Science is not just about cramming impossible-to-memorise equations. The charm of science goes beyond the combination of experimenting, observing, analysing and most importantly learning something new!. In honour of Science day, which was celebrated on the 10th of november, wouldn’t you want to shower your little one’s day with a number of explorative experiments? Here...
Science is not just about cramming impossible-to-memorise equations. The charm of science goes beyond the combination of experimenting, observing, analysing and most importantly learning something new!. In honour of Science day, which was celebrated on the 10th of november, wouldn’t you want to shower your little one’s day with a number of explorative experiments? Here we are with 10 science experiments at home for your little one. Let’s get right into it and get that spark of creativity and education in one go!
Firstly, we have one of the simplest experiments that would awaken your child’s critical thinking traits. All you need is a glass of water, an egg and a little salt. Put the egg into the glass of water and watch it sink. Now add a little salt to the water and watch the egg float on the surface. Surprising isn’t it? The density of salt water is more than that of ordinary water which makes the egg float. Simple yet so interesting right?
Seek the Smell, Seek the Food
Next on, let us try to focus on the olfactory senses. Let your child close their eyes or better, use a blindfold for more accuracy. Now display a set of food items on a table and let your little one use the power of his/her majestic nose to identify the item. How is science involved here? Well different objects possess different matters and chemicals which make their fragrance so unique.
Volume has a core role in numerous scientific expeditions. Shall we check out how? Arrange a row of bottles with varying amounts of liquid in them and together with your little one, blow across the opening. Do you see how each bottle gives off different sounds? It’s all a blend of numbers, quantity and the kind of material used. Want to experiment more? Try using different liquids for each bottle and see the difference.
The Growing Bean
Look around your surroundings and embrace the fresh aura of the lush green trees and plants. Let your child know how these beautiful species are yet another product of scientific magic. Let’s implement a simple biological experiment. Take a clear cup and fill it up with soil with a bean sowed in it. Watch the awe invading your little one’s face as gradually the roots and stem start unravelling.
Colors pep-up anything and everything. This vivacious pattern experiment would be so fun to try and so educational to enable an effective cognitive growth in your child. Take a glass of milk and add a little food colouring into it. Tell your child how everything is built up by a cluster of atoms and these color patterns are formed when different atoms try to form a bond between themselves. Now add soap/ liquid dish washer and watch the colors disperse. The soap reduces the surface tension of the milk i.e. water is now able to clean the color molecules off of it because of their strong attraction to each other. How handy could such an artistic experiment be in schools right? If your child is too young, don’t even bother explaining the science. The experience in itself induces curiosity.
Paper Plane with a Twist
There is nothing more traditional and exciting to be built from paper than a paper plane. Make one together, let it fly. Observe the trajectory and the swiftness of the flight. Now bend a corner of the plane and repeat again. Did you notice how the course of the path changed? Initially, the angles of the wings with respect to the applied force and direction of winds lead to a smooth flight. By bending, there occur some inconsistencies which ruin the predictable path of the paper-plane.
The polar Opposites- Water & Oil
We all know water and oil are like two enemies, they don’t mix together when put together. Let your child experience this phenomenon on their own. Really simple isn’t it? This phenomenon arises from various concepts of chemistry. Water molecules are polar i.e. with positive and negative charge while oil molecules are nonpolar and only get attached to non-polar molecules. Oil and water molecules form two separate layers with water molecules sticking closer to each other and sinking to the bottom, while an oil layer is observed at the top.
Mix the Wonders
Trials with colors are never a disappointment. Take on the primary colors i.e. red, yellow and blue. Now try different combinations of these colors to give off a new color. For example, red and yellow gives orange, yellow and blue gives green, red and blue gives purple. Astonishing isn’t it! Encourage your little one to find more such color combinations and preserve his/her curiosity.
The Battle: Healthy vs Unhealthy
Junk and fried food items are super delicious, but they do have a dark impact on our health too! It’s time to rely on science to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy food. Take a brown paper bag and watch it get all oily and greasy when you wipe junk food on it. While when it comes to fruits and vegetables, there is no excess fat, proving how healthy they are! This would make your little one aware about life-skills and general awareness.
Let us make your child feel like a science wizard. All you need is dish soap, pepper, a toothpick, and a little bit of water. Put pepper into a glass of water and dip your fingers in it so the pepper is glued to your fingers. Repeat the same activity with soap on your finger and witness the pepper elements being chased away. Water molecules being polar are strongly attracted to each other giving high surface tension while pepper is hydrophobic. The soap molecules make the water molecules scatter away from the soap and take in pepper with it.
All the above mentioned experiments have multiple streaks of scientific sections associated with them. And c’mon, we can readily agree how easy to perform these activities consuming minimal elements and yet render some amusing results! That is what science is; a gateway to venture out all the impossible possibilities only to prove them possible by defining the phenomenon with logical reasons. The tiny and undoubtedly creative challenges will make your children dig into deep thoughts and claw out the logic behind everything. And who knows, maybe this curiosity would become their very own ambition.
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