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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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!
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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
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!
Check out more of our homeschool-friendly science experiments!Entertaining Science Experiments with Everyday Objects (Dover Children’s Science Books).