By this point in school vacation, a lot of parents, especially those not usually home all day with the kids, are reaching a breaking point. Many have probably resorted to relying on the Boob Tube or other forms of screen time to maintain sanity. Especially if the weather hasn’t been cooperating. To top it off, the kids are starting to see the weaknesses in the armor — they know we’re desperate!
I feel like buckling to technological convenience is more palatable if I can sneak some grey matter stimulation into the day — no matter how brief. I’ve posted before about the wonderful Usborne book, 50 Science Things to Make and Do. (We loved that foaming dragon!) And we recently tried another very cool and very easy experiment from the book: Surface Tension.
This was the first one we did — you need water, ground pepper, dishwashing liquid, and a toothpick or two.
Then we followed up with the colorful experiment. You need milk, food coloring, dishwashing liquid, and a toothpick or two.
This one has my attempt at making it a slightly more formal educational experience…They weren’t fooled. It was just fun!
The experiments took all of five minutes from gathering the “ingredients” to finishing the activity, but we could have done them again and again. The kids loved watching the pepper “jump back” and the colorful version, using food dye, was even more interesting to create.
The directions come from a fantastic little book from Usborne Books: 50 Science Things to Make and Do. I highly recommend it for easy-to-follow and fun experiments. Happy end of the holiday break!
* Sorry about the vertical videos. I was carried away with the Science of it All.