Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Projects with Things Around the House

Science equipment, art supplies, and so on, for two (and someday three!) gets expensive, so I am always looking for fun and educational opportunities to use what we have at home. You would be suprised at how much learning can take place with things such as a toothpick (try making a star pattern with toothpicks and water!) or apples (stamping with apples).

Do you know how to make a penny shiny again? All you need for this one is some vinegar and salt! This site has 6 other household science experiements you can do.

A celery heart also makes a good stamp. Just cut off the stalks evenly and dip the heart in paint!

Recycled Crayons are a great way to use up all those broken crayons we all seem to collect.

We have done both of these at co-op and both were a hit!
Make Plastic Milk

Homemade Slime -This one is really cool. When you hit it fast and hard your hand will bounce off but if you put your finger in slowly it will sink in.

Make some Hot Ice.

These are just a few of the thousands of experiments I found on the internet. I also suggest the book How to Fossilize Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments for the Armchair Scientist for more household experiment fun!

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