Fun & Easy Science for Kids

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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Yogurt

Creamy, delicious yogurt is also packed with nutrition. Depending on the brand, yogurt is a good source of protein, vitamin D, and calcium. These nutrients help build strong muscles and bones and provide energy. Read the label,...

Yogurt

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Egg

Eggs are an essential food. They’re used in baking to bind ingredients together and add structure. They can be poached, scrambled, boiled, or fried. Try them in omelets, casseroles, or quiches. Eggs have a mild flavor and a creamy texture that can be combined with almost any other ingredient,...

Egg

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Turnip

Turnips aren’t a commonly eaten vegetable anymore, but they were once considered a staple. Turnips are starchy root vegetables that grow well in places with cold winters. In fact, turnips actually taste sweeter if they’re...

Turnip

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Sweet Potato

Fun Facts Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A. They’re also a good source of fiber, vitamin B6, and potassium. Sweet potatoes can be long and thin or fat and chunky. They are orange, white, or even purple.

Sweet Potato

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Spinach

Popeye, an old-time comic book hero, was a sailor known for his strength. His secret weapon? Spinach. At the approach of trouble, he chugged a can of spinach, which caused his muscles to bulge. Is there any truth to this idea or is it a ploy to get kids to eat their vegetables? Fun...

Spinach

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Tomato

Strange but true: The scientific name for tomato is Lycopersicon lycopersicum, which means “wolf peach.” But if you’re like most Americans, this odd name won’t scare you away from enjoying tomatoes. The average American eats some 23 pounds of tomatoes every year. Half of those...

Tomato

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Pumpkin

Pumpkins have more vitamin A than any other vegetable and they’re loaded with fiber and vitamin C. Although we tend to think of pumpkins as Halloween decorations, the Pilgrims relied on them for food. Fun Facts Pumpkins are a type of winter squash. They are...

Pumpkin

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Rhubarb

Name a vegetable that’s eaten as a fruit. If you said rhubarb, you’re right. In the garden, rhubarb is a huge, luscious plant with big leafs. These leaves, along with the roots, contain oxalic acid and they’re highly...

Rhubarb

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Radish

Want to grow a vegetable garden? Radishes are a great plant for beginning gardeners. They grow quickly and they take up just a little space. You can even grow them in a container on a sunny window ledge. You’ve probably seen...

Radish

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Potato

Who doesn’t love potatoes? Mashed, baked, scalloped, or as French fries – potatoes are one of the most popular foods in the U.S. You’re probably familiar with Russet potatoes – the big brown ones used for...

Potato

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Pepper

Peppers. They’re brightly colored, crunchy, and delicious. They have more vitamin C than any other vegetable and they can be used in a variety of ways. Try them raw, grilled, or tossed in soups, stews, and other dishes. Spicy chile peppers add flavor to many foods, including Mexican, Thai,...

Pepper

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Green Beans

Green beans are one of America’s most popular vegetables. Like peas, they’re harvested while they’re young and eaten with the shell. Did you know that if you don’t pick green beans when they’re young, the pods harden? The beans inside can be dried and used for making soups like...

Green Beans

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Pea

Even kids who don’t like vegetables usually like peas. Peas grow on long vines. They have white flowers and they make beautiful garden plants. Fun Facts English peas are harvested...

Pea

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Kale

Super-food kale is everywhere – in smoothies, salads, and snacks. Don’t think you like kale? Maybe we can change your mind. Fun Facts Kale really is a super food. It has more calcium than milk and more vitamin C than an orange. This green

Kale

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