Summer vacation is the perfect time to take on some fun and educational Science projects with your child. Conducting fun and safe experiments are a wonderful way to fight off summertime boredom and challenge young minds with analytical thinking and creative problem solving.
Discovering that science is fun is a meaningful way to spend time during school breaks- and perhaps help boost self esteem and a desire for learning! You don’t need a lot of money or resources to be able to have some summertime science fun with your child. Here are some ideas from Science Fair Sanity to get you started to create your very own Science Camp from home:
Expand and Contract
Can you blow up a balloon without blowing into it?
Purpose: To blow up a balloon without blowing into it.
Materials: Empty 2-liter soft-drink plastic bottle, balloon, hot water, ice, deep
bowl, and record page.
Put the balloon over the mouth of the bottle. Draw balloons on the record page to show what you think will happen when you put the bottle in hot water and in ice.
Hold the bottle down in a bowl of hot water. What happened? Empty the hot water from the bowl and fill it with ice. What happened?
Record the actual results on the prediction page. Fill in the page as follows:
The hot water made the balloon (fill in the blank)
The ice made the balloon (fill in the blank)
Results: The air in the bottle was warmed by the hot water. Warm air expands. This made the balloon inflate.
The ice cooled the air in the bottle. Cool air shrinks. The balloon deflated.
Demonstrate osmosis and capillary action
To demonstrate osmosis and capillary action.
A couple of stalks of celery, three small glasses, food coloring, a knife, and a microscope if possible.
Mix blue food coloring into a glass of water. Place a stalk of celery into the glass. The food coloring will begin to move up the stalk within a few hours. It will reach the top by morning.
The water moving up the celery is called capillary action. In trees and roots it is called osmosis.
To grow bacteria and study their characteristics.
Slice of boiled potato and a Tupperware container.
Place the potato in the Tupperware container and leave it uncovered in a warm room. After a few hours, place the lid on the container and put it in a warm place where it will not be bothered.
In a few days, observe the potato. You should notice several spots have formed. These spots are
colonies of bacteria.
**This bacteria is harmless, but some types of bacteria cause diseases. Where did the bacteria
come from? How does this affect hygiene and health?
Consider letting your child set up and maintain their own ant habitat. This fascinating project teaches your child lessons in responsibility and basic ecology.
Research this list of Science Activity Books for even more science activities you can do with your child. These books are filled with activities to teach concepts in biology, chemistry, physics, physical science, earth science, space science, and anatomy.
Filed under: Lesson Plans- Science on June 16th, 2009