With summer vacation right around the corner, you’ll likely fill your child’s schedule with camp, play dates and other fun activities. But don’t forget about things that will help your child learn while school is out. Learning doesn’t need to be about huddling at a desk with books and pencils. It can come in many different forms.
That’s why science experiments make for great activities with kids. It teaches them something new and interesting. Chemical reaction experiments are the best for kids because it shows them how when two substances are combined, they form something new.
Entertain your kids and teach them something new with these safe chemical reaction experiments!
- a bottle
- baking soda
- one balloon
Let your kids add a couple tablespoons of baking soda into the balloon (use the funnel). Then let them pour vinegar into the bottle (it should be about half-way full). Carefully, stretch the balloon so it covers the top of the bottle, holding it just so to prevent the baking soda from falling into the bottle. Let them guess what will happen next before allowing the baking soda to enter the bottle.
- 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide
- 1 tsp. of yeast
- a stick for stirring
In the bowl, pour the hydrogen peroxide. Stick the thermometer into it. Allow the temperature to stabilize. Allow the kids to take note of this temperature. Add the yeast, then stir. As the mixture fizzes and bubbles, show them the temperature and let them feel the change in temperature on the bowl.
- ½ cup of vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- Red food coloring
Mix the vinegar with the baking soda in a bowl. When they combine, it begins to bubble. Add in the red food coloring and you have lava.
- 16-ounce box of cornstarch
- 2 cups of water
- Large plastic bowl
This one is really fun because it’s solid and liquid! Pour the ingredients into your bowl. Stir the mixture quickly and it turns solid. Then, slowly stir the mixture and it will be liquid again. Stick your hands in, hit it, and play around with it to show your kids how it can change and take on many forms.
All of these chemical reactions are safe for little helping hands so you can experiment knowing that you’re teaching your child something cool without exposing them to harmful elements.