My ten-year-old gets bored instantaneously. This made me look for new activities to keep her occupied. While I was surfing the net on the same, I came across some exciting ideas. They are the simple science experiments that I conducted at home. These experiments fascinated my daughter while she also learned about many new things.
This is a must-try for all you parents out there to use your child’s time constructively. This will also help to get kids rid of smartphones.
Magnetic Cereal, Is It?
Procedure: Take a transparent container with a lid. Fill two third of it with clean water. Take any cereal that has iron content in it. Let the cereal soak in the water for a few hours. Now take a magnet and move it on the outer surface of the container.
Result: Tiny iron particles will move along with the magnet after some time.
Bleaching Colored Water
Procedure: Take two looks through glassed filled with clean water. Add a few drops of food color to one glass and bleach to another. Allow the color and bleach to mix well in their respective glasses. Start adding the bleach to the colored water.
Result: The colored water turns colorless again due to bleaching effect.
Let’s Bring in Rain
Procedure: Fill half of a glass jar with hot water. Cover the jar with a plate. Place ice cubes on the plate.
Result: You can observe the inside of the glass jar exhibiting rainfall.
Procedure: Fill a plastic cup with clean water. Take substances like sugar, salt, sawdust, sand, oil, etc. in separate containers. Add one of those substances and stir until it dissolves. If not, you can fill the cup with fresh water and a new substance.
Result: You will learn the dissolvability of various substances.
Coins Change Color
Procedure: Place a paper towel in a bowl. Pour white vinegar till saturation on the towel. Place a few copper pennies. Observe these pennies over a few hours or days.
Result: The pennies will turn to green color due to the reaction between copper and vinegar.
Procedure: Take a black construction paper. Apply sunscreen on half of its surface. Place it in the sun for a few hours.
Result: You can observe how the parts of the paper that did not have sunscreen fade away.
Flowers Drink Water
Procedure: Take a white rose with a long stem. Fill a plastic glass with water and a few drops of food colors. Place the rose in the glass.
Result: After a few hours the white rose would have changed its color. This is because the stem absorbs water and supplies it to the petals.
Procedure: Place a glass vase on a pan. Add about two spoons of baking soda, 6-7 drops of food color and one spoon of blue/red glitter. Now start pouring vinegar into the vase.
Result: You can observe an explosion coming up with the glitter particles.
Tornado from the Bottle
Procedure: Fill a transparent bottle with clean water. Empty the water into a container without shaking the bottle. Note down the time required for the same. Now fill the bottle with water again. Twirl the bottle while you try to empty the water. Note down the time required for this as well.
Result: There is a significant difference in the time noted down. The latter will be lesser than the former.
Egg in the Bottle
Procedure: Boil an egg and peel the shell. Pin a small candle to its pole. Now light the candle. Face the flame towards the opening of a transparent water bottle. Carefully push the egg into the bottle.
Result: You can see the complete egg within the bottle in no time.
Make a Sundial
Procedure: Take a play dough ball and stick a medium length stick to it. Draw the markings of a clock on a wooden board. Place the play dough in the center of the board. Take this set up and put it in a sunny area.
Result: You will observe the shadow of the stick predicting approximate hour of the day. This can also be done in your backyard.
It’s Slime Time
Procedure: Take a bowl of water and add borax into it. Stir well till it dissolves completely. Add your desired quantity of white glue into another bowl. Add borax solution and knead the mixture well. You will need to add the borax solution many times to get the right slime consistency.
Result: Over a period of kneading your slime will be ready to play.
When Egg Floats
Procedure: Take a glass of water and put an egg into it. You will see the egg sink in the water. Now add about six tablespoons of salt to half a cup of water and dissolve well. Place the egg in the salt solution.
Result: The egg will float instead of sinking. This is because salt water is denser than the normal water.
A Spaghetti Dance
Procedure: Fill a tall plastic glass with clean water. Dissolve two spoons of baking soda in it. Break spaghetti into 6-8 pieces; these pieces should be 1-2” each. Add them into the glass. After they sink, add some vinegar to it.
Result: The spaghetti starts moving about due to chemical reaction. Add more vinegar when the action slows down.
Colorful Lava Lamps
Procedure: Fill a transparent glass about 3/4th full of water. Add 5-6 drops of food coloring. Now pour vegetable oil till the glass is full. Add pinches of salt after it settles on water.
Result: You can observe blobs of lava moving in the glass.
Fireworks on Milk
Procedure: Take a thin layer of milk in a casserole. Add 5-6 drops of glitter and some pinches of glitter. Take a toothpick and touch it on a detergent. Prick the surface of milk with the toothpick.
Result: Due to a disturbance in surface tension you will see the scattering of color and glitter similar to fireworks in the sky.
Pop Rocks and Balloons
Procedure: Fill a balloon with one full pack of pop rocks candy using a funnel. Open the bottle of soda and fix the balloon on the top. Shake it enough for pop rocks to fall into the bottle.
Result: You will observe the balloon inflating slowly due to the production of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is the resultant of the reaction between soda and pop rocks.
Procedure: Take a marshmallow and roll it on corn starch to avoid stickiness. Put it in a glass of clean water. Now take another marshmallow and knead it into a small ball. Put this one into the same glass of water.
Result: The former marshmallow will be floating in the water. If the latter has sunk, then you have increased its density to be greater than that of water. If it is still floating, you can knead another marshmallow and try with it.
Procedure: Take two tall plastic cups. Fill one with regular water and another one with carbonated water. Add few raisins into both of them.
Result: The raisins in the carbonated water will move up and down as if they are swimming. The raisins in regular water will settle down. Leave the raisins in regular water as it is over night. Note the change you observe!
Repeller or Absorber
Procedure: Take a bowl of water and a few drops of food color into it. Place various items like aluminum foil, cotton balls, butter paper, zip lock bag, sponge, etc. on a table. Take the colored water in an eyedropper. Start adding a few drops of water on each of the substance placed on the table.
Result: A few of these substances will absorb the water drops making them hydrophilic. The remaining will let the water drops remain as it is on their surface making them hydrophobic.
Procedure: Arrange a few small pots or containers like old paint tins. Fill them with fine soil from the backyard. You can put different types of seeds in each of the containers. You can use organic manure like fruits and vegetable peels to get rid of pests.
Result: This is a guide to creating an organic garden. It will help your child to understand the importance of plants.
Hope these experiments will bring in a lot of fun and knowledge to your kid’s life!