Science Activities to Keep Young Minds Sharp

Are your kids learning from home because of social distancing requirements? We imagine it might be tough to keep them focused on school books right now! Here are some science-based activities you can do with your kids to keep them learning, AND having fun! 

Lemon Volcanoes

Area of Focus: Chemistry

Supplies: Lemon, Lemon Juice, Baking Soda, Popsicle Stick

How To: 

  • Have an adult cut off the ends of the lemon so it can stand up on a flat end, then cut a hole in the top.
  • Use the popsicle stick to squish the pulp inside the lemon to release the juice
  • For some extra fun, put food coloring into your lemon before the next step
  • Add a teaspoon of baking soda into the lemon and see how it reacts! You can also try adding dish soap to make your lemon volcano bubbly!

We’ve all seen traditional volcano experiments using vinegar and baking soda, but lemon volcanoes are a fun new twist (with much less mess!). This teaches your kids about chemical reactions in a safe way!

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Use Water to Flip Images

Area of Focus: Physics

Supplies: Whiteboard (or paper), markers, clear glass of water

How-To: 

  • Fill a clear glass with water. 
  • Draw on a whiteboard or piece of paper
  • Pass the drawing behind the glass – it reverses!

This activity shows the light-bending qualities of water, which kids are fascinated by! See how many things you can change with the water! You can write backward and check if you can read it or draw someone running, so they run the other way when it passes behind the cup, or see how it warps a pattern you’ve drawn.

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Build a Robot Hand! 

Areas of Focus: Robotics, Engineering, Biology

Supplies: Paper, Scissors, Straws, Tape and String

How-To:

  • Have your kid trace their hand on a sturdy piece of paper, then cut it out. 
  • Cut the straws into 2-3inch sections. 
  • Tape the straw segments in lines from the tip of each finger to the wrist. 
  • Cut string into 5 10 inch sections. 
  • Tape one end of each piece of string to the end of each finger, then feed the string through each line of the straw segments to reach the wrist. 

Once each string is pulled through the line of straw segments, you can pull on the string from the “wrist” to control the fingertips! Congratulations, you’ve just built your first robot hand!

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