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Four Summer Scientific Experiments For The Whole Family

School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean opportunities for learning and education must come to an end! Pull your children from the TV, computer screens and video games for the afternoon and give them a fun filled scientific experience instead.

These experiments are an effective way to motivate your kids to learn and make it entertaining at the same time.

What better way to show them how cool science can be then to get them involved in the learning process? Try one of these simple science experiments with the whole family that will engage your kids and motivates them to continue learning.

  1. Salt Crystal Feathers

This re-envisioned way to grow crystals is a creative and inexpensive way to create a three day-long science experiment.

Lab Supplies Needed:

  • Salt
  • Colorful Faux Feathers
  • Jars
  • Clothespins

Heat a pot of water to boiling and add salt until the salt dissolves and a layer of crystallized salt forms on top of the water looking like ice. Pour the water into the jars, hold feathers into the water with clothespins and watch the crystals grow as water evaporates.

Turn this learning activity into a month-long exploration of gems, rocks and minerals with the proper lab supplies!

  1. Egg Drop

What kid doesn’t love to throw stuff and see if it breaks? Split family members into teams to create a friendly competition to see who can construct the safest egg holder that will prevent the egg from breaking when dropped from the top of a ladder or out of the second story window.

Lab Supplies Needed:

  • Eggs
  • Ladder or somewhere to drop an egg from a tall height
  • Tape, glue, cotton balls, cardboard, styrofoam, etc. (Scour the house for creative cushioning material to construct egg holders)

Build the holders and brace for impact. Try having each team make one or two different ones out of certain materials for an added challenge.

  1. Magic Potions of Hogwarts

Incorporate your favorite movies into science projects, like creating and writing with invisible ink, to increase engagement.

Lab Supplies Needed:

  • Yellow paper
  • Turmeric root
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Spray bottle

Draw a secret message on the paper with turmeric root and give to someone to reveal with a spray bottle filled with a water/soap solution. Mischief managed!

  1. Dominant Side Determination

Get active with some simple activities to determine which is your dominant eye, foot, hand, etc.

Lab Supplies Needed:

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Empty paper towel tube
  • Small ball or something soft you can throw

Write a “right” and “left” column on the paper to keep track of which side each family member favors throughout the activities and compare similarities and differences at the end.

The last thing on your child’s mind during the summer months is probably school. But by introducing them to fun activities that provide an opportunity for growth, learning can become far more enjoyable!

Extend learning all summer long with these great experiments the whole family can enjoy.

About The Author

Rachel Libby is a content crafter. She has a passion for writing and providing people with mountains of knowledge. Speaking of mountains, you can find her exploring the wild terrain of Utah in her quest for adventure and cool Instagram photo opportunities.

After the experiments your family will be ready to enjoy some homemade ice cream.  

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