Science is a great way to get kids excited about learning. Science projects will allow kids to look at the world in a whole new way. The following five unique science projects will help get your kids thinking.
Put 4 raisins into an empty, plastic water bottle. Fill the bottle with carbonated water. Watch as the carbon dioxide makes the raisins “dance” up and down the bottle. The raisins will continue to move around until all of the carbonation is gone.
Place 1/2 of a cup of rubbing alcohol, 1/2 cup of a cup of water and 1 teaspoon of salt into a shallow container. Mix the ingredients together. Put a dollar bill into the mixture and let it get thoroughly saturated in it. Remove the dollar bill with metal tongs. While holding the dollar bill far away from the solution with the tongs, light the dollar bill on fire. The fire will change colors and eventually die out on its own. For the child’s safety, make sure that the adult is the one that sets the dollar bill on fire and that the child is several feet away from it.
Dip the tip of a toothpick into lemon juice. Use the toothpick to write a message on a black piece of paper. After the lemon juice is thoroughly dry, hold a flashlight 1-2 inches over the paper. Once the paper starts to warm up from the flashlight, the message will be able to be read.
Balloon Blow Up
Put 1/4 of a cup of warm water into a clean, empty soda bottle. Pour one yeast packet into the bottle and gently swirl it around until the yeast is dissolved. Pour one teaspoon of sugar into the bottle and swirl it around until it’s dissolved as well. Gently stretch out a balloon and place the neck of it over the top of the bottle. Within about 20 minutes the carbon dioxide that is in the bottle will cause the balloon to inflate.
Microscopic Mushroom Spores
Cut off the stem of a mushroom and place the cut-side face down on the student microscopes slide. Put a cup over it and let it sit overnight. Remove the stem the next morning so that the spores are left behind. Place the slide under the microscope to view the spores. Change the microscope’s settings to view the spore’s noticeable difference at both the low power and the high power.