5 Easy Science Experiments Kids Will Love

27 July, 2019

Looking for fun science experiments to do at home? We’ve got you covered. From gravity-defying water to frozen glitter slime, these easy experiments will leave your kids in awe. Using simple safe ingredients, you’ll be enjoying the world of science in no time!

 

Gravity-defying water

You won’t believe it until you see it! This Magical trick turns water into a gravity-defying liquid.

What you’ll need:

  1. A wine glass
  2. Water
  3. A piece of card

 

How to do it:

Put the cardboard over the rim of the glass, and swiftly turn the glass upside down whilst holding it firmly in place. Take away your hand holding the cardboard, and witness the magic.

 

What you’ll learn:

All about air pressure. When there’s no air inside the glass, the air pressure from outside is greater than the pressure of the water inside. This means the card is kept in place, and the water stays inside the glass!

 

Vinegar Volcano

Make an awesome erupting volcano in just a few steps. Sit back and watch the lava bubble and flow!

A volcano made of dough

What you’ll need:

  1. Baking soda
  2. Vinegar
  3. A container 
  4. Red food colouring
  5. Washing up liquid

 

How to do it:

Combine the water, washing up liquid and food colouring in your container. Next, mix in the baking soda until it’s all liquid. Now’s the fun part, pour in the vinegar and watch the eruption. 

 

What you’ll learn: 

The science of chemical reactions. The baking soda reacts with the vinegar to form carbonic acid. As carbonic acid is very unstable, it breaks up into carbon dioxide and water to create lots of fizz!

 

Glitter slime  

Googey, glittery, slimey goodness. Using only 3 ingredients, it’s instant fun for the whole family. 

 

What you’ll need: 

  1. A large bottle of glitter glue
  2. 1 teaspoon of Borax
  3. A cup of water

 

How to do it:

Empty the glitter glue into a glass container and mix in half a cup of water. In a separate container, mix 1 teaspoon of Borax with half a cup of water. Next, slowly combine the 2 mixtures and stir to create your glitter slime!

 

What you’ll learn: 

The science of polymers. Glue contains an ingredient called polyvinyl acetate, which is a liquid polymer. Polymers are made up of long strands of molecules, so when you add Borax to the glue, it helps the polymer strands stick together creating your slime! Pretty cool, right?

 

 

Make your own Lava Lamp

Kids will love this easy lesson in liquid density and chemical reactions. It takes just a few steps to see the bubbling lava in action.

 

What you’ll need: 

  1. A plastic water bottle
  2. Vegetable oil
  3. Water
  4. Food coloring of your choice
  5. Alka-seltzer tablets

 

How to do it:

Fill the bottle ¾ of the way up with vegetable oil, and add water to the remaining space. Next, add a few drops of food colouring, and break up the Alka-seltzer tablets into a few pieces. One by one, drop the pieces of Alka-seltzer tablets into the bottle and watch the lava lamp in action. 

 

What you’ll learn: 

Water is made from highly charged hydrophilic compounds, whilst oil is made up of long chains of carbon that are hydrophobic. This means they don’t mix, because they can’t form chemical bonds with each other. When you add the Alka-seltzer to the water, they react and release carbon dioxide. This is what creates the lava bubbles!

 

 

Augmented Reality Sandbox

Stimulate your senses with an interactive 3D world. From flowing lava and lush grass, to pools of water and friendly wildlife, watch the images be projected onto the sand, and immerse yourself in different landscapes. 

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What you’ll need:

A ticket to our Shark Lab event! Running until August 20th 2019, you’ll get to experience the Augmented Reality Sandbox and much more! Get your tickets here

 

What you’ll learn:

All about different terrains, colours, and how to explore new surroundings. 

 

At At Deep Sea World, you can enjoy a journey through the deep blue sea and encounter creature after creature, but it doesn’t stop there! Find out what’s on this summer

 

 

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