For most kids, summer means time off of school to have as much fun as possible, be slightly lazy, and eat tons of frozen treats; and while all of those are usually totally okay with all the moms of the world, there’s nothing wrong with sneaking a few learning opportunities in there as well. Especially if those opportunities are fun, colorful science experiments. Fizz, explosions, and drips, these summer science experiments offer the right amount of learning to satisfy any mom and the perfect amount of fun to keep the little ones entertained.
1. Lemon Volcano
Don’t mistake these lemon volcanos for one of your bath bombs, these fizzy little things don’t mix well with water. To complete, fresh lemons are hallowed and filled with food coloring, dish soap, and baking soda, then pushed to react (explode) with some leftover lemon juice.
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2. Crystal Geode Eggs
This experiment involves quite a few materials and is relatively complex but it is a fantastic way to teach your kids about geodes, create some really cool crystals, and spend a summer afternoon. Real jumbo egg shells are turned into colorful crystal geodes with alum powder and glitter glue (along with some other tools), making them perfect for showcasing around the house after the experiment is over.
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3. Shaving Cream Rain Clouds
As long as you don’t mind wasting tons of food coloring, this easy science experiment is both incredibly fun and educational. Let your kids steadily drip food coloring over a clear cup or container of shaving cream topped water to let them make their own gorgeously dripping rain clouds and learn about the precipitation process.
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4. Erupting Rainbow
What child doesn’t love rainbows or explosions? Mixing them together in this awesome experiment might just blow their cute little minds. The science behind this experiment involves the classic combination of baking soda and vinegar but the addition of food coloring and the ability to make controlled eruptions one at a time make it a total blast for both kids and adults.
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5. Ocean In A Bottle
If your family can’t make it to the beach this summer, allow your kids to get a little taste of the ocean in a different way. This experiment mixes oil, water, and food coloring together to create a beautiful oceanic effect inside of a simple bottle. Allow the kids to control the tides of the ocean with this creative experiment.
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6. Homemade Bouncy Ball
Teach your little ones how to make their own toys with this amazing bouncy ball experiment. Requiring only 5 ingredients (most of which are also used to make typical household slime) and 5 steps, this project is easy enough for kids of all ages to explore with a little bit of supervision. Just let their imaginations, and their toys, run a little wild!
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