Fun & Easy Science for Kids

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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Orange (fruit)

Sweet, flavorful oranges are a popular snack, and with good reason. One orange provides a whole day’s worth of vitamin C; and you’d have to eat seven bowls of cornflakes to get the same amount of fiber found in one orange, according to the Indian River Select website. Fun...

Orange (fruit)

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Grapefruit

Many citrus fruits originated in Asia, but grapefruits came from the Caribbean in the 1700s. They were originally called “forbidden fruit” or “Shaddocks” after Captain Shaddock who bred them. In the 1800s, they were renamed “grapefruit” because they grow in clusters similar to

Grapefruit

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Kiwifruit

From its quirky name to its fuzzy brown skin to its bright green flesh, kiwifruit is one weird food. Get past that, though, and you find a fruit that’s both delicious and nutritious. Kiwifruit has a sweet tart taste that’s been compared to a combination of banana and strawberry. The edible...

Kiwifruit

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Pineapple

Think pineapples grow on trees? Actually, they grow on the ground. The spiky green part of a pineapple fruit is planted in the ground. After two years, it produces a pineapple fruit. We tend to think of Hawaii as the place where pineapples come from, but most of the pineapples we eat actually...

Pineapple

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Mango

Mangos originally grew in India over 5,000 years ago; today, a basket of mangos is still considered a sign of friendship there. Traders took mango seeds to Africa, Asia, and South America around 300 to 400 A.D. Fun...

Mango

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Peach

Peaches are a favorite fruit in late summer and early fall. Since peaches are a fragile fruit, they’re often picked unripe when shipped to faraway places. They taste best, though, when they’re picked after they’re ripe. The most delicious peaches you’ll eat are those grown close to where...

Peach

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Apricot

Apricots are beautiful in color and they have a unique, sweet flavor. They make delicious jam and they’re often eaten dried. Apricots are good for you too. They’re rich in fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Apricots are in season at the grocery store and farmers’ market in August and...

Apricot

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Grapes

Grapes are a favorite snack because they’re so delicious and easy to eat. Wash a cluster and you’re ready to go! But did you know that grapes are among the healthiest foods you can eat? They’re high in vitamin C and contain compounds that keep your

Grapes

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Pecan

If you live in the north, you might not have eaten pecan pie, but for southerners, pecan pie is a favorite dessert, especially at Thanksgiving. But pie isn’t the only thing pecans are good for. Add them to salads, trail mixes, or baked goods. They’re a delicious, heart-healthy...

Pecan

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Mushroom

Have you ever noticed mushrooms in the lawn after a rainstorm? It seems like they sprouted overnight, and perhaps they did. Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of fungus. They are the part of a fungus that allows new fungi to grow. They’re not

Mushroom

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Cantaloupe

The cantaloupe belongs to the melon family and is related to watermelons, cucumbers, and even pumpkins. Because it’s mostly water, it’s a delicious, refreshing treat on hot summer days. Fun Facts Cantaloupes grow on long vines. They take up less space in the...

Cantaloupe

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Cranberry

Cranberries mean Thanksgiving to most people. But they’re really nutritious and a great year-round snack. Cranberries don’t grow in water, but sandy

Cranberry

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Cherry

George Washington didn’t really cut down the cherry tree, but cherries probably did grow on his family’s plantation. This popular fruit comes in two varieties, pie cherries – which are tart and best used in cooking, and sweet cherries – the dark red or orange cherries people eat...

Cherry

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Blackberry

Blackberries are related to raspberries. How can you tell the difference? Blackberries are black, not red, when they’re ripe. Also, if you look at the top of a raspberry, you’ll notice a hole where the torus – the small, white core that attaches to the stem – was. Blackberries don’t...

Blackberry

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Blueberry

Have you ever read Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey? In the story, a mother takes her young child to hunt for blueberries. At the same time, a mother bear and her cub are also hunting blueberries. The two pairs meet with exciting consequences. In real life, there are only a few...

Blueberry

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Porcelain Tower of Nanjing

The Porcelain Tower of Nanjing was built during the Ming Dynasty in the 15th century. It is also one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval Ages and also believed to be the youngest of them. It was built on the south banks of the river Yangtze in

Porcelain Tower of Nanjing

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Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus was built by Artemisia after her husband Mausolus. It was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. This massive tomb was built many years ago, between 353 – 350 BC...

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

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Wheat

Wheat is one of the most important foods in the world because it can sustain life even when other foods are unavailable. Wheat has many nutrients needed for health. It’s the ingredient that gives bread, cookies, cakes, and many cereals their taste and structure. Fun...

Wheat

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Sugar

Sugar has a bad reputation, but is its reputation deserved? In small amounts, sugar is probably fine. The problem is that most Americans eat more sugar than they should. Too much sugar can cause tooth decay or lead to weight gain and illness. Today, the average American eats 150 to 170 pounds of...

Sugar

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Asparagus

Asparagus is often expensive at the grocery store, which is funny since it grows wild in many parts of the country. Walk along country roads or near ditches in the spring and you just might be able to pick your own asparagus. Fun Facts Asparagus is really good...

Asparagus

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Honey

There is a lot to love about honey bees. They work together in highly organized societies. Every bee has her own job to do and she does it well. Bees pollinate flowers, taking nectar back to their hive to turn into...

Honey

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Maple Syrup

The maple syrup many of us eat with our pancakes isn’t really maple syrup but corn syrup with maple flavoring added. Real maple syrup is harvested from maple trees in early spring. The syrup is actually sap from maple trees. As temperatures begin to rise, the sap thins and can be...

Maple Syrup

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Rice

After corn, rice is the crop most grown in the whole world. People eat more rice than any other food (corn is often grown to feed animals or to make ethanol, not to feed people). Growing rice takes a lot of work. It’s usually hand...

Rice

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Butter

Butter is an ancient food made by separating the cream from the milk and then churning the cream until it thickens. People often use oil, margarine, or even fruit puree in baked goods, but there is nothing quite like butter’s...

Butter

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