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Gooey Slime
Get Totally Messy With Gooey SLIME! Make simple cornflour slime Suitable for kids aged 4+ You just need two main ingredients for this slime - too easy! You Need: Cornflour Water Food Colouring Mixing Bowl and Spoon What to...
Super Cold Bag
The Super Cold Bag Watch a zip lock bag blow up and become super-cold from a chemical reaction. You’ll love this one! Suitable for kids aged 4+ You Need: Citric Acid Baking Soda Tap Water Zip lock bag (15cm x 10cm) Measuring cup Plastic...
Simple Electromagnet
Make a Simple Electromagnet Make a magnet that turns on and off with electricity Suitable for kids aged 6+ CAUTION Do not hold the wire on the battery for long periods without removing it. The wire and/or the battery terminal may get hot. The nail is sharp, handle with...
Ice Cream In A Bag
Ice Cream In A Bag Make delicious ice cream in a zip lock bag using just a few simple ingredients. Suitable for kids aged 6+ You Need: 1 tablespoon of sugar ½ cup of milk ¼ teaspoon of vanilla essence 6 tablespoons of rock salt (or use regular table...
Yeast Balloon
Blow up a balloon with a chemical reaction Have some yeast friends blow-up a balloon for you! Suitable for kids aged 5+ with parental supervision You Need: 1 packet of dry yeast 1 cup of warm water (almost hot) tablespoon of sugar 1...
Tornado In A Bottle
Tornado In A Bottle Tame the destructive force of a tornado by creating a mini one in a bottle. It's fun and easy! Suitable for kids aged 4+ You Need: Empty plastic bottle with lid. Any size, 500ml works well Two drops of liquid detergent (clear...
Balloon Fun
Balloon Fun Stick a balloon to the wall and watch your hair stand on end. Suitable for kids aged 4+ You Need: Balloon Piece of fabric (wool works best) What to do: Blow-up and tie the balloon. Rub it about 20 times with...
Erupting Volcano
Erupting Volcano Project Use things from around the home to construct a volcano and make it erupt using a chemical reaction. Suitable for kids aged 5+, with adult supervision You Need (for structure): What you need for this project will depend on how you...
Colourful Chemicals
Colourful Chemicals Use cabbage water to change kitchen chemicals different colours. Suitable for kids aged 4+ with parental supervision CAUTION The cabbage water must strictly be prepared by an adult as it involves the use of boiling water. You Need: ...
Grow Crystals
Grow Crystals Grow your own crystal icicle using baking soda and water in about a week Suitable for kids aged 5+ with parental supervision You Need: Two glass jars Two paper clips A length of thick woolen thread Baking soda Shallow...
Popping Test Tube
Popping Test Tube How many times can you make the stopper pop from the test tube? Suitable for kids aged 7+, with adult supervision CAUTION The plastic stopper in the test tube is a projectile and must be aimed away from people and faces. The alka seltzer tablet is a...
Propeller and Globe Circuit
Propeller and Globe Circuit Can you get the propeller and globe working together? Suitable for kids aged 7+, with adult supervision CAUTION The light globe is glass and misuse may cause it to break, resulting in sharp pieces that could cut skin. Use carefully. Do not...
Lets Get Fizzy
Make fizz and foam using a chemical reaction Compare two baking soda and vinegar chemical reactions (one with detergent, one without), and watch for salt crystal formation. Suitable for kids aged 4+ NOTE These reactions can overflow to make a little bit of a wet mess! But...
Hot Air Balloon
Make your own hot air balloon There is something very cool about things that fly - this homemade hot air balloon is no exception. Suitable for kids aged 8+ with parental supervision You Need: Garbage Bag Duct Tape (or a plastic packing strip) Hair...
In A Spin
In A Spin Get a propeller to spin in two different directions – working like a propeller and a fan. Suitable for kids aged 7+, with adult supervision CAUTION Do not put spinning propeller near people’s faces or hair. Hair could get tangled. Do not hold the wire on...
Light It Up
Light It Up Make an electrical circuit to light a bulb. Suitable for kids aged 7+, with adult supervision CAUTION The light globe is glass and misuse may cause it to break, resulting in sharp pieces that could cut skin. Use carefully. Do not hold the wire on the battery...
Static Magic
Static Magic Use static electricity to make a magic wand. Suitable for kids aged 4+ You Need: Polystyrene ball Plastic straw Piece of fabric (wool works best) What to do: Wrap the piece of fabric around the plastic...
Sugar Landscape
Sugar Landscape Use a sugar cube to explore how rain changes our landscape Suitable for kids aged 4+ You Need: Sugar cube Eyedropper or pipette Small plastic lid (or saucer) to sit the sugar cube on What to do: Practice...
Mini Worm Farm
Mini Worm Farm Make a mini worm farm from things around the house Suitable for kids aged 4+ You Need: Empty 2-litre plastic bottle with lid, or 1-litre milk carton , or similar (transparent containers are best to view your worms) Soil or potting...
Balancing Act
Balancing Act – Science Magic Do the impossible – balance a can on its bottom rim and amaze your friends Suitable for kids aged 6+ You Need: Two empty 375ml cans 100mls of water approx What to do: Pour about 100mls...
Fizzy Sherbet Treat
Make a fizzy sherbet treat. So delicious, so easy! Suitable for kids aged 4+ You Need: 1 teasppon of citric acid 1 teaspoon of baking soda 3 tablespoons of icing sugar 3 tablespoons of jelly crystals What to...
Invisible Ink
Invisible Ink No Secret Agent can go without invisible ink. This is a simple invisible ink recipe using lemons. Suitable for kids aged 5+ (with adult supervision) You Need: Lemon Juice Heat Source: direct sunlight or a light globe. Use...
Cool Coloured Milk
Cool Coloured Milk Create an explosion of colour in a dish of milk! Suitable for kids aged 3+ with parental supervision You Need: Milk Dinner plate Red, yellow, green and blue food colouring Dishwashing liquid Cotton swab What...
Nappy Bag
Nappy Bag How much water can a disposable nappy soak up? Find out with this experiment, and learn about the amazing world of superabsorbent polymers at the same time! Suitable for kids aged 4+ You Need: Zip lock bag Small piece of a disposal...
Water Drop Magnifier
Water Drop Magnifier It’s so simple to make your own mini magnifying glass. Here’s how. Suitable for kids aged 4+ You Need: Small square of fairly-rigid transparent plastic (You can cut-up a clear acetate sheet, or a transparency available from art...
Colour Change Carnations
Colour Change Carnations See how water is absorbed into a plant by changing carnations cool colours. Suitable for kids aged 4+ with parental supervision. Only adults should cut the flowers. You Need: 6 x white carnation 6 x cups Food...
Rubber Egg
Rubber Egg Soak a hard-boiled egg in vinegar to transform it into a rubbery egg that can bounce like a ball Suitable for kids aged 4+ with parental supervision You Need: Hard-boiled egg Glass or jar, big enough to hold the egg Vinegar...
Disappearing Ghost Crystals
Disappearing Ghost Crystals Watch these hard crystals swell and grow into jelly-like pieces with water. Then amaze your friends when they disappear in water, or add some food colouring for cool effects. Welcome to the amazing world of superabsorbent polyemers! Suitable for...
Lava Lamp
Make your own hypnotic lava lamp with oil and water and a secret ingredient that makes it fizz and bubble. Suitable for kids aged 5+ with parental supervision. CAUTION Remember Alka-Seltzer tablets are a medicine, do not ingest. Read the packet instructions for more information....
Model Tsunami
Cause a tsunami by erupting a canister full of bubbling gas underwater Suitable for kids aged 10+ with parental supervision CAUTION The canister lid comes off with a lot of force, stand back and be careful to stay right out of its way. You Need: Empty...
Cartesian Diver
Make an age-old toy: The Cartesian Diver. It floats in a bottle filled with water, but when you squeeze the bottle, the diver mysteriously plunges to the bottom. Suitable for kids aged 5+ with parental supervision. You Need: An empty soft drink bottle with...
Straw Rocket
Make this rocket quickly and easily out of drinking straws. Then blast it high into the air using air pressure. Fun and completely safe! Suitable for kids aged 5+ with parental supervision. You Need: A drinking straw (preferably one that bends near the end)...
Ink Chromatography
Ink Chromatography – Is black really black? Separate out all the colours that make up a black felt pen using a special technique called chromatography. Suitable for kids aged 7+ You Need: Filter or blotting paper (a coffee filter works well)...
Wax Photometer
Wax Photometer Make your own translucent photometer out of paraffin wax that can read light and colour. Suitable for kids aged 6+ with parental supervision CAUTION If you are unable to source your own paraffin wax blocks you will need to make your own. Wax blocks must...
Gas Candle Detection
Gas Flame Detection Detect Carbon Dioxide gas with a candle flame. Will the flame get smaller, bigger, snuff out, change colour? How the flame behaves tells you the type of invisible gas present. Suitable for kids aged 10+ with parental supervision CAUTION This experiment...
Make A Gelatin Disc
Make A Gelatin Disc Best known for making jelly, gelatin is a fascinating substance that is used as a gelling agent not just in food, but in many other things. Here’s how to make your very own gelatin product that can be used in further experiments or in some very cool artwork. Suitable...
Split Light To Make A Rainbow
Split light without a prism Want to make a rainbow but don’t have a prism? Here’s a simple way to make one anytime the sun is shining. You’ll be beaming from ear-to-ear. Suitable for kids aged 5 + You Need: Shallow dish White wall (or large piece of...
Chocolate Leaves
Chocolate leaves Make some stunning chocolate leaves as a novel and delicious way to learn about the changing states of matter. Suitable for kids aged 5+ with parental supervision CAUTION This science activity involves the use of boiling water. Hot water must only be...
Glowing Water
Glowing Water Make water glow eerily under a black light using the fluorescent dye found in highlighters. Glowing water can create some exciting special effects when used in fountains, or use it to transfer glow to bubbles, ice and slime. Suitable for kids aged 8 + with parental...
Grow Bacteria On Homemade Agar Plates
Grow Bacteria On Homemade Agar Plates Make your own agar Petri dishes and grow bacterial colonies. You’ll be amazed at the diversity of bacteria around us all the time. Suitable for kids aged 8+ with parental supervision CAUTION This science activity involves the use of...
Chicken Sound Cup
Chicken Sound Cup All you need is a piece of string and a plastic cup to make your own noisy, clucking chicken. Suitable for kids aged 4+ with parental supervision You Need: Plastic cup Piece of string (approximately 40cm long) Sharp pencil...
Elephant Toothpaste
This COOL chemical reaction spews froth and foam everywhere. Just like a gigantic tube of toothpaste fit for an elephant. Suitable for kids aged 5+ with parental supervision. You Need: An empty soft drink bottle (600mL size works best) ½ cup of 6% hydrogen...
Chip Bag Shrinkies
Chip Bag Shrinkies Shrink your chip bags to less than half their size, then use them as a bookmark or keychain. Polymer chemistry fun! Suitable for kids aged 10+ with parental supervision CAUTION This activity strictly requires supervision by an adult. It involves the...
Egg In A Bottle
Egg In A Bottle This classic science demonstration never ceases to amaze. Get a hard-boiled egg through a small bottle neck opening and into the bottle without touching it. A great way to learn about air pressure. Suitable for kids aged 10+ with parental supervision CAUTION This...
Floating Paper Clip
Floating Paper Clip Paper clips sink in water, right!? Using a piece of paper towel and a steady you can get them to float. It’s all about the surface tension of the water. Try adding a drop of liquid detergent to upset the balance. Or floating the paper clips in different liquids. Lots...
Hairdryer Hover Ball
Hairdryer Hover Ball Hairdryers are not only good for drying hair. Impress your friends and float a ping pong ball in mid-air for minutes. Suitable for kids aged 7+ with parental supervision CAUTION This science activity should only be done under adult supervision as it...
Spinning Earth
Spinning Earth And Ocean Marble Can you keep your ocean-marble on the spinning cardboard-earth for three whole rotations!? A fun way to model the spinning earth and learn about how spin effects weather. Suitable for kids aged 6+ with parental supervision. Young children...
Milk Plastic
Milk Plastic Make plastic from milk easily using vinegar. Then mould your milk plastic into fun shapes! Suitable for kids aged 6+ with parental supervision CAUTION This activity involves heating milk in a microwave or on a stove top, and requires adult supervision. ...
Make Your Own Fossils
Make Your Own Fossils Fossils are the remains, impressions or traces of ancient animals or plants, which have been preserved in the earth’s crust for thousands of years. For a bit of fun, why not make your own fossils of treasures you find at the beach or in your garden? It’s easy to make...
Balloon Hovercraft
Balloon Hovercraft Make your own simple hovercraft out of an old CD and a balloon. Then watch it glide over the floor on a cushion of air. Make a few and have some races with friends – which design outperforms them all? Suitable for kids aged 5+ with parental supervision ...
Recycled Paper Seedling Pots
Recycled Seedling Paper Pots It’s easy to forget that making paper consumes trees and energy. These recycled paper-pots are not only fun to make, but they give new life to old catalogues and newspapers - reducing waste and helping the earth… Raise a seed in your new eco-pot, then, when...
Grow Your Own Crystal Snow Flake
Use borax solution to easily grow a delicate crystal snowflake Grow a crystal snowflake as a pretty Christmas decoration... A great hands-on chemistry project for the festive season. Suitable for kids aged 4+ You Need: A Wide Mouth Jar Pipe...
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