There are lots of fun experiments and projects you can do with children in the classroom that are informative, creative, fun, or all three!
Dance, Raisins, Dance!
Want to demonstrate the principles of density to children? All you need is clear soda, a clear container, and some raisins!
Fill the container halfway with a clear soda of your choosing, and drop in a few raisins (just make sure they have room to move).
Color Changing Flowers
Flowers are beautiful on their own, but they’re even cooler when you can control what colors they are!
- White carnations (one for each color)
- Food coloring
- Clear cups or containers
Mix together the food coloring and water so that the color of the water changes from clear to a dark shade of whatever dye you are using. Trim the stems of the carnations and place them in the water. Within an hour or two, the petals of the flowers will absorb the colored liquid and change color.
- Dry ice
- Warm or hot water
- Bowl or large container
Using gloves, place as large of a piece of dry ice as you want into a container filled halfway with warm or hot water, and watch the fog pour out!
You can also put the dry ice into a bubble solution to make fog bubbles that kids can safely play with.
These jellyfish are awesome, easy to make, and you can hang them up!
- Papers bags (one for each jellyfish)
- Paint, markers, crayons, or colored pencils
First, the jellyfish need to be decorated in whatever way the children would like. This can involve paint and glitter. Have them turn the bags upside down and glue googly eyes to the flattened bottom of the bag. Cut the opening of the bag carefully so that it creates strips like jellyfish tendrils. If you want to hang them from the ceiling, simply attach string to the jellyfish head.
Sidewalk art doesn’t have to be limited to just chalk. In this activity, children can make their very own sidewalk paint.
- Food coloring
- Plastic cups or containers
- A mixing stick (popsicle sticks or whisks will work)
- Paint brushes (optional)
Mix together a little over ¼ cup of cornstarch with a ¼ cup of water. Make sure you slowly add in the water; you want it to easily drizzle but not so much that it is just water! Add the food coloring and you’re ready to hit the sidewalks! If you are feeling daring, you can skip the paintbrushes and let them fingerpaint on a hard, concrete or asphalt surface. The mixture will be safe for kids to handle bare-handed.