For The Love Off Science: 6 Projects To Show Of Your Knowledge
It isn’t just high technology that relies on science. Just about everything has some science that explains how it works. Providing kids with fun experiments will give them an appreciation of the principles behind even everyday events and make the world an easier place to understand.
To get an idea of how ubiquitous bacteria are, prepare some plain gelatin. When it’s ready, have someone wash their hands thoroughly and press them against it. Right after wards, wrap it in a clear plastic bag and set it aside for several days. You’ll notice bacteria growing in the form of hand prints.
Bones require collagen for strength through flexibility. To see collagen at work, place some chicken bones in a glass of vinegar for several days. The vinegar will destroy the bone’s calcium, leaving only collagen. The bones will become elastic.
Here’s a simple way to determine lung capacity. Fill a bucket with water and place a one-gallon narrow-neck bottle, also filled with water, upside-down inside it. Insert the end of some plastic tubing in the bottle and blow into it. The air will force out the water, revealing how much air you had in your lungs.
Blow up a toy balloon and rub on your clothes to give it a static charge. Hold the balloon very close to an empty metal can lying on the floor on its side. The can will roll towards the balloon because the negative charge attracts the relatively positive charge of the can.
Rust occurs when oxygen combines with iron atoms in steel. This can happen to other metals, too. Place some pennies or Mid-State bolt and screws in a dish of vinegar mixed with salt for a few minutes. Then take them out and let them air-dry. The copper will oxidize and turn a greenish-blue color.
An easy bit of chemistry can be demonstrated by filling an empty soft drink bottle with vinegar. Take a toy balloon and fill it with baking soda. Take the balloon and carefully pull its stem over the neck of the bottle and lift the balloon up. The baking soda will fall into the vinegar, generating carbon dioxide that inflates the balloon.
These simple experiments are actually not that different from those early scientists performed to learn about the nature of things. They might spark a sense of curiosity in children that will stay with them all their lives.
So with summer fast approaching, these are some great ideas to keep your child continually learning and exploring as well as give you all some fun activities to experience together. And if you breeze through these in no time, just look online. There are thousands of ideas to keep your young ones occupied.
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