Science is an extraordinary subject to learn as a kid. Both in school and out of school, you can learn about the physics, biology and chemistry of the universe, and to some, it becomes widely interesting to the point they make careers out of it! Due to their overfilling amounts of energy and curiosity, children are practically born scientists – always experimenting in things they can’t touch, can throw and make noise etc.
Here at Benchmark Services, we also love science! We specialise in scientific laboratory relocation and are completely satisfied by the science world, and we want you to be too! If your kids love science, there are ways you can give them your own little DIY science lesson, and that is with these ten awesome science experiments you can create using just household items!
1. Protect the egg
One of the most popular experiments used in Primary schools, the ‘Protect the egg’ experiment consists of building some sort of protection that will essentially stop the egg from cracking once dropped from a large height. The container can be made out of literally anything, just give the kids a time limit and then see who wins by dropping it from a high place such as a second-story window. If the egg cracks, you’ve lost!
2. Create slime
There are many cool and easy ways you can produce slime all in your kitchen! It’s very easy, however, this experiment requires you getting your hands on some Borax (Sodium Tetraborate) which you can purchase online! Here is our favourite recipe that you can try with the kids:
- Find yourself a beaker, jar or bowl and half-fill it up with PVA glue.
- If you want coloured slime, now is the time to stir in some food colouring with the colour of your choice!
- Add two teaspoons of Borax into the PVA solution and stir slowly.
- After approximately thirty seconds to a minute, lift the solution with some sort of stir stick and see what happens – you can tell once the slime has formed because of its structure.
- Once ready, you can take it out of the beaker, jar or bowl and play with it!
- Remember: do NOT eat it and seal it in a plastic bag or keep it in a fridge after use to prevent it from drying out or going mouldy.
3. Sink the egg
Another egg experiment! Simply wow your kids with this cool magic trick – place an egg in a glass bowl of water (have it glass so they can see), it should sink straight to the bottom! Afterwards, begin adding salt to the water which will cause the egg to rise and float. When enough salt is added, the solution’s density becomes higher than the egg’s, causing it to float. This quick and easy experiment can be a great lesson on density for your kids.
4. The mould experiment
Whether you use milk, bread or even another egg, you can give your kids a gross lesson about mould with this cool experiment. All you need to do is place the product of your choice in four separate sealable bags and place them in different types of environments. For instance, you can place one outside, one in a dark cupboard, one in a fridge and one inside exposed to sunlight etc. After a few days, you should see some dramatic changes in the bread’s condition; which is obviously gross, however, it’s awesome for your kids!
As we specialise in scientific laboratory relocation, we want you to be aware of the safety considerations when developing mould. Furthermore, all mouldy items should be disposed of properly and we wouldn’t recommend allowing your kids to open the bag and touch it!
5. The taste test
With only tasty foods required, this experiment is very easy and very funny! All you need to do have your children hold their noses, close their eyes and try and identify different foods using their tasting sense. The person that guesses the most correctly wins!
6. The ultimate volcano making!
Another popular school experiment is the volcano production. Regardless if you go simple and demonstrate a small explosion or if you go all out and create a huge, painted structure using paper mache, you and your kids can have great fun causing the ultimate, homemade volcano explosion! All you need to do is mix baking soda, red food colouring and vinegar for it to react, causing it the volcano structure to froth and smell.
7. Make a rainbow
Rainbows are truly fascinating to some kids, so what if we told you can make one just using a glass of water, some sunlight and a piece of paper? Simply hold a glass of water up to the sunlight with a sheet of paper behind it, and all of the colours should magically appear on the paper!
8. Instantly freezing water
Become the ice king or queen with this cool experiment. When purified water is cooled to just below freezing point, a quick and cold nudge should cause the water to instantly freeze and create the ultimate slushy! All you need to do is place a bottle of pure water in the freezer for 2 hours and 45 minutes, and then give it a slight jolt to the bottle, and the water will flash into ice in the most satisfying manner.
After that, by pouring it directly onto a bowl of ice cubes, you can create your very own crystallised ice sculpture, how fun!
9. Make liquid art
Another satisfying experiment is as simple as mixing washing-up liquid and milk together in the bowl. This causes the surface tension of the milk to break down and form a weird chemical reaction. In order to see it (and make it pretty) and some different food colourings in to make the coolest moving art.
10. The crystallisation experiment
Teach your kids the crystallisation process with this cool science experiment at home! Here is all you need to do:
- Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan.
- Once at boiling point, stir in 4 cups of sugar individually, using a spoon until it is fully dissolved. This should take about ten minutes.
- Remove the solution from the heat and allow to cool for approximately 20 minutes.
- (Optional) Add food colouring.
- Pour it into a large glass or jar (where you plan to grow the crystals) and cover the lid with paper to prevent dust from settling the top of the solution.
- Leave it to grow!
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