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1. Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away!

Make it rain inside your house.

You’ll need:

  • A plate
  • A glass mason jar
  • Ice cubes (about one or two cups)
  • Very hot water

Place the hot water into the glass jar, about a third of the way up. Put the plate on top of the jar. Place all the ice cubes carefully on the plate. Watch the inside of the jar start to exhibit rain!

2. Make Your Own Jellyfish

This experiment is mostly for pleasure, but kids really do love the results.

You’ll only need a one- or two-liter clear bottle (cleaned), a clear plastic grocery bag, dyed water (blue is nice), scissors and a white string. First, fill the bottle halfway with the dyed water. Then, lay out your plastic grocery bag. Start cutting it into small strips (you may need to do some trial runs with this.) Tie the strips together to form a jellyfish-like shape.

Now, push the plastic “jellyfish” into the dyed water. Gently add more dyed water on top of it, leaving at least two or three inches of air at the top of the bottle. Tightly secure the top to the bottle, and then allow your children to play with the “jellyfish in a bottle”.

3. Magnetic Magic

Want to show a little one the power of magnets? Get an empty, clear two-liter soda bottle. Fill it with half-inch long pipe cleaner bits. (You can just cut them to this size.) There should be about 3-4 inches worth at the bottom of the soda bottle when you’re finished.

Now, let your child use a larger magnet to run along the side of the soda bottle. The metal-based pipe cleaners will be attracted to the magnets.

4. How Does an Elephant Brush His Teeth?

Have you ever wondered what elephant toothpaste might look like? Tell your kids that you’re going to make some together.

What you’ll need for this project:

  • A two-liter soda bottle, cleaned
  • Hydrogen peroxide solution (at least 6% or greater)
  • Dishwashing soap (liquid)
  • Warm water
  • One yeast packet
  • Food coloring
  • A cooking pan (such as for a roast)

Directions:

  1. Place the soda bottle upright in the middle of the cooking pan
  2. Fill the bottle with a half cup of hydrogen peroxide, a few drops of the food coloring, and a few drops of the dishwashing soap
  3. In another bowl, mix together two tablespoons of the warm water and the yeast, allowing the yeast to dissolve
  4. Allow your child to SLOWLY pour the yeast mixture into the soda bottle mixture and watch the elephant toothpaste come to life

 

 

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