To help beat the heat of the summer and keep you and the kids occupied in the air conditioning, here is a collection of fun and exciting science experiments! [Original Source: The Importance of Being Reese]
These are the two we are most excited to try!
For this first experiment, you will need….. wait for it… A coconut! Also, find a baking tray or something similar so your lava doesn’t make a mess everywhere. Cut the coconut in half, and pierce the top half with a few holes (three should do it). Put some baking soda inside a small container, like an empty yogurt or apple sauce cup, and put the container underneath the coconut.
To make your “lava”…. Mix together some vinegar, red food coloring, and a squirt of dish soap. To activate the volcano, let the kids use an aspirator to suck up the “lava” and squirt it inside one of the holes on the coconut.
Voila! An active volcano!!
[Source: Parent Teach Play]
Melting Ice Experiment
This next experiment will help keep everyone cool!
The night before you do this experiment, fill a couple of bowls with ice and freeze them. This way, the next day you’ll be all ready to go! Take the block of ice out of the bowls and set them inside a large tray. ***Note – This experiment creates a MESS! So set up somewhere the water and dye will not ruin anything. Have the kids sprinkle coarse salt over the top of the ice block. Explain to them the salt will create crevices and ravines in the salt. Mix food coloring and waters to create different colors that the kids can drip over the ice blocks. (You can use a turkey baster to suck up the excess water.)
The finished product is gorgeous!
So, what do you think? Will you give any of these a try this weekend?
Let us know how it goes!