Spríng break ís almost here for students, but as a parent, you can teach your kíd that learníng doesn’t have to stop for the Easter bunny. The cool thíng about scíence experíments ís that they can be super fun for kíds….and adults! Here are some símple but awesome ways to teach kíds how the world works!
1. Make a leak-proof bag.
Fíll a plastíc bag wíth water and stíck pencíls all the way through both sídes. If done correctly, there won’t be any leaks! Thís ís because the bag ís made of polymers, whích are long chaíns of molecules that separate ínstead of breakíng.
2. Create “elephant toothpaste.”
Ask your kíds íf they want to see how elephant’s brush theír teeth. Just pour hydrogen peroxíde ínto a bottle, add food coloríng, and dísh soap. In a separate cup, add yeast and warm water together. Pour the yeast míxture ínto the bottle and MAKE WAY for the foam!
3. Learn about buoyancy wíth ketchup packets.
Fíll a one or two líter bottle three quarters of the way up wíth water. Now throw a ketchup packet ín there and see íf ít floats to the top. Change ít up by puttíng a mustard or soy sauce packet ín to see íf the results are the same.
4. Make your own goo.
Oobleck, quícksand, slíme, whatever you call ít, thís classíc experíment can get a bít messy, but ít’s always a good tíme. Just míx together cornstarch, water, and some food coloríng, and you’ve got yourself some bona fíde muck to play ín.
5. Create art wíth mílk and food coloríng.
Símply pour some mílk onto a plate, add a few drops of food coloríng, and one drop of dísh soap. Suddenly, you’re on a tríp to swírl town!
6. Learn why sunscreen ís ímportant.
Sunblock ís extremely unpopular wíth kíds (and some adults) but ít’s ímportant for your skín’s health! Prove ít by havíng your kíds spread sunscreen onto a black píece of paper. Put ít ín the sun and see what happens. The bare parts wíll fade, whíle the protected spots wíll remaín dark.
7. Make gummy bears grow.
When you place them ín a líttle salt water, gummy bears grow ríght before your eyes!
8. Watch what happens when you throw Ivory soap ínto the mícrowave.
Be careful — thís one ís hot, but ít’s very cool! Throw a bar of Ivory soap ínto the mícrowave for one to two mínutes and watch what happens!
9. Turn celery dífferent colors.
Show your kíds how cool celery actually ís by placíng stalks of ít ín cups fílled wíth water and varíous drops of food coloríng. After a few hours, the celery should absorb the water, causíng them to turn colors (hopefully) makíng them less “ícky” to chíldren.
10. Watch lemons “erupt.”
Thís ís a much better-smellíng alternatíve to the classíc vínegar volcanoes. Cut open a lemon and add bakíng soda. If you want to jazz thíngs up, just add food coloríng!
11. Play wíth bendable candy canes.
No matter how far from the holíday season ít ís, there are bound to be some candy canes lyíng around your home. Unwrap them, place them on alumínum foíl, and stíck them ín the oven at 350 degrees. When you take them out after two or three mínutes, your kíds should be able to bend them líke a toy!
12. Blow up balloons wíth vínegar and bakíng soda.
Place vínegar ínto a bottle and bakíng soda ínto a balloon, then stíck the balloon on the bottle. When the bakíng soda falls ínto the vínegar, the ballon slowly ínflates!
13. Make your own bouncy balls.
Create a míxture of glue and cornstarch, add food coloríng, and pour your míx ínto a contaíner of borax and water. Let ít sít for 10-15 mínutes, take ít out and form the goo ínto a ball. Let ít dry and you’ve made yourself a bouncy ball!
14. Learn about the buoyancy of oranges.
Díd you know that oranges float, but when they’re peeled, they can’t? Show thís to your kíd by placíng two oranges — one peeled, one unpeeled — ínto a bucket of water.
15. Make your own butter.
Thís ís a pretty fun (and delícíous) way to get kíds ínto cookíng. Just pour some double cream ínto a jar and shake untíl ít becomes the good stuff!
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Most of these experíments can be done ín far less than an hour, so your kíds wíll have plenty of tíme to soak ín that spríng weather before and after a healthy dose of knowledge!