Science Experiment for Kids – How to Make Water Rise

This simple at home science experiment for kids will fascinate and intrigue your children as they watch water seemingly defy gravity.  The question you’ll have for them will be, “How is the water rising?”

What you’ll need:

  • A pie plate
  • A match
  • A candle
  • A lump of clay or chewing gum to hold the candle in place
  • Water
  • A glass (don’t use plastic)

Let’s get started!

Step 1.  Add about one inch of water to your pie plate.

670px-Make-Water-Rise-Step-3-Version-2Step 2.  Place a short candle in the middle of the tray.  If it doesn’t stand up by itself, use the clay or chewing gum to secure it to the bottom.

670px-Make-Water-Rise-Step-4-Version-2Step 3.  Light the candle.

670px-Make-Water-Rise-Step-5-Version-2Step 4.  Carefully place the inverted glass over the candle, setting the rim into the water.

670px-Make-Water-Rise-Step-6-Version-2Step 5.  Watch as the water rises and the candle goes out.  How did this happen?  Ask your children to give you their ideas and theories.   Reveal the real reason below and repeat the experiment a second time so that they can follow along.

What happened?

Notice carefully as the water rises in the glass.  While the candle goes out because it consumes oxygen, that’s not why the water rises. The water rises after the candle goes out.

  • As you lower the glass over the candle, the flame heats the air inside the glass.
  • The glass contacts the surface of the water, trapping a volume of warm air.
  • The candle goes out and this warm air cools rapidly.
  • Air that cools rapidly under a constant pressure does so according to Charles’s law, a specific version of the ideal gas law that holds the quantity of gas and the pressure constant. Charles’s law holds that the ratio of Volume to Temperature is constant.
  • Since the temperature decreases, the volume must also decrease.
  • Additionally, some water vapor may condense on the sides of the glass and back into the liquid water. This also reduces the total volume of gas inside the glass.

The simple answer is that fire heats the air in the glass, so the air volume increases causing positive pressure inside. As fire goes out, and the air cools inside the glass, the volume decreases lowering the pressure (forming a vacuum). Then the outside air pressure the with pushes the water into the glass until the pressure inside and outside the glass are equal.

Did you enjoy this fun science experiment for kids?  If so, check out some of the great science kits and other at home science experiments at

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A Fall Survival Reading List For Boys That’s All About Survival

Fall is the perfect time for reading.  The following best-selling survival-themed books are a hit amongst boys of all ages.  If you are a homeschooling family, you can even incorporate some of these into your lesson plan!

The Survival Handbook The Survival Handbook
Would you know what to do if you met a bear in the woods? How exactly do you light a fire in the rain? What should you do if stranded in shark-infested waters? Get the answer to these and many more questions in this no-nonsense guide to survival training and wilderness adventure. Each page has detailed illustrations, specific and step-by-step instructions, and useful tips.

Includes information on survival basics, camp craft, navigation, shelters, food, first aid, rescue and more!  320 pages.

The Total Outdoorsman Manual The Total Outdoorsman Manual
This book covers it all.  The 408 pages cover the essential skills every outdoorsman should have.  You’ll learn how to hunt better, fish smarter, survive anything, and camp anywhere.  Outdoorsmen of EVERY age will love this book.

Bear Grylls:  A Survival Guide for Life The Bear Grylls Survival Guide for Life
Now this isn’t a “survival” book as judged by the typical standards.  However, we include it here because there are many valuable life-lessons that teenage boys can learn and benefit from.

In A Survival Guide for Life, Bear Grylls shares the hard-earned wisdom he’s gained in the harshest environments on earth, from the summit of Mt Everest to the boot camps of the British Special Forces:
• What are the most important skills to learn if you really want to achieve your maximum potential?
• How do you keep going when all the odds are stacked against you?
• How can you motivate a team to follow you in spite of apparent risks?

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Why a Boys Store? The Answer is Simple

We often get asked, “Why a Boys Store?”  It’s a good question, and we appreciate the opportunity to answer.  Let’s see what JM Cremp’s founder, Jay Asplin, has to say.

“My wife and I have five sons of our own. As we were raising these guys we began to realize that not many people wanted to encourage boys to be boys…to understand what makes boys unique…to celebrate that uniqueness.  That is why we focus on boyhood…it is our purpose.   We want to give boys who are growing up in this world the tools and traditions to help them become men of integrity, honor and faith.

Boys are unique. They grow, mature, and think differently than girls.  Why not celebrate their uniqueness and give them the tools to thrive in their own special way?

Boys are unique. They grow, mature, and think differently than girls. Why not celebrate their uniqueness and give them the tools to thrive in their own special way?

We are not just your average toy store.  Our purpose is to encourage families raising boys through the products we sell.  It doesn’t meant that we think ONLY boys will like our products, certainly many girls like adventure as well.  Just as many girls stores focus on the uniqueness of girls, we’ve chosen to focus our energies on the things that foster uniqueness and growth in young men through a traditional american boyhood experience.”

Jay is right. Boys are unique. For example, boys mature differently, they process thoughts differently, and recent research has shown that boys even see and hear differently. Boys also interpret spacial settings in their own unique way. A boy’s brain develops differently while still in the womb, and then again through the process of puberty. It is because of this uniqueness that JM Cremp’s products and messaging are designed specifically for boys.  We want to encourage families raising boys to not only understand these differences and the uniqueness of boyhood, but to embrace them.

As a group, boys are struggling in our society.  They are having a hard time in school, and even fewer boys are going on to college. Video games are replacing time that should be spent being creative, imaginative and adventurous. Movies and television are replacing books, and as a result boys are no longer reading like they did 30 years ago.  We’ve even seen the trend where adult males are living at home for much longer than they have in the past.

We want to encourage families to raise men, and we believe the only path to manhood is through boyhood. You will find many great resources for raising boys and developing the characteristics of manhood such as: honor, integrity, respect, perseverance, faith, courage, discipline and more. We believe manhood is not an age, but rather a maturity. We appreciate the opportunity to help your family in this journey.

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How to Help Your Child Get Organized

When your child is old enough to start cleaning their room or begin attending school, organization skills can be crucial in helping them succeed in school and in their careers later on in life. To help your child get organized, you can develop a daily routine that teaches them how to maintain the order of their room and how to complete certain tasks on time, such as their homework. Continue reading this guide to learn about the many ways in which you can teach your child skills that will help them become more organized.


Maintain an organized household with belongings in their place. When you have a designated place for each belonging, your child can become accustomed to the same type of organization.

  • Consistently put your belongings back into their designated spaces; such as placing shoes back into the coat closet, placing clean dishes in the kitchen cabinets, and putting books back onto the bookshelf.
  • Remind your children to do the same.  Even though many times it is easier to just pick up after them, resist the urge to do so.


Develop a routine that requires your child to clean their room regularly. This will help teach your child the habit for keeping their personal space organized.

  • Tell your child to clean their room nightly before bedtime by having them place their toys and belongings in the appropriate spots.


Develop a list of basic organization guidelines your child can follow. Since children may have their own idea of how to keep things organized, a basic to-do list will help enforce a sense of organization in your child.

  • Place basic tasks on the to-do list; such as making their bed, picking up toys from the floor, and separating clean clothes from dirty clothes, then allow your child to complete these tasks in their own way.
  • Allow your child to organize their room according to their personal preference. This will help instill motivation and a positive attitude in your child in regards to staying organized.

Teach your child time management skills. When your child knows they must complete tasks within a specific timeframe, they will learn how to develop organized methods for completing those tasks.

  • Give your child a specific time frame in which they must clean their rooms or finish their schoolwork.
  • Remind your child when tasks are to be completed or when appointments must be met. For example, inform your child they must finish cleaning their room within 15 minutes of dinner being ready.


Help your child make lists of tasks that must be completed. Lists can help your child get organized for large-scale projects or tasks. For example, if they must create a diorama for school, have them make a list of steps that need be done in order, such as obtaining a box for the diorama in step 1.

  • Show your child how to cross off completed steps from the checklist so they feel a sense of accomplishment when tasks are finished.


Perform certain activities at the same time on a daily basis. This will teach your child how to stay organized in regards to developing routines or rituals.

  • Have your child perform their homework daily after school has ended while sitting at their desk in their bedroom.
  • Eat dinner with your family at the same time every night, and send your child to bed within a specific timeframe on a nightly basis.


Praise your child when they are staying organized. Positive compliments and praise will encourage your child to continue staying organized.

For other excellent parenting tips for both moms and dads, check out JM Cremp’s Parenting Resources page.

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A Backyard Waterpark for Kids – Make Your Own Slip and Slide in 6 Easy Steps

Just because summer is winding down, doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in a lot of summer fun before the leaves change color.  A homemade slip and slide is easy to set up and is a blast for the whole family.  Set it up at your next family gathering and watch the laughter ensue!

Step 1.  Plastic sheeting. If you don’t already have a roll of plastic sheeting they are easy to find at the nearest hardware store.  The ideal size is a standard 10 x 100 foot (3 x 30 meter) roll of plastic sheeting.

  • Look for sheeting in the paint supply section. You should be able to find a sufficient roll for $5-30 USD.[1]
  • You may find rolls of various lengths available; have a slipping-and-sliding space in mind while you’re making your purchase, and try to buy a roll that will fit that space. If you’re just using a backyard, 20-30 feet should suffice; if you’ll be using a large, grassy hill, or a public park, you may plan for a 50-foot, 100-foot, or 200-foot slide. Remember that you can always fold the sheet over if it’s too long or too wide, and you can always tape the ends of two sheets together to make an extra-long slide.
  • Find the thickest plastic that you can. The sheet should be at least 4-6 feet wide–broad enough that you won’t slide off halfway down the slide. As a rough rule of thumb: the longer the slide, the wider it should be.
  • You may also consider using a standard tarp, although most tarps may not be long enough for a quality slide. If you’re setting up a slide in your yard, then a large tarp should suffice. Tarps tend to be thicker and sturdier than plastic sheeting, but they’re also much more expensive. Find the longest, thinnest tarp that you can.

Step 2. Choose your sliding location. You’ll need a large, soft, grassy area, preferably on a slope. Consider building a slide on the beach. Make sure that you’ll be able to access a water supply.

  • Make sure to choose a spot where you won’t run into a driveway, a road, or any trees. Check for obstacles in the path of the slide: potholes in the grass, small bushes or stumps, or rocks that could be painful to a slider. Avoid all potential hazards.
  • A grassy, gently-sloped hill is ideal, if you can find one. The steeper the hill, the faster you’ll go–and the more likely that you’ll take a tumble off the slide on the way down! Carefully consider who will be riding this slide. If you’re making a slide for young children, choose a shorter, flatter run–a gentle, grassy backyard is perfect. If you’re a teenager or an adult making a slide for other teenagers or adults, feel free to chase the adrenaline and pick the biggest hill you can find. Slide at your own risk.
  • Make sure that the end of slide is safe, soft, and flat. Ideally, your slip-and-slide should run out onto a long, grassy lawn. You’ll be coming down the slide pretty quickly, so be sure that you have plenty of room to land. Keep the end of the run far away from potentially painful surfaces: rocks, sidewalks, roads, walls. Consider running the slide out into a body of water: a pool, a pond, or a river.
  • Always have an adult confirm that the space is safe to use. Better safe than sorry!

Step 4. Find a water supply. You’ll need to keep the slide constantly lubricated to ensure a smooth and slippery sliding experience.

  • If you’re setting up the slide in the yard of your house, you can just use a standard garden hose. If you have any sort of spigot attachments–a spray hose, for instance–feel free to use it for more control.
  • If you’re slipping and sliding away from home–say, on a grassy hill, or in a public park–look around for a spigot. If you can find a spigot, then consider bringing a hose from home to hook up, but be aware that your community may frown upon you tapping into the municipal water supply.  Make sure you get permission before doing so!
  • If you’re away from home and you can’t find a spigot, then you’ll need to supply your own water. Bring a few buckets, and fill them up with water at the nearest tap. Pour out the water at the top of the slide and let it run down. Return to the tap to refill as needed. Your supply is low, so you shouldn’t pour the water out until right before someone rides the slide.

Step 4.  Roll out the plastic sheeting. When you’re ready to set up the slide, spread your sheeting out over the sliding run.

  • Make sure that the sheeting is as straight as possible. Smooth out any wrinkles. Align the course along the natural slope of the hill. You will start at the top (or on the hillside) and end up at the bottom.
  • Fold the sheeting as needed to get the size and shape that you want. If you want a narrower slide, stick to 4-6 feet wide. If you prefer a wider slide, leave the sheeting as wide as you bought it. Use your best judgement, and above all make the slide safe.
  • Remember: the longer the slide, the more time you’ll have to tumble off the sides, especially if you start sliding at an angle. Consider leaving the slide wide for extra-long sheets.
  • Consider holding the sheet taut, with one person holding each corner in the air, in order to ensure that it’s been completely unfurled.

Step 5.  Anchor the sheet to the ground. You want to slip and slide on the slip-and-slide, but you don’t want the slip-and-slide to slip and slide around while you’re slipping and sliding. This is especially important for longer slides and slides on hills.

  • Use metal stakes or tent pegs to hold the corners in place. You may want to stake down the edges of longer slides, at intervals, to ensure that everything stays where it should.
  • You can use heavy objects to weigh down the corners of the slide, but don’t use anything that will injure you if you run into at a high speed. Buckets and plastic containers (filled with water for weight) are good; chairs are good; anything that you can knock over without hurting yourself is good; anything soft but dense (like a hay bale) is good. Cinderblocks, heavy rocks, and bricks are not good; sharp objects are not good; anything that you wouldn’t want to smash against your face is not good.
  • Make sure that the slide is secured in place. Once people start sliding down the sheet, it will shift around and bunch up into itself unless you’ve stretched it taut. If you plan ahead, you’ll save yourself the trouble of pausing the fun to adjust it later.
  • A smoother slide is a safer slide. If the sheet bunches up, wrinkles, and shifts around, the water won’t flow smoothly, and riders will be more likely to tumble off-course. This is especially true of long slides.

Step 6.  Spray the slide with water. If you have access to a hose, use a hose. If you don’t, use a bucket to carry water to the slide. The larger the slide, the more water you’ll need.

  • Make sure to soak the entire length of the slide. If your slide lies on a slope, you can leave a hose running at the top so that a continuous stream of water courses down the sheet. You can do the same thing with a bucket, but be sparing if you’re working with a limited supply.
  • If you aren’t running a hose continuously–whether it’s a conscious effort to preserve water, or just because you’re using a bucket–try to splash the slide directly before someone takes a ride. Make sure that the slide is consistently wet, from top to bottom. It’s most important that the slide is wet at its beginning end.
  • Consider adding a few cups of soap or detergent to the water, or pouring soap at the head of the slide. You can also use, say, bubble bath. The detergent will mix with the water and make for a delightfully slippery experience. Be careful not to get any soap in your eyes; consider wearing goggles in particularly soapy situations.
  • If you’re sliding in the rain, wait for the downpour to thoroughly drench the plastic sheeting. If it’s wet and slick, you should be good to go. Be aware the rain might make for a muddy situation.
  • Test out the slide Have a responsible person give the tarp a few test runs, just to be sure that it’s safe. Make sure that there’s plenty of room to stop at the end of the slide. Once you’re given the go-ahead: limber up. It’s time to slip and slide!

Now you’re ready to slip and slide and have a great time!  But before you do, remember these important safety tips:

  • Before you slide, make sure that there’s no one standing, sitting, or laying in the way. Look out for rocks, pavement, and other potentially painful surfaces. It’s better to take a spill into the grass than to run into someone else at full speed.
  • After you ride as far as you can go, get off the slide quickly to make way for the next slider. If it’s a long slide, and the next slider can’t tell whether you’ve gotten off, yell “All clear!” to give the go-ahead.

Enjoy your homemade slip and slide during the last warm days of the summer season.  If you want some fun accessories and other great water toys to go with your new backyard watermark, then check out these best sellers from JM Cremps:

The Aquazooka Utlimate Water Blaster –  This awesome water cannon will shoot up to 60 feet!

The 3 Water Person Balloon Launcher – This is really a boy’s dream come true.  The distance and accuracy at which  both water balloons and snowballs can be launched will blow their minds.

The Wabobo Extreme Water Ball – Yes, it’s a weird name, but the Waboba Extreme is America’s favorite water ball.  This ball is designed to bounce off of the water which makes it extremely fun in the pool or at the lake.

The instructional portion of this article was provided by wikiHow, a wiki building the world’s largest, highest quality how-to manual.  How to Make a Slip and Slide: 8 Steps (with pictures). Content on wikiHow can be shared under a Creative Commons License.

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Make This School Year All About Learning Through Adventure

As the school year approaches, take a minute to reflect upon your school years.  Skip past the football games, the assemblies, and the lunch breaks spent with friends.  Try to go back to your time spent in class.  Do you remember sitting through a lecture, reading the required chapter, and acing the test on Friday only to forget everything you learned by the time Monday rolled around?  If so, don’t feel too bad.  Not everyone is a “book” learner, and this is especially true when it comes to boys.  Boys tend to be hands-on learners who thrive on learning by experience.

Fortunately, we understand this at JM Cremp’s and we have several creative ways for your boys to learn while still having fun.  Here are some of our best sellers:

Remote Controlled Machines Building Kit Remote Control Machines Kit for Kids
Your creative genius can build one of ten remote control vehicles with this one kit.  This award-winning science kit teaches kids several different scientific principles in a hands-on and fun manner.


Glowing Chemistry Set
Brighten up their world with Glowing Chemistry!  This hands-on science kit will have them combining chemicals for brilliant results.  Before you know it they’ll be producing blue light in a test tube. They’ll even learn how to make coins and radishes glow!Glowing Chemistry Set




A Beginner’s 3-Blade Craft Carver Set Whittling and carving is for the creative at heart who don’t like having idle hands.  Inspire creativity in your son with a simple beginner’s set that will teach him to safely whittle and carve.  Beginner 3-blade Craft Carver Whittling Set


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Children Learn What They Live

In 1954, American writer and family counselor Dorothy Law Nolte wrote a poem on child rearing for the Torrance Herald.  The poem was titled “Children Learn What They Live”.  The poem resonated with parents so much that it was even distributed to millions of new parents by a baby formula company.  The popularity of that poem hasn’t died away, and for very good reason.  The words and message are as relevant today as they ever were, and they serve as a good reminder to us all on how to lead by example.

Children are what they learn, so a little love and patience goes a long way!

Children are what they learn, so a little love and patience goes a long way!

If a child lives with criticism,
he learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility,
he learns to fight.

If a child lives with fear,
he learns to be apprehensive.

If a child lives with pity,
he learns to feel sorry for himself.

If a child lives with ridicule,
he learns to be shy.

If a child lives with jealousy,
he learns what envy is.

If a child lives with shame,
he learns to feel guilty.

If a child lives with encouragement,
he learns to be confident.

If a child lives with tolerance,
he learns to be patient.

If a child lives with praise,
he learns to be appreciative.

If a child lives with acceptance,
he learns to love.

If a child lives with approval,
he learns to like himself.

If a child lives with recognition,
he learns that it is good to have a goal.

If a child lives with sharing,
he learns about generosity.

If a child lives with honesty and fairness,
he learns what truth and justice are.

If a child lives with security,
he learns to have faith in himself and in those about him.

If a child lives with friendliness,
he learns that the world is a nice place in which to live.

If you live with serenity,
your child will live with peace of mind.

-Dorothy Law Nolte

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