Seven Super Simple Science Experiments To Try at Home
Science experiments don’t always need a lab coat and a microscope. I bet you’ve got most if not all of the below items in your cupboard already.
These are great school holiday boredom busters too, especially ones like the “Icy Treasures”
Also, if your kids are really into science and are aged 6-15 check out the University of Adelaide’s Bright Sparks Science Club.
The program involves an annual family membership ($50-60) that gives members access to over 60 fun, interactive and educational events each year across all areas of science and technology. Events are held after-school, on weekends and during school holidays.
Combine a couple of teaspoons of baking soda into a cup and add food colouring until you’re happy with the colour.
Then add around a 1/4 of a cup of water and mix well.
Repeat this process until you have enough colours.
Use your baking soda paint to paint a picture.
Set up another pot of vinegar next to your painting and either use a paint brush or dropper to add vinegar to your picture and watch it magically bubble in front of your eyes.
MAKE SOME GOOP!
Home made goop is easy to make and messy fun! We love those two things. All you need to do put some cornflour into a bowl, add water until your goop is as goopy as you want it add some food colouring and away you go. Goopy fun for everyone!
MAKE YOUR OWN WHIRLWIND IN A BOTTLE
SAMMY CAN YOU BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE BELOW VIDEO HERE IN A FEW LINES
DIG FOR ICY TREASURES
One of our faves. Pop some “treasures” into a bowl, fill with water and freeze it over night. The next day have a great time digging and picking away at the ice to find your treasures. What happens when you add salt? What happens when you pour warm water?
MILK + FOOD COLOURING = SWIRLY WHIRLY RAINBOWS!
Pour some milk into a bowl or plate.
Place drops of different food colouring into the milk.
Now add a drop of dishwashing liquid to the mix and watch a magical rainbow appear before your eyes.
THE BOUNCY EGG!
Put an egg in half a cup of white vinegar and leave it there for 2 days. Watch how the egg changes over time.
After 2 days you’ll see the shell has disolved and your egg can bounce from a low height!
SHAVING CREAM RAIN CLOUDS!
Using an eyedropper or syringe, or a measuring spoon drop different colours of water onto the shaving cream cloud. The closer you squirt to the edges, the faster it will go through the shaving cream and come down as rain.