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September 4, 2011 | in Babysitting Jobs
10 Easy Science Experiments Kids Love
September 4, 2011 | in Babysitting Jobs
- Static Electricity. This one is great for children of all ages, but especially for those younger tots. Blow up a balloon and rub it across their heads in front of a mirror, and show them how to make their hair stand on end. Then hold it up to a wall and watch it attach.
- Making Snow. If you live in a colder climate, where temperatures drop below freezing in the winter, this is a fun one, even for adults. Boil water in a pan, and then go outside and immediately throw the water up into the air. It turns to snow before hitting the ground.
- Charging a Light Bulb. All you need for this one is a light bulb and a comb. Go into a closet or other dark room, rub a comb through you hair, then touch the comb to the base of the bulb. It will charge it slightly, and you’ll see the filament glow.
- Floating Eggs. Teach kids about density by getting two eggs, two glasses of water and some salt. Fill one glass with about ten tablespoons of salt, and then put an egg in each glass. The egg in the glass without salt will sink to the bottom. The egg in salt water will float at the top. Then empty half the water from the salt glass and fill remaining have with more water. The egg will now float in the middle of the glass.
- Exploding Bag. This one is messy, and you may wish to do it outside or over a sink. Put one half a tablespoon of baking soda in a paper towel and fold it up. Add one half a cup of vinegar and one quarter cup of warm water in a zip lock bag, add the paper towel package and zip close the bag. Watch and wait as the bag fills with carbon dioxide, and eventually explodes.
- Recycled Paper. Take any old scraps of paper and tear into small pieces. Put in a pan with water and let soak overnight. Mash with a fork, and put into a bowl half full of water, stir well. Dip a flat bottomed sieve into the bowl and bring it slowly up to the surface grabbing the pulp mixture, let most of the water drain, turn sieve upside down over a damp cloth and gently peel away the pulp, spread as thin as possible and let it dry.
- Magic of Soap. This one will teach kids the importance of washing their hands. Get a bowl or cup of water and put some pepper in it. Have the kids put one finger in the bowl and watch the pepper attach to their finger. Rub soap all over a finger on the other hand and have them place that finger in. The pepper will be repelled.
- Dancing Raisins. Place some raisins in a cup of water and watch them sink. Now in another cup, add four tablespoons of vinegar and three tablespoons of baking soda to the water, and watch the bubbles make the raisins move.
- Creepy Hand. This is a fun one to do around Halloween. Add a few tablespoons of vinegar to a glass, then place a couple of teaspoons of baking soda in a rubber glove. Attach rubber glove to the top of the glass and watch the mixture bubble in the glass. After a few moments, the glove will fill with air and stand up straight.
- Glow in the Dark Pop. This was a YouTube hit. You can make the soda Mountain Dew glow in the dark by emptying three fourths of a 20 oz. bottle and adding an eighth of a teaspoon of baking soda and three capfuls of hydrogen peroxide to the one fourth that is left. Shake well and watch it glow, turn off lights while shaking for better visual effects. Do not drink this mixture afterwards.
Science is a lot of fun, and getting kids involved with experiments is a great way to engage them in the learning process. Just a reminder that an adult should be present for any experiments done with children.← 10 Good House Rules for Sitters | 10 Reasons to Take the Kids to the Sitter’s Home →
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