This week is science week at school. I freakin’ LOVE Science week.
The only problem we always seem to have is not enough time. Fine, I admit I am a procrastinator through and through. I usually wait until the week before the due date on most projects, and really cram. Some of my best work comes from being this way and I work really well under pressure.
Today, we are gonna talk science, as in kids science projects! I have a quick question before I dive right in; are you a take charge mom or an observer and only help when asked mom? Personally, I try to be the latter, with everything. But I am a bit of a control freak, so sometimes I tend to try to take over. 😉
I love science with kids because watching the wonder they have is so fun. I remember when I was a kid, my dad helped me recreate a tongue to demonstrate the sections of taste buds, and to this day, I remember most of what we found. We also did the egg experiment where you put the egg in vinegar for a while and then it turns rubbery. That one was my favorite. What I am trying to say is kids remember things like this so have fun with it!
We did two experiments today, starting with my daughter’s project. For this one, we tried to create a lava lamp. Ready? Let’s get to it then.
Plastic Bottle Lava Lamp Science Experiment
Supplies you will need
1 clear soda bottle with cap
Oil (veggie or mineral works best)
Effervescent Tabs like Alka-seltzer
To start, make sure your soda bottle and lid are clean, then fill about 2/3 with oil. Top with water until there is about an inch of room at the top. Now just a few drops of color. Next is the glitter, and you should be as generous as mother Teresa with the glitter, always. Cap that sucker and bam! You are almost done now, and after you shake the crap out of your CAPPED bottle you need to break up your effervescent tabs into about 1/4 sized chunks. Add one tab and recap. Now watch the magic!!
In order to do a report, we crafted a backboard out of an old cereal box and wrapping paper.
(Hey, don’t judge, we are snowed in and that is what we have!) Then, I wrote down the prompts to get her to write. They were:
We had so much fun making this thing. I am quite sure there will be many more DIY Lava Lamps in my future!
Let’s move on to my son’s project.
He is in kindergarten, so I wanted it to be hands-on. I did not have him do a report as he only did this to participate with his sister. Are you ready for my suuuupperrrrr long list of things you will need? Yes? Sweet!
1 bar of soap
Ha, that is it my friends! This thing was so simple, I figured there was no way it would work. All you do is pop the bar of soap in the microwave and nuke it for one minute. Done! The result? Squishy fluffy light soap! It grows and fluffs up so beautifully and the bonus is that your kid gets to watch the whole transformation with his own eyes!! My son went from completely uninvolved to “WHOA MOM THAT WAS SO COOL!! LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DO IT AGAIN!” No kid, let’s not.
With the above, I do have one tip that might save your home from smelling like a teenage boy who does not use the recommended amount of axe body spray. My advice? Use unscented. We used the blue Irish springs and man! My house was pungent!
In my quest to find these I found so much more! I have put together a round up of all my families favorites and a few that just look awesome as hell.I give you the
Awesome List of Super Fun Science Experiments
Here, the kids (and maybe Mama) get to change the color of white flowers into something so much prettier. I remember doing this with carnations when I was young!
Over at Sheknows, you can learn how to make an erupting rainbow. Those two words used together are sure to equal a good time!
Or check out these others that look so fun!
I hope you enjoy getting your hands dirty and even more, I hope your kids enjoy fun styled science! What are you doing to participate in your school’s science week? do you have a tutorial that I should check out? Maybe we can get you featured right here on Her’s A Hot Mess!!
Until next time…