The QM Science Spot: LOTS of Experiments
We learn so much from exploring and interacting with the world around us, that is one of the things I love about our “Science Spot”. This is the go-to place, a collection of many of our best kid-tried and tested experiments. We love watching the natural curiosity that kids have, all those “Why?” questions, and seeking to identify the cause to many of this world’s mysteries. Come back to this page, we hope to regularly update it as more science experiments are added to Quirky Momma.
How does dish soap work? In this experiment with milk and soap you can watch as the soap breaks down the fats in the milk – it is beautiful!
How do airplanes fly? Why don’t they fall out of the sky? Experiment with different types of paper airplanes to discover what designs are the most aerodynamic – measure how far your airplanes travel.
Why do balloons rise? Witness a chemical reaction and see how some gases weigh less than oxygen as you mix common ingredients in your kitchen – inflating a glove.
What happens when opposites mix? This easy baking soda and vinegar experiment can help open questions to early chemistry concepts.
What does our heart do? Make a model heart with your kids and watch it “beat”.
Why is there salt trucks on the road when it snows? Learn how salt affects the temperature for freezing/frozen objects in this simple salt and water experiment.
How do molecules interact and combine to create something new? Experience the texture of cornstarch and of glue and talk about how the molecules combine in a chain to make something completely different – slime.
What is fire? Explore how flames need a flammable object and/or a fuel and oxygen in order to stay lit. Document the “life” of a flame.
Want to know how germs work? Why we need to wash our hands before we eat? This is a simple project to help make germs gross to your kids.
Why does that glow in the dark? Find out! Make your own glow in the dark potion.
Why is one penny clean and another dirty? Talk about how metals tarnish and how acids help clean them with this coin cleaning activity.
Like watching rain make bubbles? Find out why leafs float on the surface of a pool with this water surface tension experiment.
What colors make up red, or blue, in food dye? Make a chromatograph out of the dye from candy pieces.
Why do you shock someone when you skid across the carpet in your socks? Here are a collection of experiments exploring static electricity.
Why is is bad to drink salt water? Why do things float in salt water? You can discover the answer to these and other questions with this Salt and Water experiment.
What do the bubbles in our soda do? Explore the effects of carbonation in this simple sink or float experiment.
How are rocks made? Study how concentrated solutions of minerals, with time, are able to form crystals in this borax experiment.
What does a volcano look like? Find out with this great outdoor experiment mixing baking soda, vinegar and yogurt (the yogurt really makes it “ewwwww”!!)
How do cargo ships stay afloat with so much stuff? Learn in a buoyancy experiment how massive ships are able to carry massive loads with weight distribution through pennies, potato chip bag and a lid.
Want to study the law of thermodynamics? That all energy comes to an end? How about how propulsion causes jets to fly? Experience these with this Balloon Rocket.
What science projects have wowed your children? We’d love to hear about them. Feel free to leave a link to an activity you did with your kids on our facebook page.
WOW – what an amazing line- up!!! i love all these fun experiments. Thanks for sharing =-)
I have a couple of good ones
The Non-Burning Dollar: Dunk a dollar bill in a mixture of 50% water 50% rubbing alcohol and set the wet bill on fire (adult). the alcohol will burn blue, but the water will keep the dollar from burning by putting out the flame before it can burn the paper.
Fluid Solubility: Use water, oil and rubbing alcohol to show fluid solubility. We all know water and oil separate, but the rubbing alcohol should be soluble in both the water and the oil.
Polymer Fun: Take a styrofoam plate or cup and pour some finger nail polish remover on it. The acetone in the nail polish remover will break the chemical bonds causing the ridged polymer to disinigrate/melt (depolymerize) and become a slime. This is how they recycle many plastics since the polymer chains could be repolymerized later.
Bread rising is also a great example of fermentation that kids can easily see. Explaining how yeast eat sugar and produce carbon dioxide is much like how we eat food and create energy.
I’m a chemist and I love getting kids into science!
Great stuff! But one quibble: “proving” only has one “o” in it.
Hi, what is rubbing alcohol? I’m from the UK, I’m thinking we maybe call it something else?
Funny, I ran into this problem when I was studying in England. It’s a sterilizing solution that is often used on cuts/wounds, and it has many other uses. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubbing_alcohol
I never found an equivalent in the UK.
check your local Tattoo studios (not joking here) they use it to clean the skin before starting the tattoo. So they should be able to tell you where they buy it or they might sell it to you.
It’s also known as isopropyl alcohol
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Love the experiments! Isn’t proving spelled with one “o” instead of 2?
oops! Thanks for mentioning the typo.