Colour Changing Water

Watch the children’s faces when they discover that they can make the colour in the water disappear! All you need to make this happen is:

  • 3 clear cups
  • 3 different food colourings
  • A little bit of bleach
  • Water
  • Dropper
  • Gloves
  • A stirrer

First, half fill each of the 3 cups with water and add a different colour food colouring to each. Then, using a dropper, add a few drops of bleach to each cup. Using the stirrer, stir away the colour.

Please ensure the safety of the children doing this experiment as it involves bleach. Make sure there is close adult supervision at all times and use the appropriate protective equipment (we used gloves).

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Make Your Own Ice Cream in 10 Minutes!

We had to share this super easy recipe with you guys. Not only does it taste delicious but you will more than likely have all the ingredients in the house. Also, it literally takes 10 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • Whole milk
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla essence
  • Rock salt
  • Ice
  • Plastic food bags

First, put 2 cups of milk into a food bag and add 3/4 cup of sugar. Add a teaspoon of vanilla essence. Tie a knot in the bag and place inside a larger bag of ice. Add some rock salt to the ice. Then also tie a knot in the larger bag. Finally, shake the bag vigorously for 10 minutes.

Check out how we did it here:

Easy and delicious

You may need some helpers at hand to give you a break from the shaking. However, this makes a great arm work out to burn some calories so you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoying the ice cream.

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Fizzing Colours Experiment

This is another great science experiment to do with children to develop their problem solving skills and broaden their knowledge and understanding of the world. Plus, this science experiment has very minimal mess as it’s all contained within the tray.

All you need is:

  • Non-stick baking paper
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Food colouring
  • A foil baking tray
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Droppers

First of all, line the tray with the baking paper, then sprinkle the bicarb to cover the bottom of the tray. Then using droppers, drop some different colour food colouring into separate sections. Lastly, on top of the food colouring, drop some distilled vinegar and watch those colours fizz!

Check out our video:

Minimal mess

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Walking Water Experiment

Here is another really easy science experiment to do at home with the children or with your children at nursery or school. It is simple and cost effective. It also provides children with great problem solving skills as ingredients used may need to be swapped out for better results. For example, we used kitchen roll in our science experiment and we did have to be quite patient to see the results. However, I have since researched that other materials such as wet wipes may produce better and quicker results.

All you need for this experiment is:

  • 3 clear glasses
  • food colouring (2 different colours)
  • material such as tissue to transfer the water from the glasses

First, place the glasses side by side with a little gap. Then fill them with water. Put some food colouring into the two end glasses but leave the middle one clear. Make sure you use different colour food colouring for each of the end glasses to see that the water has transferred. Roll some tissue longways then put each end into the glasses that are next to each other. As the material absorbs the water, it should travel from one glass to the next.

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Glow Stick Experiment – Creativity

Being creative provides children with new ways of thinking and problem-solving skills. It gives children the opportunity to try new things and encourages them to express themselves. This glow stick experiment is a very simple science experiment that allows you to be creative.

All you need for this experiment is:

  • Glow sticks
  • Clear glass
  • Scissors

IMPORTANT! Please supervise children at all times during science experiments. Do NOT use toxic substances. Check the packaging of products carefully and provide protective equipment such as gloves and googles where necessary!

Simply snip off the end of a glow stick with the scissors and tap away at the glass to empty the contents onto the glass. Use a mixture of different colours and methods of emptying the glow stick to create different patterns.

Simple and cheap!

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Lava Lamp Experiment – Sensory bottle idea

The lava lamp experiment is another simple experiment to do with your child at home, at school and at nursery but please supervise your children at all times when using disposable aspirin. This experiment is not only fun to do but you come away with a great sensory bottle that your child can keep.

Come away with a great sensory bottle!

The ingredients you will need are:

  • vegetable oil
  • an empty bottle
  • water
  • food colouring
  • dissolvable aspirin

First of all fill your bottle up with vegetable oil to before the nape of the bottle neck starts. Then pour in some food colouring. Fill the rest of the bottle up with water before adding one dissolvable aspirin (Please see video above).

Sensory bottles stimulates the senses for children, especially for children with sensory processing disorder. They can also be used to calm children down as watching the lava move around slowly helps calm breathing and regulate emotions.

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Rain Cloud Experiment – Children’s Science Experiments

This is such an easy and inexpensive science experiment to do with your children. Very few ingredients are needed and the results are fascinating and great to watch.

The ingredients you need include: a clear glass, water, shaving foam, food colouring (we are using blue).

Easy and inexpensive

These simple science experiments can be done at home, in school or in nursery. Benefits include developing a child’s problem-solving skills and increasing their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

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