Summer School: Science Fun

It wasn’t until high school that I developed an appreciation for science. There, we were able to do fun experiments; mix chemicals, dissect frogs, and other fun things like that. I wanted to make sure that our kids had the opportunity to truly enjoy science at a much younger age. During summer, we step outside our regular curriculum and shake things up.

Our “rubber” egg

As I mentioned in Summer School: Geography Fun, we do ten weeks of summer school. One day each week is dedicated to science experiments and over the last couple of years we have found some doozies. Some are from my school days, some from my husband’s, and some just from a basic search on the internet.

Homemade Crystals

When picking experiments, I try to ensure that each week covers a different area of science. So, for example, one week we might be covering magnetism and the next, micro-organisms. This keeps us interested and ensures that more topics are covered.

 

Not sure where to find just the right experiment or what to cover? Try Kids Science Experiments! I have found this website to be very helpful and organized. There is something for just about everyone.

Lastly, make sure to let your family know your plans. They are wonderful helps when it comes to ideas. My father-in-law added the crowning touch a few summers ago when he had us over to do a rabbit dissection. The kids learned so much from him and he loved being able to be involved.

Volcano time!

“Call to me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you know not.” Jeremiah 33:3  The Bible reminds us that the Lord will show us His might hand in all of His creation. If we seek Him and ask Him to show us the wonders of His work, we will truly be amazed at what a wonderful God He is.

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15 thoughts on “Summer School: Science Fun

  1. Love your awesome summer ideas! I bookmarked the Kids Science Experiments page for later perusal. Jer. 33:3 is a nice reminder of the hand of the One who hid all these amazing secrets for us to discover! It reminds me of a story I heard once about an early ship’s captain (maybe in the 16th or 17th century?) who read Psalm 8:6-7; “You made him ruler over the works of Your hands; You put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.” He began to ponder the “paths of the seas” and actually discovered them! Those “paths” then became the shipping lanes that are still used today. (Maybe the speaker was Ken Ham?) The secrets of the Lord truly are with those who fear Him! 🙂

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  2. That rubber egg makes me laugh! We made some rubber eggs this winter, but one of the girls couldn’t contain herself from picking up an egg after, I don’t know, maybe a day or two. The egg busted open and made a horrible mess in the glass it was contained in. It sat on the counter while the blizzard subsided outside, when I then walked it to the edge of the patio and dumped it in the 3 feet of snow! Two weeks ago spring came, and my husband saw this “jelly” mess in the green grass, and said, “WHAT is that!!?!”

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  3. I bought Usborne Science Experiments for K and a little older. I never got to really do anything with the boys for the last two years, except the odd paper airplane and animal shadows against the wall. This term how ever I changed things around and every Friday is either arts and crafts or science experiment. It is low key enough that they understand what is happening, but starts them on the road of curiosity with regards to science.
    This week we are learning about the Tower of Babel in Bible lessons, so I chose building a tower with marshmallows and kebab-sticks for our science experiments. Teaches them that structures with triangular corners are much stronger than just straight lines, double sticks, etc.

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