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Square Bubbles

Is a bubble always round? What happens if you use a different shaped bubble wand?

Backwash 

Does saliva really wash back into the milk carton from your mouth when you take a drink? Test it for yourself using powdered drink mix and see what happens!

Foam Fountain 

Create a fantastic foaming fountain with just a few household ingredients! 

 

Smooshy Slime 

Who doesn’t love slime? Slime is oobleck’s ooey-gooey cousin, and another example of a non-Newtonian fluid. When all of the ingredients in this activity are combined you get a squishy substance that is fun to stretch, shape, and smoosh. Try it!

Simple Sorting 

It is easy to forget that math is a part of our everyday lives. Use this activity to help your child notice differences, follow simple directions, sort objects, and identify patterns. These are important steps for data collection and analysis – which are a part of the scientific method! 

 

 

Pull Back Cars 

Pull back vehicles use springs to store energy. When the vehicle is released, the energy stored in the spring moves the vehicle forward. Can you make any toy vehicle into a pull back vehicle? 

 

Flashlight Constellations 

For thousands of years, humans have looked up at the sky and told stories about the stars twinkling in the night. The most famous constellations in Western culture come from the Greeks. In this activity, your child can learn more about several well-known constellations as you talk about the stories and science behind them. 

 

Bumblebee Bonanza 

What do bumblebees do all day? Using the Science-U campers’ tips as a guide, you can safely observe bees at home and learn what bumblebees do all day! 

 

Popsicle Stick Explosion 

Woven popsicle sticks are a blend of art, math, science and just enough mischief to make it an engineering feat of awesomeness! 

 

Can You “Water” Plants With Other Liquids? 

Most seeds need warmth, light, and water to start growing. But what happens when you replace water with other types of liquids? Test them out using this experiment! 

 

Watch a Seed Grow 

When seeds are in the soil, it is impossible to observe all of the stages of growth. Use fast-growing seeds in this experiment, and you and your child can closely monitor all of the stages of growth a seed experiences! 

 

Dental Decay

Tooth enamel is tough but can be eroded by acids in your mouth. Test the acid levels in your favorite drinks with pH test strips, then soak shark teeth or eggshells in each drink to see if the acid weakens tooth enamel. Try it!

Backwash

Does saliva really wash back into the milk carton from your mouth when you take a drink? Test it for yourself using powdered drink mix and see what happens!

Magnificent Mimicry

Mimicry occurs when a plant or animal looks like another species to help it survive. One of the best examples of this is the Monarch and Viceroy butterflies. Try this experiment to explore how Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators!

Strawberry DNA

Is strawberry DNA extraction possible?All living things store genetic information in DNA, but can you actually extract DNA from a plant and see it with the naked eye?

Foam Fountain

Create a fantastic foaming fountain with just a few household ingredients!

Lemon Batteries

Batteries consist of two different metals suspended in an acidic solution. Is it possible to use the acid in a lemon to power a light? Try it to find out!

Caterpillar Senses

How does a caterpillar find its food? What do they eat and which senses do they use to find it?

Owl Pellets

Can you determine what’s in an owl’s food chain? Find out what’s on an owl’s menu by dissecting an owl pellet – a regurgitated ball of undigested food that is part of an owl’s digestive process. Try it!

Oobleck

When is a liquid not always a liquid and a solid not always a solid? When it’s “Oobleck”! Explore Non-Newtonian fluids – solutions that change their state of matter under pressure! It’s easy to make and super fun to play with. Try it!

Mars Egg Lander

NASA faced a huge challenge when they safely landed the Mars Exploration Rovers on the surface of Mars. Can you design a capsule that would protect a raw egg dropped from several stories to the ground? Try it!

How Do Plants “Drink” Water?

You may know that you have to water plants to keep them alive, but how do plants get water from the soil into the parts they need? Try this experiment to learn how!

Popsicle Stick Explosion

Woven popsicle sticks are a blend of art, math, science and just enough mischief to make it an engineering feat of awesomeness!

Marvelous Meringues

Beating egg whites causes an amazing change. When you add sugar and bake them, more changes happen! Go from slimy egg white to fluffy foam to a crunchy solid and delicious cookie while learning about the science behind the marvelous meringue.

Blood Pressure

Learn how to use a stethoscope and a blood pressure cuff to measure blood pressure. Can different activities change blood pressure? Gather a group of friends and try it!

Bumblebee Bonanza

What do bumblebees do all day? Using the Science-U campers’ tips as a guide, you can safely observe bees at home and learn what bumblebees do all day!

Lemon Batteries

Batteries consist of two different metals suspended in an acidic solution. Is it possible to use the acid in a lemon to power a light? Try it to find out!

Pattern Power

Practice creating and replicating patterns—an important math skill—with this simple activity.

Binary Bracelets

Using the binary code, you can show off your name on a really cool bracelet, keychain, or necklace.

Bouncing Egg

Change Everything You Think You Know About Eggs! We all know what happens when you drop a regular egg on the ground. When you add vinegar (and some patience), you end up with a bouncy, squishy object!

Smooshy Slime

Who doesn’t love slime? Slime is oobleck’s ooey-gooey cousin, and another example of a non-Newtonian fluid. When all of the ingredients in this activity are combined you get a squishy substance that is fun to stretch, shape, and smoosh. Try it!

Dancing Raisins

Learn about density and displacement with this fun, easy experiment. Turn on some tunes and discover how raisins bust a move!

Density Tower

Make colorful layers using liquids of varying densities, then experiment to see which items sink or float to each layer!

https://science-u.org/experiments/density-tower.html

Magic Milk

When food coloring and soap are added to whole milk, strange things happen. Will the same thing happen with kinds of milk that have different fat contents?

Plaster Casting

Can you make a plaster cast like a crime scene investigator? You can set up your own mystery, or just have fun making plaster casts out of anything you want!

Grow a Snowflake 

Create a snowflake shape out of pipe cleaners and then dip your design in a special liquid – over time crystals will form. 

 

Water Filter 

Make your own water filter! You’ll be able to remove dirt, heavy metals and chemicals from filthy water! 

 

Marvelous Meringues 

Beating egg whites causes an amazing change. When you add sugar and bake them, more changes happen! Go from slimy egg white to fluffy foam to a crunchy solid and delicious cookie while learning about the science behind the marvelous meringue. 

 

Popsicle Stick Explosion 

Woven popsicle sticks are a blend of art, math, science and just enough mischief to make it an engineering feat of awesomeness! 

 

Dental Decay 

Tooth enamel is tough but can be eroded by acids in your mouth. Test the acid levels in your favorite drinks with pH test strips, then soak shark teeth or eggshells in each drink to see if the acid weakens tooth enamel. Try it! 

 

Mentos Explosion 

Are you ready for a blast? What is the secret behind the reaction between carbonated cola and little mint candies that makes such an explosion? Try it! 

 

Density Tower 

Make colorful layers using liquids of varying densities, then experiment to see which items sink or float to each layer! 

 

Magic Milk 

When food coloring and soap are added to whole milk, strange things happen. Will the same thing happen with kinds of milk that have different fat contents? 

 

 

Plaster Casting 

The Science-U campers used plaster casts to determine who left shoe prints at the scene of the crime. You can set up your own mystery, or just have fun making plaster casts out of anything you want! 

 

Blood Pressure 

Do you know what your blood pressure is? Learn how to use a stethoscope and a blood pressure cuff to measure blood pressure. Can different activities change blood pressure? Gather a group of friends and try it! 

 

Bath Fizzies 

Splish splash, let’s do science in the bath! Make your own bath fizzies and have fun exploring chemical reactions while taking a relaxing soak! 

 

Simple Sorting At Home 

Use this activity to help your child notice differences, follow simple directions, sort objects, and identify patterns. These are important steps for data collection and analysis – which are a part of the scientific method! 

 

Make a Comet 

Some scientists call it a “dirty snowball in space”. You can make your own comet with a mixture of materials that might surprise you. 

 

Reaction Time 

How fast does the eye send messages to the brain and the brain send messages to your hand muscles to react in time to catch a falling object? Find out using the ruler test! 

 

Flashlight Constellations 

For thousands of years, humans have looked up at the sky and told stories about the stars twinkling in the night. In this activity, your child can learn more about several well-known constellations as you talk about the stories and science behind them.