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Easy Outdoor Experiments

Posted by on May. 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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I've got science on the brain this week, friends. Yesterday was all about my ode to the magnifying glass. Today? I'm thinking about experiments. Kiddo loves making up her own experiments...adding random ingredients from the cupboards and fridge in a Tupperware and seeing what happens. We've started focusing on the whole idea of a hypothesis too - making our guesses on how the mixture will look in an hour (less goopy? more goopy?) or if it will freeze or not freeze. It's fun to expand those little scientific muscles, no?

Now that the weather is better, we're taking our experiment exercises outside. Here are a few we are going to try:

Map-making magic - Okay, not really an experiment per se, but getting some supplies and creating maps of the backyard or even the walk to the playground, labeling landmarks, being specific with distances all are a great way to observe their world. If you have more than one kiddo, have each one do their own map, each with their own path and see how what they choose to include that is the same and different.

Can you hear me? - Your kiddo may need you for this one, but it is pretty cool to see how sound travels through the air and the ground. Stand far away from your kiddo and run toward her. Have her raise her hand or jump up and down when she can hear your steps. Then start back and run to her again, but have her listen to the ground...which time did she hear you sooner? Also, grab a t-shirt and yell through it. Now yell into that plastic bowl...which material blocks the sound the most?

Windy wisdom - This is a fun one you can do for most of the summer. Start a wind journal. Each day about the same time, see how the wind is blowing (or isn't). Make your own rating system, like a scale of one to 10 - if the leaves are blowing it is perhaps a three, and if the branches also are moving, it is a five, and so on. See what happens to the birds or other animals when it is really windy.

What cool experiments do your kids try? Let's share some...summer is around the corner and we'll all need some new fun ideas!

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by on May. 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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Wish2Be
by on May. 21, 2013 at 8:51 AM

The Can you hear me one is neat ! DS is 3 so we try to do fun things like scavenger hunts and I spy games. :)

ceciliam
by on May. 21, 2013 at 10:19 AM

We just did this one....


Brayden and I did a pretty cool science experiment, this past week. We took an egg and submerged in a glass of vinegar. The vinegar breaks down the hard shell leaving you with a "naked egg", that you can lightly bounce....pretty cool!

It took about a day and a half for the shell to completely dissolve. This is what it looks like without the shell.....

Yup, Bray is in his Spiderman costume! LOL! Any chance he gets!

The naked egg is also larger out of the shell since the vinegar penetrated through the membrane.

It really does bounce just like a rubber ball but you have to do it low to the hard surface and be gentle. I saw a video where a girl bounced one a little too hard and it splattered all over the place. lol!

Anyway, it was a fun little  experiment:)

ceciliam
by on May. 21, 2013 at 10:22 AM

We also tried microwaving a bar of Ivory soap. It expands really big and then you are supposed to be able to mold with it, like clay.....that didn't work so much but it was fun to play with.


MichelleK41
by on May. 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Mine like to do the homemade playdough.

slw123
by on May. 21, 2013 at 10:41 AM

My son wanted to make Gak.  We made it.  it's a mess, that stuff oozes when you aren't looking,

sukainah
by on May. 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Those are great ideas.  I like the Can you hear me now.  It sounds fun!

dusky_rose
by on May. 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM

This looks so cool! DS and I will have to try this.

Quoting ceciliam:

We just did this one....


Brayden and I did a pretty cool science experiment, this past week. We took an egg and submerged in a glass of vinegar. The vinegar breaks down the hard shell leaving you with a "naked egg", that you can lightly bounce....pretty cool!

It took about a day and a half for the shell to completely dissolve. This is what it looks like without the shell.....

Yup, Bray is in his Spiderman costume! LOL! Any chance he gets!

The naked egg is also larger out of the shell since the vinegar penetrated through the membrane.

It really does bounce just like a rubber ball but you have to do it low to the hard surface and be gentle. I saw a video where a girl bounced one a little too hard and it splattered all over the place. lol!

Anyway, it was a fun little  experiment:)



lalasmama2007
by on May. 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

This is neat!  I'll have to do this with my dd this summer.

Quoting ceciliam:

We just did this one....


Brayden and I did a pretty cool science experiment, this past week. We took an egg and submerged in a glass of vinegar. The vinegar breaks down the hard shell leaving you with a "naked egg", that you can lightly bounce....pretty cool!

It took about a day and a half for the shell to completely dissolve. This is what it looks like without the shell.....

Yup, Bray is in his Spiderman costume! LOL! Any chance he gets!

The naked egg is also larger out of the shell since the vinegar penetrated through the membrane.

It really does bounce just like a rubber ball but you have to do it low to the hard surface and be gentle. I saw a video where a girl bounced one a little too hard and it splattered all over the place. lol!

Anyway, it was a fun little  experiment:)


la_bella_vita
by on May. 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

 We have done a couple of experiements. I have pinned them all, lol

Recently, we did tornado in a bottle

Rushn311
by on May. 21, 2013 at 5:52 PM
I am not so good with this stuff.
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