms of ADHD. Salmon is revered by First...

Salmon

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Quinoa

Quinoa might just be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It has eight amino acids and many other nutrients. It’s so nutritious that NASA has recommended it for space flights and the United Nations has suggested its use for feeding...

Quinoa

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Almond

Almonds are sometimes called a super food because they’re full of heart-healthy fats. One handful provides lots of energy and can even regulate blood sugar. Try them raw or roasted and salted. Fun Facts Almonds are related to

Almond

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Garlic

Whether garlic can ward off vampires is up for debate, but researchers have found that it can get rid of other pests. Garlic has some powerful antibacterial properties and can kill many kinds of bacteria – even those that don’t respond to antibiotics. Best of all, it’s a delicious addition...

Garlic

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Chocolate

Chocolate is a sweet treat that sometimes gets a bad rap, but eaten in moderation, it can be heart healthy. Your best bet is dark chocolate; a few bites a day is plenty. Fun Facts Chocolate comes from cacao beans, the seeds of a fruiting tree, the cacao tree. The...

Chocolate

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Boysenberry

Berries are often called “super foods” because of their high antioxidant level, which is thought to keep the brain healthy and perhaps even protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Boysenberries are no exception. High in vitamins A and C, they’re loaded with antioxidants. And they’re...

Boysenberry

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Olives

Olives are one of the oldest cultivated foods in the world. They originally came from the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Africa, and are mentioned frequently in The Bible. The fruits are highly nutritious and are generally...

Olives

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Watermelon

Watermelons are almost entirely water, which makes them a refreshing treat on a hot day. They’re loaded with nutrition too. Watermelons are a good sources of vitamin A and C. They are rich in lycopene, a phytonutrient that is believed to keep the heart healthy. And the redder the...

Watermelon

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Fig

Figs just might be the weirdest fruits of all. Think about turning a cluster of flowers outside in and you’ve got a fig. Now think about the idea that during their development, figs usually trap a wasp inside the fruit. Enzymes break the wasp down so you never see it. Weird,...

Fig

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Persimmon

Persimmons aren’t very common unless you live in the South, but look for them in the grocery store around the holidays. They’re usually found near the exotic tropical fruit and they’re bright orange. Fun Facts The two types of persimmons you might see in a...

Persimmon

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Clementine

Clementines are the perfect snack. They’re small, seedless, and easy to peel. They’re also nutritious because they’re loaded with fiber and vitamin C. Clementines are related to oranges and they’re citrus fruits. Fun...

Clementine

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Pomegranate

Pomegranate seeds are gorgeous. They’re shiny and bright red – the ideal fruit for the holiday season. They’re sweet, yet tart; juicy and crunchy, all at the same time. Best of all, pomegranates are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants. They’re believed to contribute to a healthy

Pomegranate

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Coconut

Coconut isn’t a fruit, although it’s often used in fruit dishes. It grows in tropical regions on tall palm trees and is a type of nut. Coconut is high in protein and iron. You can buy fresh coconuts in the store, although shredded...

Coconut

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Papaya

If you’ve never tried papaya, you’re in for a treat. This sweet tropical fruit is delicious eaten raw or in drinks. It originally came from Mexico and Central...

Papaya

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Plum

Plums are beautiful fruits that range in color from yellow to green to pink or deep purple. Their flesh is juicy and sweet, and their small size makes them a good snack fruit. Fun Facts Plums might just be one of the most ancient fruits. Their remains have been...

Plum

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Pear

Pears are similar to apples in that they have small seeds and grow on trees. They’re a good source of vitamin C and fiber. They’re available year-round, although they taste best from fall to winter. Pears can be made into pear butter or canned. Fun Facts ...

Pear

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Raspberry

Sweet, red raspberries are not only beautiful and delicious, but healthy. They contain more vitamin C than an orange and they are rich in antioxidants. Raspberries don’t ripen after they’re picked. They’re ripe when they’re fully colored and come off the stem easily. Fun...

Raspberry

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