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Explore science at home with these fun, simple experiments!

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LAVA LAMP

Introduction:

This Lava Lamp experiment is a perfect example of non-miscable liquids where the vegetable oil does not mix with the water. This is a fun, cool experiment with an amazing result to keep as a decoration (just add the mason jar top at the end)!

Materials:

  • Mason Jar

  • Vegetable Oil

  • Salt

  • Water

  • Food Coloring

Procedure:

  1. Fill jar halfway with water

  2. Add ¼-⅓ cup of vegetable oil

  3. Add a couple drops of food coloring

  4. Shake in salt about 10-20 seconds

 

LIQUID RAINBOW STRAW

Introduction:

Teach your kids about density with this colorful experiment! Due to the different densities of the the colored water (due to different amounts of sugar) when sucked into a straw, the colors will not mix creating a distinct rainbow.

Materials:

  • Straw

  • 6 glasses

  • Sugar

  • 6 food coloring colors

  • Spoon

Procedure:

  1. Fill the 6 glasses with water and color each one with a different food coloring

  2. The first glass will have no sugar.

  3. Add one spoonful of sugar to the second cup, 2 spoonfuls of sugar to the second cup and so on.

  4. Take the straw and place the end into the first cup. Once in the water place a finger over the top securely and pull the straw out.

  5. Then quickly put the straw into the next cup with your finger still over the top. Once in the water quickly remove and replace your finger over the opening. You should now see two distinct layers of colored water in the straw.

  6. Repeat step 5 for the next four cups.

 
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BAKING SODA VOLCANO

Introduction:

Create a volcano easily with this experiment using what you have around the kitchen.

Materials:

  • Tall glass

  • Vinegar

  • Baking Soda

  • Dish soap

  • Water

  • Paint (if desire to make eruption colored)

Procedure:

  1. Fill glass ⅔ full of water.

  2. Add 4-6Tbs of baking soda and 1 Tbs of dish soap

  3. Add 1oz of paint if desired

  4. Mix these ingredients all together

  5. Pour vinegar in until it starts to erupt!

 
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