Raising children can be an extremely frustrating yet rewarding experience. Whether you are training your toddler how to properly use a toilet or teaching your child how to speak another language, rearing children can require a lot of patience and caring. When your child becomes a student, whether in elementary, middle, or high school, parenting becomes a balance of loving and educational encouragement. Visits with the school counselors and teachers can allow a parent to be in the educational life of their children.
To encourage your children, consider conducting these 3 fun science experiments that are not only entertaining, but also educational. A science experiment, when done in an entertaining way, can be a fun experience for the whole family and be very encouraging to your child. Listed below are 3 science experiments that you can conduct with your children:
1. Erupting Volcano
Quite possibly the most famous school science experiment in history, the erupting volcano involves using baking soda and vinegar to create a chemical reaction similar to an erupting volcano and lava. To conduct this science experiment, build a “volcano” out of modeling clay or another material and empty out a hole in the middle. Mix the baking soda with 2 tablespoons of water and mix it together, adding red food coloring if desired. Afterwards, measure 2 tablespoons of vinegar and pour it into a cup. Pour the entire cup of vinegar into the hole and watch the lava bubble up and overflow! Remember, however, to put the volcano on a baking pan to contain the inevitable mess.
2. Pop Rocks Experiment
In this science experiment, you can utilize a candy that your children are likely very familiar with. Pop rocks, a candy that pops in the mouth when you put it in your mouth, is used as an experiment subject. Crush the candy on a table using the back of a spoon and you will hear a pop, coming from the breaking of high pressure carbon dioxide bubbles. Also try pouring an entire pack of Pop Rocks into a balloon using a funnel. Then put the balloon over a bottle of soda and let the rocks fall into the bottle. The balloon will only fill up a little bit, as the reaction is a physical one, not a chemical one. The filling of the bubble is due to the carbon dioxide of the soda!
3. Cloud in a Bottle
This science experiment should only be done with your supervision, as parents. In this science experiment, you will allow your children to see and learn how clouds are formed. As water vapor is cooled enough to form water droplets, a natural occurrence in the atmosphere. First, find a 1-liter plastic bottle with a cap, a soda bottle will work perfectly! Put warm water in the bottle to cover the bottom of the bottle. Next, light a match and immediately put the head of the match into the bottle, filling the bottle with smoke. Screw the cap on the bottle to hold as much smoke as possible in the bottle. Squeeze the sides of the bottle very hard from 6-10 times. When you squeeze the bottle again, you may see fog forming in the bottle. This fog is the cloud!