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Egg Drop – Easy Kids Science Experiment

The egg drop experiment seeks to answer the question how can I keep an egg from breaking? This is an old experiment done by many kids over many years, and it never seems to lose its fun factor. As soon as they learned one of our Super Science Summer experiments was an egg drop, my kids grabbed the materials and went to town. It was the very first experiment of the whole summer and I have to admit, they didn’t do very well at it. I think the key to a good egg drop is understanding the concepts ahead of … Read more

What Makes Up Black Ink? – Paper Chromatography Experiment for Kids

When I was a science teacher, chromatography was one of my favorite activities. The kids would color on filter paper, dip it in water, and watch what happened. It never ceased to amaze them, no matter what age they were. We all learn in art class that green is made up of blue and yellow and that red is a primary color, made up only of red. We learn that all the colors mixed together make something between brown and black. But when you dissect marker colors, sometimes you find something very different. Paper Chromatography Materials   Coffee filters – The premium … Read more

How Can a Monster Look Bigger Than It Really Is? – Optical Illusion for Kids

Grace says this project is more art and less science, but there is good science behind it, and it is fun. So that’s that, and I included it. The idea is that you create a three-dimensional city on a flat piece of paper, and then you can place a cut out monster in your city in various places to see him appear to shrink and grow depending. My kids had fun with it. The biggest part of this project involves drawing your city scape. This has to be done precisely so that all the lines converge at the vanishing point, … Read more

What Shape is Strongest? – Kids Science Experiment

Sometimes, science experiments can look a whole lot like playing, and there is nothing at all wrong with that. This science experiment is exactly that, a lot of playing with a science explanation. There is quite a bit of prep work for this one, but it is easy, and you can get the kids involved. The question behind this experiment is which shape is the strongest? So kids can get really creative and arrange their shapes in any number of ways, and the goal is to support the heaviest possible object. Grace tried exactly one arrangement, and it supported a 2-pound … Read more

How Does Gravity Affect Seedlings? – An Easy Kids Science Experiment

Kids love easy science experiments that use seeds and plants. They love to watch things grow, and they love to experiment with the conditions needed to make the plants thrive. Early summer is the perfect time to start projects like this because the seedlings can be planted outside in the ground or in pots and (as long as you don’t have any deer – deer love bean sprouts!) hopefully, your kids will get some beans by the fall. Materials A clear glass jar – no lid necessary 2-3 paper towels Water A handful of bean seeds – we used bush … Read more

Instant Snow from Boiling Water – A Science Activity for a Cold, Cold Day

How to Make a Snow Cloud from Boiling Water

Much of America is experiencing a cold snap, the coldest weather in decades (according to the evening news). I personally don’t remember ever seeing sub-zero temperatures, so this is sort of a big deal. My children, who love to go outside every day – and especially go! play! in! the! snow! – are stuck inside, for skin will begin to freeze in minutes at these temperatures. Schools are all closed; art class is cancelled. Even Joe’s office is closed today, on account of the bitterly cold weather. Everyone is staying indoors and keeping warm. {Say a prayer for those people without reliable … Read more