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Science with Water: Three Home Experiments to Try

Oct 3, 2014 12:00 AM

Meteorologists are predicting an early winter this year, which means we can say goodbye to nice temperatures any day now. As the temperatures drop, try some of these fun experiments with your children by using water. Not only will these experiments pique curiosity and passion about science, it will also teach children how matter changes when exposed to different temperatures.

You can start with simple projects that help your kids understand weather and the atmosphere in which we live. Check out some of the coolest ideas we’ve found so far!

Homemade Barometer

Check out this simple, yet fun experiment right off our YouTube channel.  All you need is water and scissors, and you can create your very own barometer!  Of course, a barometer is a tool used by meteorologists to forecast weather by measuring atmospheric pressure.  Now, you can have your very own, homemade barometer!

Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI4dVKUNjCU

Make Clouds

Children grow up learning that real life isn’t like the cartoons, which might disappoint him or her in some situations. You’d be surprised how many kids get upset that clouds are not solid, and you cannot stand on them. This is a fun way to create a cloud, teach your child about matter, and let him or her feel what it’s like to touch a cloud.
Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8AvfXar9zs

Freeze Boiling Water on a Cold New Jersey Day

This one is awesome, but you have to have everything perfect for it to work. Since this involves boiling water, it’s best to have children observe a parent do this. This works best when the water boils for a minute and the air is just cold enough (about -10 or colder).
Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZpK7NQrWgM

Colored Ice Luminaries

These are just as gorgeous as they are fun to make. Add a bit of food coloring to make your ice globes seasonal!
Tutorial:  http://makezine.com/2013/01/23/how-to-ice-globe-lanterns/

As evidence by the list above, science is a wonderful way to educate and entertain children, and it provides parents or guardians with a chance to spend quality time with them.  For the majority of children, once they have that “science itch,” it’s one they want to continue to scratch.    Mad Science of West New Jersey provides parents and children with special programs that are fun for children, yet increases their knowledge and passion for science.  From after school programs to workshops and birthday parties, we can provide all that your little scientist will need.

To learn more about our programs, please contact us today.   


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