Everything happening around you has a scientific explanation behind it. For example, the law of gravity dictates that everything that goes up will eventually come down. That means your kid will have to relate almost everything with science which might be pretty hectic. So, whether your child’s teacher has assigned a science task for the holidays or you want to increase your child’s knowledge and creativity on a scientific scope, try out the following science projects.
Liquid water turns into ice when exposed to freezing temperatures. Since normal water is full of impurities useful for the formation of ice, which purified water does not have. This makes purified water freeze faster than ordinary water.
For your child’s instant ice project, you will need to put sealed purified water into the freezer for at least three hours, but ensure it does not turn into ice. Put an ice cube in a cup, then pour the frozen water on top of it. You will notice the ice cube rising steadily.
A volcanic eruption using baking soda
If you have watched a volcanic eruption happen in a mountain, you will see that lava flows out. For this project, you will need baking soda, a plastic bottle and vinegar. Pour the vinegar into the bottle. Slowly pour small amounts of baking soda and watch artificial lava flow out of the bottle, creating a fizzing sound.
Pepper and soap experiment
You will need a shallow dish or bowl, water, kitchen black pepper and liquid dishwashing soap for this experiment. Start by pouring water into the shallow dish. Next, sprinkle the black pepper evenly on the surface of the water. You will notice that pepper floats on the surface of the water. Now immerse your index finger in the liquid dishwashing soap, then transfer it to the center of the dish. Note the pepper flakes leaving your fingers and settling on the edges of the plate. Here, the dishwashing liquid is formulated to break the bonds off the water. This illustrates how the soap eliminates germs from food particles. Water speeds up the process.
The solar system
Since the solar system consists of the sun, planets, and orbit, you will need a yellow ball to represent the sun. For the planets, you can get more petite balls in different colors. Ensure the balls are in various sizes. For example, Jupiter and Saturn should be the most oversized balls after the sun. Using a poster board, cut four rings.
Ensure the rings are sizable enough to accommodate the space between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Next, apply glue on the planetary rings according to the order of the planets. You can draw asteroids on the belt with a felt pen or a marker. Finally, place the sun (most giant ball) at the center and tie the ends of the finishing line through the asteroid’s belt.
A walking rainbow
The appearance of the rainbow in the sky signifies the end of the rain. Since it involves multiple colors, it would be best to add a little bit of fun and glam into your house by creating a walking rainbow. For this experiment, you will need seven jars, food coloring, water, a pair of scissors, and paper towels.
Start by arranging the jars in order of the colors and fill them up with ¾ of water. Add food coloring to the pots and fold the paper towels in half. Dip one end of the folded paper towels into the jars mixed with food coloring and water. Repeat this for every paper towel. Note the paper towels sip the mixture in a process called capillary action.
Science projects done at home can increase your child’s knowledge of their surroundings. It does not have to be tedious or expensive. The next time your child comes home with a science project, try out these five ideas and watch them grow into productive scientists whose contributions will impact the future.