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Fun with science

Sometimes, it’s hard for kids to understand science if they’re only learning from books, when in fact science is actually cool because it describes about what’s happening all around us and it drives us to want to discover and try new things.

Next time your curious little ones are running around the house looking restless, or perhaps they’re glued to their iPads, why not lure them away from those devices with some fun and easy science projects that’ll have them enjoying hours of scientific fun!

Slime

Slime isn’t just fascinating for kids, but also adults of all ages. What makes slime so interesting is that it is neither liquid nor a solid object. In fact, it falls under the non-newtonian fluid category. You can bounce it like a ball, you can stretch it, and tangle it as far as it can hold.

It’s rather easy to make your own slime. All you need are non-toxic glue (the kind kids use for their school projects), baking soda, saline solution and food colouring. You can even add some glitters for fun! Super basic and super fun science right there.

Before you start making your own slime, be sure to tie up your hair into a ponytail if you have long hair because you do not want the slime to get stuck in it!

Volcano

We’ve all seen it in the movies, or at our school science fairs. Making a mini version of a volcano is a great way to learn about this amazing geological wonder. Did you know that the word volcano was derived from the word ‘Vulcan’, which means God of Fire in the Roman language?

That said, here’s how you can make your own erupting volcano:

Exploring colours 

Kids love colours, especially when they sizzle. With this activity, kids don’t only get to differentiate colours, but they also get to create new ones. All you need are some baking soda, vinegar, food colouring, tray and droppers. 

And get this; this fun science experiment is also an art project. We guarantee your kids stay immersed in this activity for an hour at the most.

Make it rain

Ever wondered how rain formed? Be a meteorologist and make your own rain by filling a glass jar with hot water and covering the top of the jar with a ceramic plate filled with 4 to 6 ice cubes.

How this works is that the cold plate creates moisture in the warm air inside the jar and will condense to form water droplets. To put it in perspective, warm, moist air rises to meet the colder air high in the atmosphere, and forms precipitation that falls as raindrops! There you have it, your homemade water rain!

Invisible ink

The usage of invisible ink dates back way back to the times of war. It wasd used as a way to discreetly send messages in the military and between spies. 

Now, you can let your kids send secret messages with ingredients sourced from your home such as lemon juice, milk and cotton swab. Begin with dipping the swab in the lemon juice, start writing your message on a piece of paper, then let it dry completely. 

To decipher the message, simply hold the paper up to a hot lamp or press it with a hot iron. By heating up the paper, it goes through an oxidation process, resulting in the paper turning to a darker colour.

So are you excited to try any one of these cool experiments?


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