Science experiments and toys are a perfect thing to occupy your kids with any day of the week! Not only do they get to learn something, but they also have a blast creating something and watching it react…that is, if you choose the right experiment to do.
Finding the right experiment for your kid to try out can be a bit daunting—because of this, we’ve made a list of 4 science experiments you and your kids will love doing together!
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Chances are, you’ve seen chocolate melt before, but have you ever really taken a look into how long it took for it to melt? Have you noticed if different types of chocolate react in different ways?
This experiment is also very simple and does not take much time. In fact, the hardest part of it will surely be trying not to eat the delicious chocolate you’re melting!
To do this experiment, get yourself a variety of different types of chocolate and break small pieces off of each bar, two pieces per type of chocolate. Then, on a sunny day, place a piece of chocolate on a paper plate under a shady area and see how long it takes to melt, if at all. Then place the second piece on a different paper plate, leaving it in the sun and recording how long it takes to melt.
After you’ve collected your results, you can talk to your children about why each type of chocolate took a different time: what is each chocolate made of, and how does that affect the time it takes to melt?
Learning About Energy With Balls
A basic scientific concept, the transfer of energy and the different types of energy (kinetic and potential energy) may be a confusing concept for many kids to understand. To show them how these two types of energy differ with a visual example, find a large ball (i.e. a basketball or volleyball) and pair it with a small ball (i.e. a generic bouncy ball or a tennis ball).
Then, find a nice, open parking lot to bring the balls to and hold the small ball on top of the large one while holding both with your other hand. Let go of the balls and watch how they interact! If this experiment is done properly, the tennis ball should absorb the kinetic energy of the small ball, meaning that it will bounce much higher when it is struck by the heavier large ball!
Make A Human Bubble
What’s more fun than making a bubble the size of your child? This experiment is also easy to do—just get a small pool for your child to stand in, fill the pool about 2 inches high with bubble solution (or, if you prefer, you can fill it with soapy water) and put a hula hoop around the kid in the pool, then pull it upward to create a bubble around them!
This experiment will completely dazzle your kids, but it can also be a valuable teaching tool to show your children about the importance of sound—while they’re in the bubble, ask them to sing. You’ll quickly see how their singing will sound different because of the bubble and might even pop it!
This experiment is a true classic, being an example for many in elementary science classes and other courses. Now you can take the fun home for yourself by showing your kids how to make a tornado in a bottle!
It’s simple: get a water bottle, glitter, and dish soap. Take any labels off of the water bottle, then fill it up about three quarters of the way. Add four drops of dish washing liquid, then put in a pinch of glitter. After this, turn the bottle upside down, holding it from the bottom and rapidly spinning it. In no time you should see a tornado, which is the result of the liquid inside rapidly spinning due to centripetal force!