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Friday Five

Simple Summer Science Experiments

Welcome to the new Northeast Library blog series, Your Friday Five! Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up five of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, we are highlighting simple summer science experiments to do at home with your children.  Are you experiencing a summer meltdown because your kids are riding your last nerve? Have your children forgotten what they learned all school year? Have you run out of fun ideas to do with your kids this summer? Have you heard the words “I’m bored” more times than you can count?  Well, have no fear; the NOE Library is here to the rescue with simple summer science experiments! Keep your children engaged in learning over the summer with these creative and fun ideas so they don’t forget what they worked so hard to learn all school year. These experiments are easy and can be done with items you have around the house (minus maybe a few ingredients). Your smallest scientist will be truly entertained. Here are 5 of my favorite simple science experiments for the summer!

Geyser TubeSoda Geyser
Blast off with a Soda Geyser.
You will need:
·         The cheapest diet soda you can find
·         Mentos flavored candy
·         Geyer Tube (this is totally optional but makes the experiment so much easier and a whole lot more fun).
·         Read the book Geyers, True Books: Earth Science) by Larry Brimner
·         Find an area that you won’t mind getting sticky and set up a 2 liter bottle of diet soda.
·         Add 4-6 mentos and step back and enjoy the geyser!

Rainbow MilkRainbow Milk
Rainbow milk is excellent for the younger ones learning color recognition.

You will need:
·         Pie Plate
·         Whole Milk
·         Food Coloring
·         Dish Soap Liquid
·         Read the book Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.
·         Fill the pie plate with milk.
·         Add a few drops of food coloring around the edges.
·          Add a few drops of food coloring into the middle of the pie plate.
·         Lastly, add dish soap (as much as you would like) and watch the colors dance and the rainbows appear.
·         Draw a pretty picture of the results.
Dancing RaisinsDancing Raisins Experiment
Remember the Dancing California Raisins commercials you loved so much as akid, well you can recreate that memory for your youngster with this experiment.
You will need:
·         2 tall, clear cups or containers
·         Clear carbonated soda (i.e. Sprite)
·         Water
·         Raisins
·         Read the book Grapes to Raisins by Inez Synder
·         Fill one cup with water and the other with carbonated soda for comparison.
·         Make a scientific prediction as to what will happen when raisins are dropped into the water vs. the soda.
·         Turn on the music and watch the raisins “cut a rug”.
Sink or FloatWill It Sink or Float?
This simple science experiment will keep the youngsters smiling.
You will need:
·         Small objects to test with
·         Cup of water
·         Read Things that float and things that don’t by David Adler.
·         Fill a cup with water.
·         Find small objects to test (i.e. rocks, bath toys, bananas, forks, pennies, etc..).
·         Draw your prediction in one column.
·         Drop the objects into the water and see what happens?
·         Draw the result.
·         Discuss whether it matched your prediction.
Easy Homemade Faux Lava LampmsEasy Homemade Faux Lava Lamps for Kids
This experiment is sure to bring out the “mad scientist” in your child.
You will need:
·         Clear bottle
·         Water oil
·         Food color
·         Alka Seltzer
·         Funnel
·         Pour oil into the bottle, filing it just about 2/3 the way.
·         Pour water into the bottle a little less than 1/3 to leave some room at the top.
·         Add food coloring of choice.
·         Observe what happened to the food color.
·         Cut 1 Alka Seltzer tablet into 8 pieces.
·         Add 1 piece of the tablet at a time and observe the reaction.
·         Browse the book Science Experiments with Water by Sally Nakivell-Aston for more experiments with water ideas.

I just love the reactions…and your kids will too! Remember Fizz, Boom, Read!