Create a Lava Lamp
This is a simple and fun activity that kids ages 7 and older can try at home with an adult. They can create their own lava lamp while combining water and oil and learning about density. Why do the water and oil separate? Watch and discover as you create this colorful lava lamp!
A clean plastic 16 oz. bottle with a cap
- Pour oil in the plastic bottle so that it fills up ¾ of the bottle. Then fill the rest of the bottle with water.
- Pour 10 drops of food coloring (choose any colors you want!) into the bottle.
- Break the alka-seltzer tablet into several small pieces and put a couple of the them into the bottle. Watch what happens!
- After the liquid has settled, place a couple of more tablets in there and continue doing this until all tablets are gone.
- Finally, place the cap on the bottle, turn the bottle up and down and watch the lava form.
- For fun, use the flashlight to shine it into the bottle to see the awesome colors!
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Take the kids outside and enjoy the beautiful, summer weather! Create your own scavenger hunt by having kids find objects in nature such as sticks, rocks, and leaves. Or, download our Nature Scavenger Hunt to use! Kids can do this individually, in pairs, or with an adult. This activity is for younger kids around the ages of 3-7.
Scavenger Hunt List
A bag to collect items
A location outside such as the backyard, park or forest
- Determine if you want the kids working individually or in pairs.
- Pass out the bags, scavenger hunt list, and a pen/pencil to check out items.
- Give the kids an allotted amount of time to finish, for example 15 minutes or 30 minutes, depending on the length of the list.
- Set them free to enjoy the natural world and explore!
Make Ooey-Goey Slime
This is a very simple science project to create with kids of any age and includes regular household items. Kids love this activity because it’s easy, fun and just feels weird!! There are many ways to make the slime unique by adding color and glitter.
Clear glue or white glue
2 bowls for mixing
Glitter and/or confetti
- In one bowl mix together ½ cup of water with ½ cup of glue
- Add in whatever food coloring, glitter or confetti that you’d like
- In the second bowl, pour ½ cup of liquid starch
- Carefully pour the glue/water mixture into the bowl with the starch and mix it with a spoon
- Then, mix the slime together with your hands until its well set (this may take about 10 minutes)
Written by Sarah Kochan
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