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Grow an amazing sugar monster from common kitchen ingredients!
Grow your own pretty crystal ornaments to hang with a solution of Borax.
This activity is perfect for keeping young dinosaur enthusiasts cool on a hot day.
Some small dinosaur figurines (or other animals that hatch out of eggs, such as lizards or birds)
Some round balloons (not water balloons)
Some toy tools, or other safe objects for breaking or melting ice
What To Do:
Stretch a balloon carefully around the figurine, taking extra care not to puncture it with any spikes or claws. (Water balloons are too thin and can break at this point).
Place the opening of the balloon over the end of a tap. Turn the tap on gently and fill the balloon with enough water to surround the figurine.
Seal the balloon and place it gently in the freezer overnight.
When your ‘ice egg’ is completely frozen, use the scissors to remove the balloon.
Place the egg in a tray with appropriate tools, and invite your young dino-e
Got a dinosaur enthusiast at your place? Make a dinosaur egg they can hatch with a chemical reaction!
A packet of Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda, from the supermarket)
Some food colouring
Small dinosaur figurines (or other animals that hatch out of eggs, such as lizards or birds)
Baking tray with a sheet of baking paper or foil to line it
Vinegar in a small cup or bowl
Pipette (eye dropper) or small spoon
What To Do:
Pour the sodium bicarbonate into the mixing bowl. Put on the gloves, then add a little water and a few drops of food colouring. Mix with a spoon or your hands to form a mouldable paste, adding more water if necessary.
Take a handful of the paste and mould it into a small bowl that you can place a figurine inside. Place more paste on top of the figurine and mould into an egg shape, ma
If you suck on a candy cane long enough, it will dissolve in your mouth. In this experiment you can observe the process up close, and also find out which liquid will dissolve a candy cane the fastest. It is easy to set up with household materials and substances (and a packet of candy canes), and a great opportunity for developing the science skills of hypothesising, observation, measurement, fair testing, comparison and analysis. It also a great way to use up your left over candy canes at Christmas!
- 6 candy canes, any plastic wrapping removed
- 6 clear glasses or jars
- A stopwatch
- 6 different liquids such as cold water, hot water, salty water, water with food colouring, vinegar, oil, juice, milk etc.
What To Do
- Pour different liquids into each glass or jar, then label
If you thought vinegar and bicarb were only good for making messy, oozy volcanoes, think again! Turn an empty cream container into an exciting, explosive rocket with this classic acid/base reaction.Suitable for ages 13 +, best used as a demonstration because of the speed and danger of the projectile
- ¼ cup of vinegar
- 600ml empty, clean cream container
- 1 tablespoon of bicarb powder
What to do:
- Add approximately ¼ cup of vinegar (acid) to a 600ml empty, clean cream container.
- Then, add one heaped tablespoon of bicarb (base).
- Quickly push the cream lid on, and point the container away
Bring chemistry into the bathroom. Make bath time fun!
Make your own bath bomb from household ingredients and marvel over the fizzy, colourful chemistry happening around you.Suitable for kids aged 6+You Need:
- Food colouring
- Sweet Almond oil (use different oil if allergic to nuts)
- 10 tablespoons of bicarbonate soda
- 3 tablespoons of citric acid
- 2 large mixing bowls
- 1 large muffin tray
- 1 small glass jar
- Rubber gloves
- Scented oil, glitter or flower petals
Play with magic sand that never gets wet!
Why play with ordinary sand when you can make hydrophobic sand that is literally scared of water?Suitable for kids aged 5+Two ingredients = Too easy!You Need:
What to do:
- Regular or coloured sand
- Waterproofing Spray (eg. Scotchgard or other fabric protector)
- Baking Tray
- Spread the sand evenly on the baking tray.
- Spray the sand with the fabric protector.
Get Totally Messy With Gooey, Magnetic SLIME!
Why make simple slime when you can make super gooey and magnetic slime??Suitable for kids aged 5+You just need three main ingredients for this slime - too easy!You Need:
What to do:
- PVA Glue (Elmers glue works best)
- Liquid starch (Borax Solution could also be used)
- Iron Filings or Iron Oxide powder
- Mixing Bowl and Spoon
- Disposable gloves
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:
What to do:
- A Wide Mouth Jar
- Pipe Cleaner (white, silver or blue are good choices)
- Borax (available from the supermarket laundry aisle)
- Boiling Water
- Food Colouring (optional)
- Using scissors, cut a pipe cleaner into three equal sections.
- Twist the pipe cleaner sections together