Science Party Supplies {bubble, pop, fizz!}

Bubble, pop, fizz! Have a budding scientist on your hands? With our science party supplies, host a party where they can mix, bubble, pour and test to see who’s experiment is the coolest!

Science Party Supplies | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Our science party supplies collection was featured in Columbus Parent Magazine! Kim hosted her son’s sixth birthday party and all the fun details appeared in a two page spread in the issue.

The party supplies collection offers an invitation, thank you note and the following science party supplies:

  • cupcake toppers (4 designs, 8 per printed sheet)
  • cupcake wrappers  (2 designs, 2 per sheet)
  • straw slips (4 designs, 12 per sheet)
  • favor tags  (“Thanks for bubbling over!”, 8 per sheet)
  • cello toppers, (2 designs, 2 per sheet)
  • bottle wrappers (2 designs, 2 per sheet)
  • placecards (blank sheet of 6 per page; personalized upgrade for 12 names available in the a la carte section of the shoppe)
  • dessert tags with 12 pre-filled food ideas and a blank sheet so that you can overprint your own (personalization available),
  • dessert mat (5×7),
  • napkin rings (1 design, 6 per sheet),
  • LAB banner,
  • Experimentation Station banner,
  • Experiment cards with four pre-filled experiments (as shown in the party at the above link) and a blank sheet to overprint or handwrite your own; personalization is also available)
  • 8.5″x 11″ pattern sheets, (3 designs – elements, bubbles, and beakers)
  • NOTE: The standard party décor kit is not personalized, but for a small personalization fee we can add names and ages to most items! Not sure what to add to your cart. Just convo us in Etsy and we’ll help!

No budding scientist, but you have a little camper…or artist…or rock star?! We have over 35 birthday party supplies and holiday party supplies kits. Come have a look!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Space Party Supplies {out of this world ideas}

3, 2, 1…Blast off! Have an aspiring astronaut or budding scientist in your life? Our Space Birthday party supplies are perfect for letting his imagination soar!

Space Story Board

The space party supplies collection offers an invitation, thank you notes and the following space party supplies:

  • cupcake picks (4 designs, 8 per sheet; personalized upgrade for name and age available in the a la carte section of the shoppe),
  • cupcake wrappers (1 pattern, 2 per sheet),
  • cello toppers (2 per sheet),
  • bottle/beverage wrappers (1 design, 2 per sheet),
  • dessert labels (12 pre-filled plus a blank sheet; personalized upgrade for 12 of your own names available in the a la carte section of the shoppe),
  • napkin rings (6 per sheet),
  • favor box label with sheet of 2″ round favor labels (8 per sheet),
  • favor tags (8 per sheet with “Thanks for Blasting By!”; personalized upgrade with child’s name available in the a la carte section of the shoppe),
  • straw slips (3 designs, 12 per sheet),
  • 8′x10″ activities mat,
  • banner (as seen above plus large “BLAST OFF 1, 2, 3″ letters for DIY backdrop),
  • astronaut placecard/ name badge (blank sheet of 6 per page; personalized upgrade for 12 names available in the a la carte section of the shoppe),
  • 20″x 30″ poster (“Space Station” text only; personalized upgrade available in the a la carte section of the shoppe),
  • 8.5″ x 11″ pattern papers (3 designs),
  • NOTE: The standard party décor kit is not personalized, but for a small personalization fee we can add names and ages to most items! Not sure what to add to your cart. Just convo us in Etsy and we’ll help!

No little astronaut, but you have a budding scientist…or artist…or rock star?! We have over 35 birthday party supplies and holiday party supplies kits. Come have a look!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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crafts for kids {12 science craft ideas}

12 Summer Science Crafts for Kids

Want crafts for kids? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained and learning this summer?

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our second installment, science crafts for kids. What mom doesn’t want her child to learn while having fun? {grin} Make sure you check out our first roundup, 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids too.

Since my background is science (I was a pharmacist before staying home with the kids), I’m always looking for fun ways to teach my kids principles of science. These science crafts for kids are a fantastic way to bring art and science together through crafts!

  • Starfire Explosion Tie Dye Shirt via Fave Crafts is a fabulous experiment in colors and shapes. This site offers great tutorials in a multitude of patterns.
  • Bubble Gift Wrap Paper via Martha Stewart crafters makes beautiful papers and a fantastic lesson in surface tension
  • Absorbing Artwork via Spoonful combines a lesson in absorption and what happens when colors mix.
  • DIY Foam Stamps via Mom’s Crafty space allow for creative freedom and teach about negative space, too
  • Exploding Artwork via Housing a Forest is a frame-worthy lesson in air pressure
  • Marshmallow Shooter via Macaroni Kid lets kids learning about trajectories; but let’s face it…it’s just fun to shoot stuff at people {wink}

Can you feel your brain expanding yet?

  • Crystal Rainbows via Sweet and Simple Things can be made into almost anything. And they teach kids heat increasing dissolution as well as evaporation.
  • Spring Bouquet via Spoonful is a gorgeous way to brighten up any space. Kids will love learning about how the flowers draw in the coloring and why it stays.
  • Ice Art via Nurture Store claims to be a winter activity, but I see lots of potential for summer fun.  Colored ice blocks can be shaped and create cool sculptures.
  • Magnetic Silly Putty via Instructables adds a new element to an old favorite. Cool way to learn a bit about magnetic properties!
  • Homemade Gak via Musings of a SAHM is ooey, gooey, gross fun at it’s finest!
  • Mason Jar Terrarium via Scissors and Steam brings a live craft into your child’s world while providing you a chance to teach about why plants are so good for us to have on Earth.

I’m working on more posts including water crafts for kids, math crafts for kids and more! We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

As always,  we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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science experiment activities

Those who stop in know that my oldest is a scientist (his birthday party last year). What this means is that I have read too many bug books, collected too many live… and dead… oh yes… specimens, dug up too many worms, bought too many science kits and gadgets… but at the end of the day it’s all honestly wonderful because he is so very curious… and he takes his little brother and I along for the ride. My youngest, by the way, is into dinosaurs (his party last year)… so we have to go fossil hunting a lot too. {wink}

So yesterday I shared a customer’s science birthday party (find our printable invitation and science party supplies in the shoppe) and it got me thinking about a fabulous gift my son received at his robot birthday party (details coming soon!) a few weeks ago, a book called 365 Science Experiments (written and tested by teachers is all is says for the author). It’s full of simple science projects, most of which can be completed in 15 minutes or less, perfect for busy families. I do wish it had a bit more detail on what you’re learning (again, because my son wants to know everything), but all in all, it’s a wonderful buy especially if your child is just getting interested in hands on science. Or, if you’re looking for simple experiments for your science birthday party!

So last night my sons and I created a pond in a jar for a school project. And so I thought I would capture it with my camera for his teacher, as well as for you.  This is my guy (with me holding on to his shirt) digging up mud for the bottom of our pond.

And this is a shot of our mud, and a small snail, plus who know what else… the girly in me was coming out… something I constantly have to fight back as a mom of two adventurous boys.

And this… well this is the algea that was growing on the top of the neighborhood pond. We just HAD to have some of that. Right?

This is my son using a very scientific tool (aka: a stick) to put some in the jar. We also had to collect a few live pond plants and plant them in the mud before carefully adding pond water to the side of the jar as to not completely disturb our new habitat.

The goal of the project is for the kids in his class to observe the living things in pond water over the next week. And the plants are for those things that don’t stay in water all the time. {skin crawling}

But no worries if messy science isn’t for you. There are hundreds of experiments that just require typical household items. As a matter of fact, the book is broken into biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology and weather.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Vincenzo’s mad scientist party

I absolutely LOVE to see pictures from moms that have been inspired by my parties and our party supplies. You can find our science party supplies in the shoppe (invitations, thank you notes and party supplies)! Rachel from Mrs. Mouthy hosted this fabulous party for her son Vincenzo and wow did she go all out! That cake alone is just too fun and would be a perfect idea for a Halloween party too! But I think my favorite is the fruit molecules. Too clever!

And not only did she have frightenly fun MAD scientist goodies, she had a number of simple and super fun science experiments for the kiddos. Hop over to the Mrs. Mouthy blog to see all the details!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! And thank you so much Rachel for sharing!

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If you’ve invited guests with our invitations or styled your party with table decor or printable items from The Celebration Shoppe, we would love to see! Send a link or pictures to customercare@celebrationshoppe.com. (By submitting information and/or images you are giving us the right to publish your events details with the appropriate credits.)

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customer: a tested hypothesis

I love to see little scientists in action and at Kenton’s six birthday party a few weeks ago, he and his friends bubbled, poured and tested to prove their hypothesis: science birthday parties bubble over with fun!

Kristie did a wonderful job of decorating and planning the experiments. She used our science party printable collection and our orange and white polka dot table decor. And she raved about our custom science beaker and element butter cookies (baked and shipped from our partners at  Sweet Tooth Cottage). Told you guys they were yummy! {Thanks so much for letting us share Kenton’s birthday Kristie!}

You can see our science birthday party supplies in the shoppe, including science party invitations, thank you notes and printable party supplies like beverage wrappers, dessert tags, favor tags, cupcake picks and more.

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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If you’ve invited guests with our invitations or styled your party with table decor or printable items from The Celebration Shoppe, we would love to see! Send a link or pictures to customercare@celebrationshoppe.com. (By submitting information and/or images you are giving us the right to publish your events details with the appropriate credits.)

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customer: Hayden is mad for science

I actually planned to show you more of our recent art party photo shoot today, until I received this fabulous mad scientist party from our customer, Cindy. She and the birthday boy, Hayden, planned this party together for almost a year. In her words, “Hayden loves science and wanted his friends to enjoy some fun science experiments.”

As those who stop in often know, my son Alex was my inspiration for our science collection (my many posts showing his party last fall) and it just thrills me to see Hayden and his friends having so much fun.

The kids received goggles and lab coats at the “Scientist Check-in Station,” then went on to go through a retinal scan performed by Hayden using a large glow stick and finally received a mini makeover (aka mad scientist hair) before entering the laboratory (aka the backyard). Hayden’s dad, Steve, was the head “Mad Scientist” and led all the experiments with his very own lab coat and name tag, Dr. so and so. {Love that!}

The kids got to perform several experiements. Isn’t the slime fabulous! Like me, Cindy picked up a ton of supplies from Steve Spangler Science.

And this one is a carbon dioxide bubbles experiment. In Cindy’s words “Carbon dioxide bubbles were made using a ‘special’ jar purchased from Steve Spangler Science. Steve had to use dry ice to make this experiment work. It was a big hit! The kids loved wearing the glove that made the carbon dioxide bubble not burst. The kids also did an experiment to identify the different density of liquids. They just loved seeing the magic of the colors separating!”

Here’s a shot of Hayden and his fellow scientists. Happy Birthday Hayden! And thank you Cindy for allowing us to share Hayden’s big day. You did a terrific job!

If you’d like to read more about Hayden’s birthday and see more pictures, hop over to Cindy’s family blog, Party of Five. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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science birthday party crafts

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In mid-September I held my oldest son’s science birthday party (part I, part II, feature in Columbus Parent Magazine) and mentioned that I would share a few of the crafts: paper mache books for the book shelves on the dessert table, hand scanner for entry to our top secret lab and “Alex’s Lab This Way” sign.

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For the paper mache books, I simply purchased the books from the craft store, painted them with craft paint (absorbs quickly), stenciled on “Biology,” “Chemistry,” and “Astronomy” and then sealed them with a spray (also available at the craft store). The books actually open and can be used for storage so they ended up being little gifts for my son after the party and he uses them to store his collections… aka dried leaves, rocks, bugs (in mini specimen jars!). 

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The second craft was my son’s favorite. He had been planning a hand scanner for his lab in the basement so I thought it only appropriate to make one for his party. Mine wasn’t functional of course (he plans on his actually working and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if it actually does), but it was fun. First I painted the board white and allowed it to dry. Next I painted his hand (yes, that is my baby’s little hand) and we stamped it in the middle of the sign. And finally I stenciled on the letters (cut out using a Cricut).

Unfortunately I didn’t get a great shot of the “Alex’s Lab This Way” sign that pointed everyone to the lab entrance, but it was accomplished in much the same way, paint and stencils.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone and stop back next week to see our new BELIEVE collection and a very fun and easy DIY Christmas advent calendar idea.

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press: Columbus Parent Magazine

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I’m so excited to announce that I’m a new contributor to Columbus Parent Magazine. I’ve been a fan of this Central Ohio monthly publication ever since my boys were born. It’s chocked-full of all things family from what events are happening around the area to tips on identifying childhood illnesses to planning the perfect family movie night and all that is in between.

For my first assignment, I had the opportunity to share my son Alex’s sixth birthday party where we mixed, bubbled, poured and tested our way through several real experiments and then several bowls of ice cream! To read the full article, you can flip to pages 44 and 45 of the virtual issue, or you can view the online version of the article and leave me a comment, which I would LOVE and APPRECIATE since this is my first contribution. (Update: Thanks to everyone who commented on the magazine’s website, unfortunately they updated their online branding and all comments were lost. In any case, I did get to read them before they were gone and I truly appreciated every sweet word!)

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And for much more on the big day including many more pictures, read part I (party overview and dessert table), part II (science experiments) and visit my shoppe for science printable party supplies. Plus, the craft post is coming next week! Join me on facebook and twitter for regular updates about what’s coming next, including a fabulous freebie in the December issue!

And if you want to know more about Columbus Parent Magazine, you can connect with them on twitter and facebook too!

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real parties: scientist part II

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As I mentioned in the part I scientist party post, my son loves science (I mean check out that face!) and he spends a lot of time reading (or having me read) science books. So when it came time to pick experiments he already had some ideas about what he wanted to do. I did have to remind him that we would have to have supplies times 10, so in the end we compromised. We chose three experiments for the kids and a grand finale.

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But before we get into the experiments, let me set the stage by giving you a tour of our laboratory. The kid’s were greeted at the gate by a “Scan to Enter” sign that my son felt was a must, especially since this is a top secret area!

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As they rounded the corner, the pergola was labeled with a large LAB banner,

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and nestled underneath were two long tables covered in green tablecloths and topped with all the supplies needed to complete our experiments.

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Each child’s experiment station was anchored by a sheet of solid orange scrapbook cardstock with an experiment card to the left and topped with a placecard from our new science birthday party supplies collection.

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Here’s a better look at the placecard tied to a test tube filled with candies!

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But before the kids could enter, they had to gear up with monogrammed lab coats (available through our partner at Sew Jewell). Alex wanted his to have this cute little worm performing an experiment on his pocket, as well as the bubbling test tubes coming out of the pocket, like all of his guests.

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The kids also received goggles embellished with the collection’s “Thanks for bubbling over!” favor tags.

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Now on to the experiments. First I have to tell you that one of the best decisions I made while planning this party was to recruit two of my best girlfriends, Tammy and Maura. Maura is a fabulous blogger at 36×37 (and not just because she wrote about me; her perception of me is heavily clouded by our friendship!) and a corporate editor and Tammy is an entrepreneur and a TEACHER. That’s right, I pulled out the big guns!

I organized the lab into two tables, big kids (5-6 year olds plus little brother) and little kids (3-4 year olds). Maura took on helping to keep the little ones focused while Tammy taught the big kids. That’s right, I said taught. She totally wowed me. She came prepared with a little lesson for each experiment: primary colors, weather and buoyancy. She kept them completely engaged the entire time and it was obvious that the kids were really enjoying themselves. Not only did I have a professional actually teaching the kids something, I was able to sit back with the other parents and enjoy watching the little light bulbs go off over their heads. It was wonderful! (Thank you ladies both again!)

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For the first experiment, the primary color test, we set up six cups (short clear plastic cups, $2.50 for 40 from Kroger) per child, three empty and three filled 1/3 way with water. Then we dropped three fizzing tablets (100 tablets for $4.99 from http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/), red/blue/yellow, into the water. Next we had the children mix the colors into the empty cups to make orange, green and purple. Finally we let them pour in a small amount of oil so they could see how the water and oil won’t mix.

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For the second experiment, a weather experiment, we placed a scoop of insta-snow in large test tubes and let the kids mix the contents with water. The snow grows so fast that it pops out the top. Tammy explained how real snow was formed and then let them add the water and watch the magic. The product is Insta-snow and it is perfectly safe for kids to handle. (Insta-snow was $4.95 and the test tubes were $5.95 for six with a rack, both from www.stevespanglerscience.com)

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For third experiment, Alex’s favorite, we chose buoyancy (upward force that allows large objects to float). For each child we set up:

  • bowls filled half way with water (Rubbermaid bowls from the dollar store, 2 for $1),
  • two equal size pieces of aluminum (roll for $1 from the Dollar Store), and
  • 20 paper clips (pkg of 200 for $1 from the Dollar Store).

The kids put 10 paperclips on one piece of aluminum foil, balled it up and dropped it in. It sank. Then they folded the edges of the second piece of aluminum foil to make a small boat. They floated it on the top of the water and added 10 paperclips (one at a time or slowly). The lesson teaches that with more surface area the same weighted objects can float, just like large ships do on the sea.

And for the grand finale, a Mentos and Diet Coke geyser which was set off by my husband Steve while the rest of us stood far away! The reaction is instant and our geyser was about 20 feet in the air. (Mentos geyser tube from http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/ for $4.95). The kids loved it, but unfortunately I didn’t get a great picture of it because of all the commotion!

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As I outlined in the part I post, I’ll share all the crafts, as well as our feature in Columbus Parent Magazine (now up!) shortly. Plus all of these items will be in the shoppe along with the invitations shortly. Thanks everyone for the lovely comments on the part I post too. I appreciate all the encouraging and sweet words more than you know!

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