Science Experiments to try at Home
Science Week Theme 2016: Drones, Droids and Robots
We hope you have enjoyed our recent posts on Facebook, Instagram and our Emali website for Science Week as much as we have! It is always with pleasure that we teach children something that we are just as excited to learn and see, so that’s why Science Week is an especially fun and creative time.
But the fun doesn’t have to stop at our Emali centres… why don’t you try some of these awesome activities and experiments at home!
With the help of some really cool and creative websites here are some Science Experiments that we would love for you to try.
Drones, Droids and Robots
The pulley is a great way to teach children about leverage, transportation and using physical strength to move an object.
Using Stairs: Kids Activities Blog - http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/27885/simple-machines
Using a Branch/Treehouse: Hands on as we Grow - http://handsonaswegrow.com/simple-machines-for-kids-the-pulley/
Using PVC Pipes: Little bins for little hands - http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/pvc-pipe-pulley-kids-simple-machines-stem-activity/
Robot Discovery Bottle
This is an interesting twist on discovery bottles that fits right in with the Robot theme! The interactive bottle allows children to explore the sound the nuts and bolts make in the bottle, and when they are ready, tip the contents and explore what is hidden inside! With an
educational twist, this step by step post shows you the best way to construct this cool guy!
Fun-A-Day.com - http://fun-a-day.com/discovery-bottle-robot-alphabet/
Or why don’t you try this awesome magnet discovery bottle!
Just fill a bottle with water and paper clips and you’re ready to go. With a magnet wand children can discover how the paper clips move towards the magnet!
Felt Robot Craft Activity
This felt robot activity is a really cool, reusable and fun craft idea.
What you need:
- Glue a large, dark sheet into one side of the lunch box. Make sure it fits snuggly.Lunch box (or similar)
- Felt sheets
- Googly Eyes/buttons (Optional)
- Cut the felt sheets into different shapes (square, rectangle, circles, triangles etc.)
- On at least 3 of the shapes add a robot face using googly eyes, buttons and the markers.
AND you’re done! Children can mix and match to make their own robots!
>> Searching for a colourful felt pack? Why don’t you try Kmart: http://www.kmart.com.au/product/felt-stack---pack-of-10/693651
Using baking soda, vinegar and food colouring is a simple and creative way to explore colours and chemical reactions.
- Fill a tray with baking soda
- Add vinegar to a small container, then add food colouring to the vinegar
- Using a pipette or dripper, place a few drops on the baking soda tray
- Watch what happens!
Check out the full instructions at Buggy and Buddy: http://buggyandbuddy.com/exploring-colors-with-baking-soda-and-vinegar/
Planting – Growing a Beanstalk!
We loved the tutorial on Pre-K Pages about growing your very own beanstalk!
Visit their page: http://www.pre-kpages.com/planting-and-growing-beans-in-preschool/
There is so much content online and at local libraries that you can explore, so don’t let this list stop you. We would love to know what your favourite Science Experiment is!