Winter is upon us and the weather is turning downright frigid in some areas. Let’s warm up with a few winter themed sensory play activities.
We’ve shared a lot of science experiments, here at Modern Homeschool Family, and today, we have another fun STEM lesson plan on exploring sound.
This lesson plan includes 4 science experiments for learning about sound. This lesson plan can be used with one child or a group and is appropriate for an all-ages introduction to the concepts of sound.
Teach your children about Earth by letting them do hands on activities and crafts. There are so many things to learn about Earth. These hands on activities are not only educational, but can also be very fun for you and your children. Learn about nature, the sun and more with these Fun Earth Science Experiments.
After being cooped up all winter with textbooks and indoor activities, even moms get spring fever! With the sun starting to make its debut and the weather turning warmer, now is the perfect time to get out from behind those text books and get some hands-on science lessons outdoors.
Maybe you remember Stomp Rockets as a kid, or you’ve seen them in the store? After all, they have been around for almost 25 years. If you have’t played with them yourself, you can tell it’s going to be fun, just from the name. Stomp Rockets!
Stomp Rocket Ultra LED is 100% KID powered: Run, jump and STOMP to launch these rockets up to 150 feet in the air! Click to turn on the powerful LED light inside, and these Stomp Rockets will really shine in the night sky, so it’s fun to play outdoors after dusk and on gloomy days too. Light up the night with vibrant color. The LED lights inside these rockets make them bright enough to double as a flashlight! Stomp Rocket Ultra LED is strong and durable, and great for active, outdoor play. Stomp Rockets have won lots of awards from industry experts, including iParenting Media, Dr. Toy and Creative Child Magazine. Includes a Stomp Launcher and 4 foam-tipped Ultra Stomp Rockets with bright LED lights inside. Refill rockets also available (item #20502). For kids ages 6 and up.
As if running, jumping, stomping and launching rockets into the air wasn’t just great all by itself, there are a TON of science experiments and concepts to learn from all of this fun. Concepts include force, gravity, trajectory and so much more.
You can do a quick Google search to find some activities but did you know there is a corresponding curriculum you can use with your Stomp Rockets???
Use the “Stompin’ Science” book with Stomp Rocket Launch Sets to make science a blast! Kids can learn about things like gravity (what goes up must come down), trajectory, force and more by running, jumping and STOMPING to launch rockets — so learning is fun, interactive and active! Plus, the “Stompin’ Science” book makes teaching easy. It contains lessons for students of all ages and grade levels. Great for teachers, homeschoolers and parents who’d like to have some educational fun with their kids.
Here’s a peek at the lessons included in this book:
Those are just the lesson plans. There’s another 16 pages dedicated to science fair projects!
Aren’t you super excited to get outside and use your stomp rockets to teach science now?!?!
To give you even MORE motivation, I’ve got a two special treats for you!
First, I’m give you lessons plans to teach Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion using your Stomp Rockets. This lesson plan has 3 adaptable experiments you can do in your own back yard and note booking pages to use too. This lesson plan is free, but for a very limited time only, so be sure to grab yours while you can (link at the end of this post).
Here’s the other special treat (I’m giddy with excitement!) …. one lucky Modern Homeschool Family reader is going to win his or her own Stomp Rocket set and science project guide!
If you just can’t wait to get started using Stomp Rockets and the lesson plans, you can find them on Amazon Prime:
As promised, here’s the lesson plan. Don’t forget, it’s only free through May 3rd, so download yours now!
Hands-on, real-life learning can make science come to life for secondary students. Gone are the days of assigned Science Fair projects. These 8 projects for teen scientists will bring inquiry and project-based learning home!
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These 10 holiday science experiments are sure to bring the joy of exploration and discovery into your lesson plans. These holiday science experiments cover the most popular December holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years!
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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?
There’s a lot of cool things (no pun intended) you can do to make science fun!
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!
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
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.Unpepper the Salt
Concept: Static Electricity
This is an amusing dinner-table stunt to show friends on dry winter days when static electricity is easy to produce. Shake a pile of salt on a tablecloth, flatten it with your finger, then shake some pepper on top of it. The problem is to remove the pepper from the salt.
Not many people are likely to think of the easy solution. Just put a static charge on a pocket comb by running it a few times through your hair. Bring one end of the comb to about an inch above the salt. The grains of pepper, which are lighter than the salt grains, will jump to the comb!
Tie the hook of a wire coat hanger to the center of a piece of string about five feet long. Wrap one end of the string several times around your left index finger; then wrap the other end the same way around your right index finger. Push the tips of both fingers into your ears.
Now bend forward and allow the hanger to strike against the side of a chair. You’ll be startled to hear the sound like the chiming of an old-fashioned clock or church bell tolling in the distance.
The done is produced, of course, by the vibrations of the hanger. The sound waves are transmitted to your eardrums via string and fingers!
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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!
To determine the effect of dissolved nutrients on the freezing rate of water. How does this affect the freezing rate of plants?
The salt water never freezes as hard as the pure water.
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.
To float an egg in a “magic solution”.
Caution: Always wash hands after touching an uncooked egg. It may contain harmful bacteria.
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.
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.
To demonstrate that gravity has little effect on drops of oil submerged in a liquid.
The alcohol forms a layer on top of the water.
The downward pull of gravity has little effect on the drops of oil because they are surrounded by liquid molecules that are pulling on them in all directions. The oil drops are also pulling on each other, and without the effects of gravity, the oil pull itself into a shape that takes up the least surface area, a sphere.
To demonstrate how sand dunes are formed.
The flour moves away from the end of the baster in a semi-circular pattern. The flour piles up close to the end of the baster.
The moving air leaving the baster has kinetic energy (energy of motion). The flour particles are small enough to be lifted by the moving air and carried forward. Some of the smaller particles move farther away, but most lose energy and fall, forming a mound near the end of the baster. As this mound builds, it blocks the movement of even the smaller flour particles that would have traveled farther. This demonstrates how sand dunes are formed.
To demonstrate that an object remains stationary due to inertia.
If you pulled the paper quickly enough, it moved from under the can, but the can remained upright and in the same place.
Inertia is a resistance to any change in motion. An object that is stationary remains that way until some force causes it to move. The can is not attached to the paper. Because of the can’s inertia, it remains stationary even though the paper moves forward.
To demonstrate how frequency affects the pitch of sound.
The bottle with the most water has the lowest pitch.
Sounds are made by vibrating objects. The number of times the object vibrates – moves back and forth – is called the frequency of the sounds. As the frequency increases, the pitch of the sound gets higher. Tapping on the bottle causes the bottle and its content to vibrate. As the height of the water column increases, the pitch of the sound gets lower.
To demonstrate how tiny water droplets in clouds grow into raindrops.
Some of the water falls when the lid is inverted, leaving small drops on the lid. The small drops combine, forming larger drops that eventually fall.
Water molecules have an attraction for each other. This attraction is due to the fact that each molecule has a positive and a negative side. The positive side of the molecule attracts the negative side of another molecule. The tiny water droplets on the plastic lid, as well as in clouds, join to form larger, heavier drops, which fall. The falling drops from clouds are called raindrops.
To demonstrate how salt is used to measure humidity.
The salt that was breathed on forms clumps when stirred, while the salt crystals on the other dish remain separate.
Exhaled breath contains water vapor. Table salt has a strong attraction for water and readily absorbs moisture from the air or your breath. The water causes the salt crystals to stick together. Air that contains a large amount of water causes salt to become soggy. You can tell the humidity is high when salt is difficult to shake from saltshakers.
To demonstrate that light travels in a straight line.
Light appears on the screen only when the notches are in a straight line with each other.
Light travels in a straight line. When the notches were in line, the light rays were able to pass through the openings, but when the notches were out of line, the rays were blocked by the cardboard.
To test the movement of light through different materials.
There is little or no change in appearance when things are observed through plastic. The wax paper makes objects look dull and frosty, while nothing can be seen through the cardboard.
In order for you to see anything, light must be reflected from the object you are looking at to your eyes. The clear plastic is an example of a transparent material. Transparent means that light rays move straight through the materials and allow you to see objects as they are. Translucent materials, like wax paper, change the direction of the light rays that pass through. This change in direction makes objects look dull, frosty, and sometimes distorted. Cardboard is an opaque material – no light rays can pass through. Without light rays passing through to your eye, nothing on the opposite side of opaque materials can be seen.
These “10 Easy Science Projects You Can Do Right Now” were adapted from the book “201 Awesome, Magical Bizarre, and Incredible Experiments”.
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
A 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.
Place a postage stamp face up on a table. Set a clear glass of water on the stamp. Then cover the glass with a saucer. The stamp disappears! Walk around the glass, peering into it from any angle you please. The stamp is completely invisible.
The explanation lies in the phenomenon of refraction–the bending of light rays when they pass at an angle from one medium to another. In this experiment, light rays are refracted upward when they pass from ager to air and then strike the underside of the saucer. Since the saucer screens off all refracted rays, there is no angle from which the postage stamp can be seen.
Spectrum on the Ceiling
One of Isaac Newton’s most famous experiments was done with a beam of sunlight passing through a prism to form rainbow colors on the wall. You can perform a similar experiment with a flashlight, a pocket mirror, and a shallow bowl of water.
Place the mirror in the bowl so it is at an angle of about 30 degrees to the surface of the water. Darken the room, and then shine a flashlight toward the mirror. A small spectrum of colors will appear on the ceiling.
The experiment proves that white light is composed of many different wave lengths, each belonging to a different color. The water acts as a prism, refraction beach wave length at a slightly different angle to form the colors on the ceiling.More Homeschool Science Experiments!
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