The Mad Scientist: Spectacular Science Projects

I am by no means the ‘end all, be all’ of scientists; I don’t even come remotely close! I truly appreciate people who have a passion for any given area of learning and are more than willing to share their resources, time, and energies with the rest of us. 

A little while back, another WordPress homeschool mom shared some of her thoughts with me on spectacular science projects to do with our kids over the summer holiday. (Not that these are limited to summer mind you, they would be splendid for any time of year.) We thought we’d share her ideas, so that you too can join in the summer fun!

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5 Spectacular Science Projects to Make the Holidays More Interesting

Holiday activities for kids usually revolve around the T.V., the computer or the smart phone. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could engage your child in something that’s fun, educational and maybe even something your family can do together? Yes you can – try these holiday-themed DIY science projects for kids of all ages. Those yawns will turn into gapes when your little genius makes a volcano out of household items or bends water with a plastic comb.

Volcano in my House

Volcano

Image – https://flic.kr/p/vJCDB
Photo courtesy – Ryan Dickey

You will need:

  • Flour
  • Cooking oil
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Warm water
  • Pan
  • Plastic soda bottle

Instructions:

  • Mix 6 cups of water, 4 tbsp. cooking oil, 2 cups of salt and 2 cups of water into smooth dough. Add more water if required.
  • Place the soda bottle upright in the pan and carefully mold the dough around it. Leave the mouth of the bottle open and make sure you don’t drop the dough inside.
  • Pour warm water into the bottle until it is almost full.
  • Add a few drops of red food coloring, 6 drops of detergent and 2 tbsp. baking soda into the bottle.
  • Slowly pour the vinegar and brace yourself for the explosion!

Water Bending Feat

You will need:

  • Tap
  • Plastic comb

Instructions:

  • Produce a small stream of water, about 1.5 mm in diameter, from the tap.
  • Run the comb several times through your own or a friend’s hair.
  • Bring the teeth of the comb towards of the water. Make sure it is about 8-10 cm below the tap and an inch away from the stream.
  • The water should now bend towards the comb.

 

Unbreakable Eggs

Unbreakable Eggs

Image – https://flic.kr/p/4SK4P2
Photo courtesy – Alan Levine

You will need:

  • Large plastic box
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Egg

Instructions:

  • Place the egg inside the box and fill it completely with water.
  • Add a handful of salt to the water.
  • Make sure the box is well sealed.
  • Drop the box.
  • Did the egg break?

 

Invisible Ink Messages

You will need:

  • Lemon juice
  • Iron
  • Plain paper
  • Water
  • Cotton buds
  • Bowl

Instructions:

  • Mix a few drops of water and some lemon juice in the bowl.
  • Dip the cotton buds into it and write your message on the paper.
  • After the message dries completely, heat the paper with the iron.
  • All will be revealed!

 

Why Didn’t the Balloon Pop?

Balloon Pop

Image – https://flic.kr/p/8gmwrg
Photo courtesy – San Jose Library

You will need:

  • Latex balloon
  • Pin
  • Clear tape

Instructions:

  • Blow up the balloon.
  • Cut out 2 two-inch pieces of clear tape and stick them in X on the balloon.
  • Aim the pin at the center of the cross and stab. What happens?
  • You will feel air leaking through the hole but the balloon won’t pop for quite some time.
  • To make the balloon pop, you can try squeezing it until the hole reaches widens until the end of the tape.

Simple activities like these will help you instil a love for science in your little ones and keep them productively engaged during the holidays. Get started immediately!

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Corinne Jacobs is a writer, a content developer, a mother, and a self-proclaimed geek.

She loves all things that scream out unschooling, alternative education and holistic learning. She often scours the internet looking for education trends and unique ways to teach and learn. She believes that learning should be an enjoyable experience and in her quest to do so, she has created a platform where she can share her thoughts, things she finds interesting on the internet, and ramblings on various topics.

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5 thoughts on “The Mad Scientist: Spectacular Science Projects

  1. Pingback: » The Mad Scientist: Spectacular Science Projects | A Homeschool Mom

    • Good question! I think it is merely to show young children that liquids can be manipulated and changed. It is to engage curious minds and encourage them to experiment with other methods of altering states of matter.:)

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