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Please help me with ideas for science experiments for summer!

Since it is summer and my kids are out of school, I am instituting about an hour of "review work" every day (except weekends) just tohelp my daughter keep up with what she had learned during the school year and work on problem areas. My son has ABA therapy and they cover everything I would be working on anyway, and he has four hours of it per day, so there's no point in adding extra after that. I will mostly be working on writing, math and reading, but I want to have some science as well. I'm planning "science saturdays" to do projects and experiemtns to help her learn new stuff in a fun way (the science she learns in school is sporadic and dull). Do any of you have any ideas for fun projects to do? Home schooling Mommas are particularly welcome in answering this :)

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Asked by TempestRayne at 2:03 PM on Jun. 2, 2010 in

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    My parents bought a couple of books that were filled with experiments. They most likely bought them at Walmart or Barnes and Noble. Look there and see if they have them, because they were great. I don't know them names of them, but I'm sure there is something out there for you! All the best!

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 4:09 PM on Jun. 2, 2010

  • Thank you!

    Answer by TempestRayne at 4:36 PM on Jun. 2, 2010

  • You can make butter!!! In a clear glass jar (babyfood jars work great). Pour in some whipping cream and a dash of salt. Shake until you see butter forming. Taste it on crackers or dip pretzel sticks in it.

    Diet Coke Geyser. Take a bottle of diet Coke and add a couple mint mentos and step back, FAST!!! You will have a geyser of soda. It's pretty cool but messy.

    Take a plastic film canister, add an Alka Selzer tablet and a LITTLE bit of water. (The less water you use, the more time it takes to "POP"). Put the lid on top, set down and walk away. The Alka Selzer and water combine to form a gas and cause the canister to "explode".

    Make a volcano.

    Plant and watch the flowers or veggies grow.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 8:57 PM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • I highly recommend "Raising Freethinkers". It includes ways of encouraging your child(ren) to think critically. There are also mentions of experiments.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:59 PM on Jun. 5, 2010

  • Oh I love you. LOL. Im a teacher and it thrills me to hear things like this. I also love love love teaching science. Its so fun and hands on and you can do so much.
    Discrepent Events are my favorite: Sticking a sharp pointer thru the middle of a balloon. Its wont burst and u can do some research on why. Putting a vitamin C tablet in Iodine. It will turn it clear. Research why.
    I did this experiment with my students. Get some choc. milk and skim milk and a clear glass. Pour the choc. milk on bottom. then tilt the glass and slowly pour in the skim milk. Slowly turn the cup upright and the skim milk will sit on the top. It wont mix. Why: Because of density. Choc. milk has fat and skim milk doesnt. The choc. milk is heavier so it will sit on the bottom.
    Also hear is a website I use alot:

    Answer by lilmsnay83 at 1:59 AM on Jun. 7, 2010

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