Remember those long, boring days of summer as vacation drew to an end? These cool activities are sure to help you and your kids keep your sanity AND get them ready for school! As adults, it’s easy to complain about the more difficult concepts of science (junior year O-Chem, anyone?) However, we should all take a moment to reflect on the fact that when you’re a kid, learning about science is actually pretty epic.
That’s because basic science concepts are best explained through experimentation – and what little scientist doesn’t like to get his or her hands dirty? These DIY experiments extend well beyond the baking soda and vinegar volcanoes of the world. They are fun to do, easy to follow, and totally educational. In fact, you might even have more fun doing them than your child.
Make raisins “dance” in a glass by adding carbonated water or clear soda in a glass.
Teach a lesson on density by using corn syrup, food coloring, and vegetable oil to create a liquid rainbow in a jar.
Follow this tutorial on how to make “fireworks” in a jar..
Turn old apples, baking soda, and vinegar into little volcanos with this DIY science project.
This glow in the dark egg is so easy to do! Simply soak an egg in vitamin-infused water, then watch it glow under a black light.
Roll up some homemade bouncy balls using Borax, glue, food coloring, and cornstarch.
Inflate balloons in the coolest way possible with this awesome experiment.
Turn cooked spaghetti into colorful slime spaghetti with food coloring or Kool-Aid.
Conjure up some rain clouds in a jar with shaving cream and food coloring.
Turn an old plastic bottle, cooking oil, food coloring, and Alka-Seltzer into a lava lamp.
Get your child on the lunar level by making “moon rocks” made of baking soda, glitter, and watercolor paints.