Make Your Own Science Kit


Make your own science kit from everyday products to create the perfect science experiment kit for your kids. Once your science kit is complete, it is time to start experimenting! 
 

Science Supplies 

 

* Cotton Balls

* Assorted Food Coloring Dyes

* Alka Seltzer Tabs

* Salt

* Baking Soda

* Cornstarch

* Oil

* Vinegar

* Dish Soap

* Corn Syrup

* Eye Dropper

* Tweezers

* Funnel

* Magnifying Glass

* Plastic Ramekins

* Cookie Trays

* Dry Sponges, cut in different sizes

 

Oil and Water Experiment

For this experiment, you will need empty containers with lids, oil, water, food coloring, funnel, and containers to mix food coloring in.  Pour the oil into a container; feel free to use the funnel.  Have your child pick out a  food coloring dye and mix it in with water. Once complete, pour the water through the funnel into the container. Be sure to watch what happens next. The colored water will sink down to the bottom because water is heavier than oil. 

 

Oobleck

Gather together cornstarch, food coloring, mixing bowl, measuring cups and a cookie sheet.  Mix a cup of cornstarch with a half-cup of water. You may need to add in a little bit more water. Add in any color of food coloring. Pour the mixture out on to the cookie sheet and feel free to play with this messy, gooey mixture.

 

Frozen Color Mixing Experiment

You will need an ice cube tray, containers, food coloring, water and an eyedropper. Combine water with food coloring dyes in a few containers and pour into the ice cube tray so that you have more than one color for your ice cubes. Once the ice cubes are frozen, put different colored ice cubes on a plate or in a plastic container. Set out a container of warm water and use the eyedropper for putting warm water on the ice cubes. Take notice of what color the melting water is. If you melt more of one ice cube before the other, it will change the shade of the two colors being mixed.

 

Ocean Waves Bottle

For this experiment, you will need a Mason jar or water bottle with tight fitting lid, vegetable oil, water and blue food coloring. If you really want to get into the ocean theme, you can use seashells too. Fill the jar halfway with water. Add in the blue food coloring to make it as dark or as  light as you like.  Fill the rest of the jar up with oil. Add in seashells if desired and place the lid on tightly. Start tilting and gently shaking the jar and watch the tide and waves of the ocean that you just created.

 

Water Absorption Experiment

You will need 1 tablespoon of water, a small jar with a lid and two small sponges. Put the water into the jar and add the sponges into the jar. Seal the lid and shake everything up. Watch as the water disappears and watch what happens to the sponges. 

 

Foaming Fizzy Dough Experiment

You will need 1 cup baking soda, about 4 tablespoons of water, vinegar, bowls, eyedropper and one cup of warm water with dish detergent that has been gently stirred to avoid suds.  Add 1 cup of baking soda into a bowl.  Add the 4 tablespoons of water to the bowl and mix. Form into a ball; you may need to add more water to get the right consistency. You can freeze the dough or use as is. Next, pour vinegar into a bowl. You will use this with an eyedropper to add into vinegar to the dough ball. Put the dough ball into another bowl, then add the water and soap mixture to it. Add different amounts of vinegar with the eyedropper to see what happens. 



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13 Feb 2015


By Boston Parents Paper
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