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As the holiday season hovers all around us, we have a fun color mixing activity that will also use some of the bubble wrap that abounds this time of year. Grab a few cups, some colored water and a sheet of bubble wrap to keep them entertained while color mixing and creating a stained glass window decoration. It’s a kitchen science rainbow!
1. Have an adult cut or pop small holes in the side of each bubble. The holes should all be in the same place on every bubble. This will deflate the bubble, but if you do it carefully, the bubble will keep some of its shape.
2. Tape the piece of bubble wrap with the holes pointing up to a window. Place a few paper towels under the bubble wrap in the window
This is a kid-friendly activity that’s perfect for Halloween or anytime you want to make a big mess in the name of science. The best thing about this kitchen science activity? It uses supplies found in your house.
Recently at a Girl Scout overnight, the girls worked on earning a badge while playing a game about the Water Cycle. It’s hands-on, interactive and a great way to teach about water molecules and their journeys.
The water cycle is usually portrayed in a circular diagram – water from the clouds precipitates or rains down on the land, the water runs into rivers and the ocean and evaporates back into cloud form. This is a simple explanation of how water travels. Water actually moves through several places or compartments water visits through its journey. The water molecules also may spend a long time or a very short time in a compartment.
For example, water is frozen into glaciers for hundreds of years, or travels in underground for a long time. For example, the Antarctic Bottom Water, the deep ocean water formed in the Antarctic, takes over 250 years to travel along the bottom of the Pacific Ocean before it resurfaces in the Aleutian Islands.
Animals and plants also move water. It is consumed, extracted and leaves during respiration, perspiration, excretion or evaporation.
All those juice boxes, pouches and bottles hold a little science inside – give them a squeeze, force the air out and shoot the straw at your sister. The only problem is the larger hole around the straw allows the air to leak out and the straw doesn’t travel far.
So grab a few straws, some modeling clay and an empty Kool-Aid juice bottle to make a launcher that will shoot that straw across the room while demonstrating Newton’s Third Law of Motion.