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Science is a subject that promotes inquiry, discovery, and exploration. Science, however, it not just limited to the classroom. Encourage kids to try out some science experiments for fun and to give you a bit of a head start, we’ve come up with a few easy science experiments to try on your own!
Ooey, gooey oobleck is a great go-to science experiment. With its mystifying properties and its unwillingness to be called strictly a liquid or a solid, oobleck is a fascinating phenomena. To make oobleck, combine two parts cornstarch to one part water in a bowl. Add a little food coloring to make it colorful. Then, try and pick up your oobleck and form it into a ball. Be sure to watch closely to see what happens and try and figure out whether oobleck can be called a liquid or a solid. But be warned, oobleck can get a little messy!
Create a literal fountain of soda with this classic science experiment. Take a trip to the grocery store and purchase one, or many, 1 liter bottles of Coke and a roll of normal Mentos candy. Carefully open your bottle of soda, and drop two Mentos candies into the bottle and watch what happens! Try and deduce what causes the reaction, and see if the number of candies added to the soda affects the height of the fountain.
Bubble snakes are a cool way to create enormous chains of colorful bubbles. Take an empty plastic water bottle and carefully cut the very bottom off. Cover this opening with a sock you don’t mind sacrificing in the name of science. Secure the sock with duct tape or rubber bands. Then, put some dish soap in a small container with warm water and mix. Dip the sock-covered end of the bottle into the soap, and then blow into the bottle through the opening at the top. To make your bubble snakes a little more colorful, drop some food coloring onto the sock-covered end. See how many different colors you can make your bubbles, and have a competition to see who can make the longest bubble snake!
Homemade Ice Cream
You can never go wrong with this fun science experiment. Make plastic-baggie ice cream with just a few simple steps. Combine milk, sugar, and vanilla in a small sandwich bag. Add some chocolate syrup if you’re a chocolate ice cream fan. Then, place ice and rock salt in a large gallon-sized plastic bag. Put the smaller bag into the larger bag and make sure both bags are sealed tightly. And here comes the fun part: shake the bag for 10-15 minutes until the ingredients solidify into a familiar cold treat! Toss the bag around, shake it to the beat of some music, or see who can shake their bag the most to create their ice cream the fastest. Not only is this a cool experiment to see how reactions work, but there is a bowl of ice cream awaiting the completion of your scientific endeavor!
Science is an amazing subject area and experiments often produce fun and interesting results. Try out some of these great experiments for kids and see which is their favorite!