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Homeschool Project: DIY Solar Eclipse Viewer

“Flying by the seat of my pants!”  That’s how my dearly departed Mom always described me.  But, I prefer to say that, even though I push a LOT of things off ’til last minute, I still manage to make things happen according to plan.

Making my little home-schooler’s #Solar Eclipse Viewing Mask, was no different.  It was totally laaaast minute!  And I have my fabulous hubby Nico to thank for it.  He was on a mission this morning –combing the island– to find solar eclipse glasses or welding glasses, but had no luck.  Said items were sold out everywhere.

But alas…!  He didn’t give up, as we are not prone to do around here at #MermaidMansion.  Instead, he found a welding supply and bought two #9 welding lenses…so they would total more than the minimum of 14 in-order to be safe.  On a wing and a Prayer, he brought the lenses home, and he and Nixi DIY’ed her super safe Solar Eclipse Viewing Mask.

I hope this helps you and your little scientists fashion a viewer, so you too can experience this once-in-a-lifetime (or century) event.



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Homeschool Science Project: Treasure Maps and Invisible Ink

Home School Science Project — Creating a Treasure Map With Lemon Juice?!  Here’s how we did it, our source, and items needed.  I hope you and your home school kids (or traditionally schooled kids) enjoy doing this project as much as we did.  :  )

How We Did It–

*My daughter Nixi and I made our maps according to instructions in the book **(see instructions at bottom of this post), then we gathered up some odds and ends…sparkly treasure, bundled it up in a paper towel, and buried it out in our yard where ‘X’ marks the spot on our maps.  I spray painted an X where we buried our treasure, and when my husband (Daddy) got home from work, he and Nixi hunted the treasure.

It was quite a kick, and I would definitely recommend this learning adventure to everyone who has kids or grand-kids; even nieces or nephews.  Heck..! Gather up the neighborhood kids and make a party out of it. The more the merrier!  :  )


We Checked Out This Great Book From Our Local Library


Invisible Ink Science Experiment


Recipe and Items Needed


Items Needed & Treasure to Bury


Nixi’s Map


Mom’s Map


We Spiced Things Up a Bit by Making One Map a ‘Trick Map’!


You’ll need:

-Paper (We used Resume Stock Paper)

-Lemon Juice, Cotton ‘Swab’ (Get it…?!  Swab!  hahaha)

-Treasure to Bury

-Spray Paint or Crafty ‘X’ to Mark the Spot

-Oven…heated to 400 degrees

Juice your lemon, then dip your cotton swab in the lemon juice, then ‘paint’ your map.  Steady as she goes, since the ink disappears rather quickly.  Place your map onto a cookie sheet and place in a 400 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes.  Careful when you take it out, it’ll be hot!  Gather your treasure, bury it, mark the spot with an X, and let your littlest Pirates (or the bigger scally-wags) hunt for the treasure.  Fun all around!

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Home School Science Experiments

Making BLUE GOO —