Fun Winter Science Experiments for Homeschoolers

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Fun Winter Science Experiments for Homeschoolers

Do think that just because it’s cold outside it means you’re out of luck when it comes to fun science experiments?

No way!

There’s a lot of cool things (no pun intended) you can do to make science fun!

Fun Winter Science Experiments for Homeschoolers

 

Steve Spangler Science – Magic Crystal Snowflake

We know that bringing real snowflakes inside your home individually is next to impossible. But with some fun hands-on chemistry and your imagination, you can make the perfect holiday experiment. And the best thing about these snow flakes is that they don’t melt.

Housing a Forest – Frozen Bubbles

Have you tried blowing frozen bubbles? Get ready to get that winter wonderland feeling with all those frozen floating orbs all around you. Grab your bubble wands and head outdoors and see the magic happen.

Kitchen Pantry Scientist – The Chemistry of Minnesota Ice

With some ice cubes, a glass of water, a piece of kitchen twine or string about 6 inches long and some salt, you can lift ice from your glass of water without using your finger. Impossible? No, when you know how to do it right!

Science Sparks – Ice Experiments: Making Frost

If you’re having a hard time explaining to your kids the frost they see on the grass in the morning, this idea is perfect! Do this experiment with your kids and let them see crystals of ice growing on each other.

Creekside Learning – Learning With Literature: The Mitten

Surprise your kids as they find out that it is our body heat that keeps us warm and the cloth of the mitten simply traps the warmth. What a wonderful learning opportunity, and fun too!

Lemon Lime Adventures – Pine Cone Science

Have your kids ever wondered why pine cones open and close? Try this pine cone science experiment and let them find out!

Little Bins for Little Hands –Science Erupting Ornaments

Make a great science lesson with your kids by erupting holiday ornaments! You’ll enjoy baking soda fizzy eruptions any time of the year. The fizzy bubbling action is really a reaction from baking soda and vinegar mixing, which releases a gas called carbon dioxide.

Teach Preschool – Fun With Frozen Making Ice Grow

Can ice grow? Yes, it can! And you don’t even have to be Elsa to do that. Learn what crystallization means. Pour a steady stream of water over ice and you will see the ice begin to grow.

Inspirational Laboratories – Snow and Water Science Experiment

This is an opportunity to talk to your kids about the phases or states of water – solid, liquid, and gas. Get some snow and use cold water, room temperature water, and hot water and see what happens.

Artful Parent – Melting Ice Science Experiment with Salt Liquid Watercolors

This is truly a beautiful melting ice science experiment is one worth doing (and repeating). I hope you try it! And if you’ve tried it before, give it another go!

Science Sparks – Snow Volcano

You’ll love how easy this is to make! With some snow, vinegar and baking soda,

A Mom With a Lesson Plan – Christmas Science Experiment

This is an easy science experiment your kids will love. Just buy some candy canes and get three cups of water and you’re good to go!

Frugal Fun 4 Boys – How Snowshoes Work

Animals in snowy regions need large paws. That makes it easier for them to walk on snow. This is a fun activity to demonstrate how snowshoes work and why animals would need wide paws.

Coffee Cups and Crayons – Insta Snow Science Experiments

This fun activity also doubles for sensory play. Do this with your kids and as you go along, ask them, “Do we need:  More water? More glitter? Less water next time?” Let them scoop and pour and explore.

Kitchen Pantry Scientist – Snow Science

Fun facts: “Twenty inches of snow* equals one inch of water on average.” Surprised? (10 inches of snow* should melt down to around 1/2  inch of water or 50cm of snow* should melt down to 2.5cm.) Try putting some snow in a clear container and measure how deep it is!

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3 Fun Science Experiments Using Everyday Objects

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Teaching science in your homeschool doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated.  (I can’t guarantee that it won’t be messy, though!)  With a few, simple, everyday objects from around the house you and your children can conduct these fun science experiments easily!

Click the “next” arrow for experiments to learn about gravity, static electricity and sound.  Get ready for some fun! Finger in the Bowl

goldfish-gravityConcept: Gravity

Does a bowl of water weigh more with a goldfish in it than it does without the fish?  This question usually provokes considerable argument.  What do you think the answer is?  If you said “Yes,” then you are correct!  The bowl’s weight is increased by exactly the weight of the fish inside.

Suppose you nearly poke a finger into the water.  Most people would guess that this would not make the bowl heavier, but it does.  The bowl’s weight is increased by the weight of the water your finger displaces, as you can easily demonstrate.

Place a glass on each end of a ruler, with a pencil beneath, to form a crude balance scale.  Adjust the pencil until the scale is almost, but not quite, balanced.  Now plunge your finger into the raised class, taking care to touch only the water.  The extra weight will immediately tip the “scale” the other way.

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10 Easy Science Experiments You Can Do Right Now

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There’s a much better way to teach kids aside from reading books. Here are 10 easy science experiments you can do with your kids today that they’ll definitely remember far longer compared to when they just read them from the books!

Click the “next” arrow for these 10 easy science experiments.  Get ready for great learning and some awesome fun!

Hard to Freeze

hard to freezePurpose

To determine the effect of dissolved nutrients on the freezing rate of water. How does this affect the freezing rate of plants?

Materials

  • 2 5-ounce (150 mL) paper cups
  • tap water
  • masking tape
  • marking pen
  • refrigerator
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) salt
  • spoon

Procedure

  1. Fill both cups with water. Use the tape and marking pen to label one salt water and the other water.
  2. Add the salt to the cup labeled salt water and stir.
  3. Place both cups in freezer.
  4. Observe the cups periodically for 12 hours.

Results

The salt water never freezes as hard as the pure water.

Why?

Salt lowers the freezing point of water. The pure water was able to freeze at a warmer temperature than the salty water. Plants freeze at different rates. Their surface area affects this, but it is also possible that the amount of dissolved nutrients in the cell fluid affects their resistance to the cold. Farmers find that bean, cucumber, eggplant, and tomato plants cannot stand even the lightest frost while plants like broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and turnips can withstand heavy frosts. Some of these durable plants have large leaves. The materials dissolved in the leaves may help to make these plants more frost resistant.

Magic Solution

magic solutionsPurpose

To float an egg in a “magic solution”.

Materials

  • 2 clear, plastic cups
  • tap water
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.3 mL) milk
  • 3 tablespoons table salt
  • spoon
  • 2 small eggs

Caution: Always wash hands after touching an uncooked egg. It may contain harmful bacteria.

Procedure

  1. Fill both cups ¾ full with water.
  2. Add the milk to 1 cup of water. (This will be referred to as the magic solution.)
  3. Place an egg in each cup.

Result

The egg floats in the “magic solution” but floats in the milky solution.

NOTE: If the egg does not float in the magic solution, add more salt to the water.

Why?

The milk was added only to give the water a cloudy appearance like the “magic” salt water. The egg floats because it is not as dense as the salty water. The dense salt water is able to hold the egg up. The egg in the milky water is denser than the water; thus, it sinks.

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3 Homeschool Science Experiments for Exploring Light

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Whether you are studying light in your current science curriculum or just want to have some hands-on fun, these 3 light science experiments are sure to be a hit. Better yet, they don’t require any special tools or equipment. Children (with the help of an adult) can conduct these experiments using materials you’re likely to have on hand!

Make a Stroboscope

make-a-stroboscopeA stroboscope is a device that cuts of flight at regular intervals of time. When you look through it at a rhythmically moving object, the motion seems to slow down or even to stop. A simple stroboscope is easily made by cutting eight narrow slots at evenly space intervals around the rim of a cardboard circle. Put a pin through the center and stick the pin into the eraser of a pencil so you can spin the disk in front of one eye.

Look through the moving rim at a rotating object (like a fan). Depending on the relative speeds of the stroboscope and object, the object will appear to be stationary or to move slowly in the direction of its actual spin or to move slowly in the opposite direction. This is because you see the object only at regularly space instants and do not see its movements in between.

Stroboscopic illusions are frequent in movies because the movie camera takes its series of pictures at even spaced intervals.

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Teaching Science to Your Homeschooled Child

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Teaching Science to your Homeschooled Child

As a parent who homeschools your children, you need to be an “expert” on all topics, including science. Although you might feel overwhelmed with the thought of providing your children with quality science lessons, it can actually be fun and easy! Simply follow these tips on teaching science to your homeschooled child.

Know What to Teach

The first step to teaching science to your homeschooled child is to know what exactly you need to teach. Depending on your children’s ages, their science goals could be something very simple or extremely complex. For example, one science goal for a kindergarten-aged child is to observe the changes a frog goes through from birth to adulthood. Meanwhile, a homeschooled high school student might be expected to dissect a frog and view different muscle tissues under a microscope. Before your school year starts, do some research and discover what your children’s science goals should be for the year.

Invest in Supplies

Once you know your children’s science goals, don’t forget to invest in some supplies. Some basics you might want to consider include test tubes, droppers, and a microscope. If you have all of the proper supplies ready at the beginning of the year, your children will be able to progress through their science goals smoothly, moving from one goal to another at their own pace.

Keep a Scientific Journal

After all that prep work, you’re ready to start teaching science to your homeschooled children. Start your first science lesson by creating a scientific journal. Let your children personalize their journals so that they’re excited to use them. Explain to your children that these journals will be used to record findings from the different science experiments they try, as well as for asking questions that could lead to future experiments! Science is all about asking questions and then finding a way to answer them. In addition to the educational benefits associated with keeping a scientific journal, you can use your children’s completed journals to show the state “proof” that your homeschooled child is learning according to his or her age level.

Get Dirty and Experiment!

This is the best part about learning science! Don’t be afraid to get dirty and experiment with your children. Science is one of the easiest subjects to teach with hands-on activities, so take advantage of this and have some fun. Let your children dig through the dirt to see how many different types of rocks they can find or use the microscope to compare different insects’ wings and body parts. Using these hands-on science experiments will help teach your children what they need to know about science, as well as fostering a love of the subject.

Teaching science to your homeschooled children should be fun and engaging. What are some experiments you and your homeschooled child have tried?

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How to Walk on Eggs

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Walking on Eggs

Can you walk on eggs?  Yes!  This super-fun, easy science experiment can get super-messy.  You may want to try it outside.

How to Walk on Eggs

You will need:

  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • 6-8 Cartons of Eggs (per attempt)
  • Trash Bags
  • Scissors

Were you able to do it?  Find out why by clicking here?

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Easy Science Experiment: Ice Cube Rope

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Can you lift an ice cube with a piece of string? (without tying the string!)

Watch the video and try this easy science experiment for yourself.

You will need:

    • An ice cube
    • Water
    • Glass
    • Kosher Salt
    • Piece of String

How does this work?  Click here to find out!

 

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Learning About Spiders

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A Guest Post

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Spiders. Right now it is the season for spiders! I’m not a huge spider fan but can tolerate them from a distance. This past week we had a couple unplanned opportunities to study spiders.  I capitalized on that and we went on a little bunny er spider trail this week!

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Learning About Spiders

This first spider lives right above our dumpster. It’s a pretty big spider which kind of freaks me out. My son and I happened to be outside one afternoon while it was building its web. It was fascinating to see the thin silk come out of the spinneretes. We’ve gone out several days in a row and watched this spider work. We even saw it wrap up a fly!

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Observing this spider over the past week allowed me to introduce spider vocabulary words and facts:

  • spinneretes
  • fangs
  • arachnid
  • cephalothorax
  • abdomen
  • pedipalps
  • exoskeleton
  • spiders have 8 legs
  • spiders are not insects
  • spiders have 2 body parts –the cephalothorax and abdomen
  • most spiders have 8 eyes

 

Spider Web I Spy

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On our last nature walk we played Spider Web I spy. We counted how many spider webs we could find on our walk. Did you know that abandoned spider webs are called  cobwebs?

Spider Activities

Here are a couple spider activities we have done in the past or that I hope to add to our spider learning.

Read more at  Learning About Spiders – Spell Out Loud.

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