School has started once again. Whether they're attending online or in person, most children are excited to connect with their teachers and friends and begin learning new things. Since schools are facing unprecedented challenges right now, it's more important than ever to extend learning beyond the classroom.
Looking for some inspiration? You're in luck!
When they're not busy helping buyers find their dream homes, many of our REALTORS® spend their time looking for creative ways to engage their kids. They recently shared some of the fun (and safe!) science experiments they're trying at home.
- "Lava" Explosion
This experiment is a little bit messy, but a ton of fun! It uses the chemical reaction between vinegar and baking soda to create a "lava" that bursts out of a model volcano.
You'll need liquid dishwashing detergent, red food coloring, baking soda, vinegar, and warm water. Start by mixing one tablespoon of warm water and three or four drops of red food coloring. Pour this into the volcano and stir in one to two tablespoons of baking soda. In a separate cup, mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar with a few drops of food coloring. Quickly pour the vinegar mixture into the volcano, step back, and watch the awesome explosion.
- Homemade Lava Lamp
If you've been busy exploring Mansfield homes for sale, you might not have a lot of time for science experiments. Luckily, this is one that only takes a few minutes and will keep your kids entertained for a while.
Start with a clear plastic bottle (like a 2-liter), some vegetable oil, food coloring, and Alka-Seltzer tablets. Since water and oil have different polarities and densities, they won't mix. Pour them both into the bottle and watch the water sink to the bottom. Add some food coloring and explain that since it is water-based, it will also sink.
Next, crumble up an Alka-Seltzer tablet and drop it in. It will react with the water, causing the colored drops to rise to the top. Once there, they'll pop, release air, and fall back down to the bottom, creating an effect that resembles a lava lamp.
- Invisible Ink
Another easy (and less messy) experiment is invisible ink. This is usually best for kids 8 years of age and older. They'll love writing and revealing hidden messages!
Just grab some white, unlined paper (like printer paper), a Q-tip or toothpick, a lamp with a traditional lightbulb, and any acidic fruit juice (lemon, orange, apple) or white vinegar. Allow your child to dip the Q-tip or toothpick into the liquid, write their message, and let it dry. Then, heat the paper by holding it over the lightbulb and watch the message appear!
- Crystal Candy
This is a super-fun experiment that ends with a sweet treat! You've probably seen "rock candy" in the store before, but you might not have realized how easy it is to make at home. All you need is a 6-inch piece of string (kite string works great), a popsicle stick or pencil, a paper clip or large plastic bead, water, sugar, and a glass jar (like a mason jar).
Start by boiling water and adding 1 cup of sugar, 1/4 at a time, until it's all dissolved. Then, tie one end of the string around the popsicle stick or pencil and the other end around the paper clip or bead. Lay the stick or pencil across the top of the jar, so the string almost touches the bottom, but not quite. Also, make sure it's not touching the sides of the jar. Allow the jar to cool and set it aside. Check it each day and watch how the crystals form!
Don't Experiment with Your Real Estate Needs!
Science experiments are fun, but buying or selling a home is a serious matter. When you're ready to get started, we're here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.