On June 18th, 2018

At-Home Summer Science Experiments

If your kids are feeling bored this summer, check out these awesome summer science activities for kids! These fun, interactive activities will fight off summer doldrums while keeping their minds engaged.

Make an Apple Erupt!

This cool apple volcano experiment is a great way for kids to learn about chemical reactions.

All you need is:

  • Cored apples
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar

Add a bit of baking soda to the hollow in the apple where the core was. Then pour in the vinegar and watch your volcano erupt! You can add food coloring to the vinegar or apple pie spice to the baking soda for an extra element of fun.

 

Put Those Seashells to Use

If you’re looking for summer science activities for the beach, look no further than this crystal seashell experiment. This hands-on experiment will teach your tykes about solutions, ratios, and crystals.

What you’ll need:

  • Borax Powder
  • Water
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Seashells
  • Glass container

First, you need to boil up some water, then add 3-4 tablespoons of Borax powder per cup of water. Place your seashells in a glass container, and pour the water on top. Watch as your seashells become covered in beautiful crystals!

 

Slimy, Sandy Fun!

Your kids are always bringing sand back from the beach in their shoes, so why not put it to good use with this cool sand slime, perfect for kids who love the ocean and great for learning about the different states of matter.

You’ll need:

  • Liquid starch
  • Clear PVA glue
  • Sand
  • Water
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Container

To get started with your slime, add ½ cup of PVA glue to a bowl. Add in ½ cup of water and mix it up really well. Add in several tablespoons of sand and stir some more. Finally, add ¼ cup of liquid starch and stir one more time. Now your kids are ready to play with this summertime take on a classic slime recipe!

 

Super Scrumptious Solar S’mores

Who doesn’t love summer science activities that you can eat? And a tasty treat is certainly great motivation to learn about solar power! So give these Solar S'mores a try!

All you’ll need is:

  • Tin foil
  • Graham crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate
  • Magnifying glass

Lay out the tin foil and fold it in half. Unfold it again, and on one half, set up your s’mores by layering a graham cracker, a bit of chocolate, and a marshmallow. Fold the other half of the foil so that the sunlight angles down onto the s’mores. If it doesn’t seems to be working, try using a magnifying glass to focus the sun onto the s’mores. Once they have reached their peak ooey gooey goodness, take a bite and savor that delicious science!

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