5 Fun Science Experiments for Kids

With summer break right around the corner, it’s time for parents to gear up in order to make sure that the time kids spend at home is spent productively or that they are engaged, otherwise we all know what chaos these kids can cause at home when they are bored. And a bored child, can bring a lot of trouble, so in order to avoid all of that, it is best that you as a parent are one step ahead of your child.

So how can one spend a great summer with their kids? The answer is easy; introduce them to the wonderful world of Science. Not only will it be a fun, learning experience for the kid, but it will also be a great time for you to bond with your kid and pick up a thing or two along the way as well.

Here are some fun simple science experiments that you and your kids can enjoy:

1. Shadow, Shadow

Kids learn about light in various ways through out their childhood. And with light they learn about shadows. This is a great fun activity to make them fully learn about shadows and how they change through out the day. All you have to do is that you take your child outside, on a bright sunny day with some chalk/marker. On a paved area, make them stand in the sunlight at various times through out the day. Each time they stand, trace their shadow on the floor and write the time in the shadow. Every time, let your child stand and observe their shadow. As the day proceeds, the shadow will get bigger and bigger. Let these shadows amaze your child.

2. Snow day

Most children love snow and the way it feels and look. Here is a simple science trick to make snow in your very own home. Just add some absorbent in a glass and then pour some water in the glass. Sit back and see snow flakes appear in front of your eyes.

3. Caution, Volcano Eruption

This simple Science experiment will help your kids understand what volcanic eruptions look like. All you have to do is take some baking soda and food/colour dye, mix them in a glass and watch the volcano explode. If you want to make it more realistic, you can even make a volcano from clay, making sure you leave an open space in the middle at the top, where you will add this mixture and then make the volcano really explode.

4. Lava

Lava lamps are a cool way to add some flavour to any room. Though it is bit difficult to make the actual lamp, with your kids you can make the next best thing. All you have to do is take a tall glass, add some oil and water into it (as they are immiscible). After that you add any colour dye. In the end, add some effervescent tablets, these will cause coloured bubbles to go up and down in the glass, which will give the same effect as a lava lamp.

5. Rock, paper, scissor

Making rock candy at home is easy peasy and it is a fun way for you to help your kids understand the process of crystallization. Firstly, boil two cups of water and then gradually add ½ cup of sugar in it till you have added a total of 4 cups of sugar into the water. Make sure you keep on stirring so that the sugar dissolves completely. At times you might need to turn up the heat in order to allow the sugar to completely dissolve.

Once all the sugar has been dissolved, let it cool for around 20 minutes, after which you can add food dye or any flavour. You can even use the powder of powdered drinks like Tang or cool aid, which will give you both a colour and a flavour. Stir it in completely. Now transfer this mixture to a tall glass container.

Now in order for the crystallization to take place. Take a skewer, wet it, roll it into sugar, and then let it completely dry. Once dry, with the help of a clothes pin, place the skewer in the middle of the glass container and set the container aside in a cool dark, non-noisy place. Now wait for the magic to happen.

In a week or two, when you take out the skewer, you will see rock candy in the form of crystals on the skewer. Now that’s a treat that surely your kid will enjoy after a week’s wait.

So what are you waiting for? Keep the resources ready, as your kid will be home for their summer break in no time and you should be prepared for it. But most importantly remember to have fun.

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