Monday, June 23, 2014

You Can Be a Mad Scientist Too! Fun with Home Experiments

Looking for something totally dazzle-iffic to do with kids of all ages this summer? Channel your inner Bill Nye the Science Guy by conducting some awesome experiments! I don’t think there is anything better than doing some hands on activities that will mystify and astound yourself, your family, and friends! When I think back to my childhood, the moments that stick out are those times in school when we did fun and exciting experiments and of course, watching Bill Nye the Science Guy everyday before school. So what is science? Science comes from the Latin word for "knowing." It is the process of learning how things work in the world. According to Super Science Fair Projects,the fist science fair was in 1942. From tv shows, to books, to Pinterest, there are tons of great ideas for science experiments that will be engaging for you and your kids! Here are some books that we have in our library that you should check out as well as some blogs that are pretty BOOMtastic!

 
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Junior Scientists Experiment with Liquids by Matt Mullins

Do you like to learn by experimenting? Do you want to find out more about how scientists work? Then the Science Explorer Junior books are for you! Use thinking and observation skills as you try activities that will help you learn more about everything from rocks and soil to magnets and solar energy.
 
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Slimy Science and Awesome Experiments by Susan Martineau

A wonderful collection of wickedly slimy but perfectly simple science experiments! Balloon Belcher, Ectoplasmic Gunk, Floating Eyeball, and Pus-filled Boil are some activities guaranteed to appeal to gross-loving young scientists everywhere. All the projects are tried and tested, use everyday materials, and have clear step-by-step instructions. Every page includes a brief “fact file” that explains the underlying scientific principle involved in each experiment. Also look for extra “Weird or What?” sections sure to amuse and amaze. Freaky, fascinating, and fun!

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Magic Science by Jim Wiese
Is it magic? No, it’s science! There’s a lot more to magic than just waving a wand. From chemistry to biology, gravity to electricity, discover the amazing magical powers of science with these fun-filled, easy to perform activities. You won’t need any special materials to become a science magician – just everyday things found around the house. With Magic Science, you’ll be dazzling family and friends quicker than you can say, “Nothing up my sleeve!” 

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The Kids Book of Simple Everyday Science by Kelly Doudna


These 40 simple science activities will have young kids searching the house for everyday items to learn about temperature, pressure, water, air, heat, and plants! Each easy and fun activity includes how-to photos, simple instructions, short explanations, and introduces beginning math principles. With tips and extra information to extend the scientific experience, this book will get kids thinking like scientists in no time at all! The book includes: supply & tool lists, visual and text-based explanations, step-by-step instructions and photos, and safety information.

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All the experiments are simple, safe and easy to follow and can be achieved with everyday materials and recycled items found around your house. Help make learning fun and easy by trying some with your kids. Remember to always have fun with your experiments and don’t worry if they don’t come out as you would expect – some of the greatest scientific discoveries have been made by mistake. 
 

Make cool things like fluffy bathtub paint, tin can howler, exploding art, and exploding peep geysers! This awesome blog has tons of great ideas for super fun science experiments and projects. Learn about science while creating all kinds of cool stuff! 



Fantastic blog where you can look for experiments by choosing from categories such as Preschool science, physics, chemistry, kitchen science, biology, and Age 5+. So many choices to pick from for those curious young scientists! Make frozen Kool-Aid oobleck, a hovercraft, baking soda ice cubes, and fizzing rocks.   

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Try out all kinds of experiments on this website. Pepper on Parade, Bouncing Jell-O, Color a Flower, and Dancing Raisins! 

I hope you and your kids have a blast trying out these different science experiments! What better way to pass time on hot summer days than to conduct some creative science experiments in your own home. Don’t forget to stop by the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland or COSI in Columbus for a memorable day.