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WHY KIDS SHOULD HAVE FUN WITH SCIENCE; and 3 easy experiments for kids to do at home

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

Science affects almost everything we do on a day-to-day basis. From cooking, gardening, the weather and even DIY. Basically, science teaches us all about life.

As the world continues to become more and more complicated, with emerging technology heavily relying on scientists behind the scenes, its important that our children develop their natural curiosity and gain the tools to fit into the world around them.

Getting them involved in playful experiments and scientific concepts at home is a great way to engage their minds to ideas they may come to use as future medical experts or tech gurus. It also helps to develop their thinking in terms of questioning and finding solutions as well as in logical thought. Skills that are useful in many areas of everyday life.

Below are 3 easy experiments to try out with your kids at home. We had lots of fun with the inertia (pulling) one and only just about got it right once! and my son was amazed by the water capillary action as it moved along the string in the second experiment.

1.All you need is some plastic cups, some string attached to paper (video from @chosehomejoyschool).

This is based on Newtons first law in physics that says an object will remain at rest or move at a constant speed in a straight line unless it is acted on by an unbalanced force (Inertia)

2.All you need is 2 cups, some thick string (that can absorb water-try dipping it in the water first), celotape, food colouring and water (video by @thedadlab).

This is based on the capillary action of water which the ability of water to flow through other materials because of its attractive forces.

3. The third experiment is the classic lava lamp that is so easy to do at home but We love the twist that @cara_florance added to the experiment by using water from purple cabbage which changes colour based on the PH of the solution and as alka seltzer is made from both acid and base it causes the colour change!

All you need is vegetable oil, juice from a red cabbage (blend/juicer) a squirt of washing liquid and an alka seltzer tablet (video by @cara_florance)

While we love having fun with science at home, we are looking forward to the Glimmer

event in February 2020 and again in November 2021

THE COOL SCIENCE SHOW! performed by award winning act Sublime Science.

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