Getting your kids interested in science at a young age is an exceptional idea, even if they don’t end up chasing a career in science. Because science and physics exist in absolutely everything, teaching your little ones to love science means they will develop an intellectual and curious mind, increasing their chances of adopting a higher IQ. Your kids will be less likely to battle at school as along with love for sciences comes a passion for learning.
While ensuring your children partake in fun kitchen chores will keep them invested in the home, a love for science and learning is undeniably invaluable. You can consider purchasing a few at-home chemistry experiments, while tons of easy experiment ideas are also readily available online. To help you encourage such a priceless passion, we have listed a few simple yet fun experiments.
Making A Lava Lamp
To make a lava lamp at home, you will need a clean plastic bottle, food coloring, vegetable oil or baby oil, water, and fizzing tablets such as Alka Seltzer. First, you should add the water followed by the vegetable oil and a few drops of food coloring before dropping in half of a fizzing tablet. The fizzing tablet will activate the formula and create the action of a lava lamp. Because oil is dense, it will float above the water, while the action of the fizzing tablet will create the up and down motion of the lava lamp.
Making a volcano at home with your kids can be a ton of fun, although there is a lot more prep work involved as you will need to create the volcano structure from paper mache. Be sure to include a glass within the volcano center and paint it with your kids for extra measure. To recreate the overflow of the volcano, you will need dish soap, warm water, vinegar, baking soda, and food coloring for a lava effect. You should first add 100ml of warm water, about 10ml of dish soap, roughly 400ml of vinegar, and then add the food coloring. Because the baking soda will react with this mixture to cause the effect, you should add quite a bit of baking soda until the fizzing action begins.
Salt Crystal Creations
Salt crystals are fascinating to make, as you can watch them grow over a few days. The experiment requires a quarter cup of Epsom salts, a quarter cup of hot water, a cup, a string, and a toothpick or a stick. It would be best if you tied the string to the stick or toothpick in the middle, placing the stick across the top of the glass and allowing the string to reach almost to the bottom of the glass in the center. You should then add the water and Epsom salt mixture, and you can add some food coloring to create salt crystals of different colors. Leave it to stand for a few days and check each day as the crystals grow around the string.