Frozen Rock

Frozen Rock

Jan 21, 2014 | No Comments

Tweet Do this experiment to see what kinds of rocks break down the most when frozen, thawed and frozen again. You will need: Several different kinds of rocks, such as granite, sandstone, or limestone Plastic bottle or container Water Freezer …and several hours – this is a long format experiment.   Instructions Look at each [...]

Mutant Marshmallows

Mutant Marshmallows

Dec 17, 2013 | No Comments

Tweet In the microwave, an ordinary marshmallow will puff up until it’s enormous! You Will Need: marshmallows paper plates or paper towels microwave oven toothpicks (if you want) food colouring (if you want)…and adult supervision. Instructions Put two marshmallows on a paper plate or paper towel. Put the plate in the microwave. Set the timer [...]

Leafy Chocolate

Leafy Chocolate

Jun 4, 2013 | No Comments

Tweet A fun way to investigate how temperature can affect solids, with a bonus: you can eat the results – yum! A particularly good one for younger children who are beginning to find out about materials and changes of state. You will need: Kettle or hob Bowl Oven glove or pot holder Saucepan Chocolate Rose [...]

How to make Elephant Toothpaste!

How to make Elephant Toothpaste!

Dec 28, 2012 | No Comments

Tweet This exciting science experiment works great in a discussion on reactions, as a demonstration, or as an actual experiment. Please note that despite the title  elephants should not actually use the following as toothpaste! You Will Need 2 tablespoons warm water 1 teaspoon yeast 125 ml  6% hydrogen peroxide.  It is important to use at least [...]

Excellent Ice Candles

Excellent Ice Candles

Dec 25, 2012 | No Comments

Tweet Ice candles are easy to make and, best of all, cost next to nothing. You could make some at school and the children can take the idea home and make some more with their families for outside their own house.   You Will Need Small plastic tub or bucket (a summer beach pail is [...]

Super Scented Science!

Super Scented Science!

Dec 20, 2012 | No Comments

Tweet Perfume is even better if it’s a scent that you created yourself, packaged in a beautiful bottle, and free from synthetic chemicals. Whether for yourself or intended as a gift, the following can be fully customized to your personal taste. Perfume consists of a mixture of essential oils in a base oil, together with [...]

Real Snow Avalanche

Real Snow Avalanche

Dec 18, 2012 | No Comments

Tweet Here’s a simple, hands-on experiment for a freezing day when it’s actually snowing, that demonstrates the forces involved in an avalanche and how those forces work. You Will Need a cardboard box cut in half corner to corner water snow mittens Instructions On a cold day place your cardboard ‘mountain peak’ flat on the [...]

Frosty The (Indoor) Snowman

Frosty The (Indoor) Snowman

Dec 13, 2012 | No Comments

Tweet The following version of this activity was devised for pre-school children in Florida where the kids are likely never to have seen a real snowman!  However it will be just as much fun for children of all ages, wherever you live! You will need 3 large balloons 1 large bowl 1 medium bowl 1 [...]

Make a ‘Nearly Neon’ Sign

Make a ‘Nearly Neon’ Sign

Nov 22, 2012 | No Comments

Tweet Do you love the look of neon signs? How would you like an inexpensive alternative that can be customized to say whatever you want? You can make a fake neon sign using fluorescence to make inexpensive common materials glow.   You will need Flexible plastic tubing (usually sold as aquarium tubing) Glue gun Cardboard [...]

Brrrrr….Frozen Bubbles

Brrrrr….Frozen Bubbles

Nov 9, 2012 | No Comments

Tweet Try this winter experiment for soapy fun. Using soap bubbles, you’ll turn them into frozen bubbles. How to Make Frozen Bubbles You will need Soap powder Sugar Hot water Bowl Spoon or whisk Bubble wand This is an activity for a cold, cold (below freezing) day when there is no wind in the air. [...]