Wednesday 22 April 2020

Blogging From A to Z Challenge: S is for Simple Science

Happy Earth Day! I don't know about where you are, but yesterday was a beautiful day in my part of the province—which meant we were able to go for a family walk (staying six feet away from others, of course), and Dad even brought our bikes out from the shed so he can pump up the tires. Spring Ius here!

But school is still in session—even if we are doing lessons online. To help, I'm taking part in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge—my sixth year in a row! My theme this year is 26 Super Fun Learning Activities You Can Do From Home. That's right, I'm conjuring up 26 "educational" ideas to keep you busy while you're safe at home. But don't get too hung up on the word "educational"—so far, they've all been fun activities. Don't believe me? Check out the links to my past posts below.

I kicked off the challenge with Art for the letter A. Next up was B was for Baking. My sister and I did some chemistry for the letter "C," and I rounded off the first week with a family dance off. "E" was for exercise (which was way more fun than you think) and "F" was all about family. We got our hands dirty with some gardening,  celebrated Poetry Month and the letter "H" by writing haikus. And of course, "I" was for Invention. Week two ended with juggling. We started week three of the challenge with knitting. On Tuesday we talked about learning a new language, and on Wednesday we did some fun math. Honest! For "N" I linked to some nature activities and on Friday, we talked about Origami. To cap off the week, I shared my grandma's famous "play dough" recipe—and some ways you can create with it.

But wait, there's more! This week started with quicksand, and yesterday, we talked about reading. Did you know that all of the Superman Duffy educational graphic novels are curriculum linked? Cool, right?

Okay, ready for "S?"

S is for Simple Science 

I know, we've done a lot of science in the past few weeks. But there's something fascinating about it—especially chemistry (which we of course covered in my "C" post.")

I don't think you can ever have too much science—so today, I found some simple science experiments that have big results. Like, check out this Tornado in a Bottle.

All you need is two plastic bottles, a tube to connect the bottles, and some water. For an even better effect, try adding glitter, food colouring, or lamp oil. Here are the full directions.

Next up, slime. I've made plenty of slime over the years—even some at Halloween that was orange and oozed out of a mason jar. So cool. There are a number of ways to make it, and this link includes seven of them. A few I haven't even heard of!

I'd recommend trying this next one with a parent—in fact, I insist. It looks fun, but it's definitely an outside activity. Check out this Pasta Rocket!

And how about this homemade lava lamp? This experiment also uses some basic ingredients, including canola oil. You can find the easy directions here.

Last up, my favourite experiment — Rainbow Instant Ice. This video explains exactly how to make it. You won't believe how pretty it is!

How's that for some fun science to kick off your day? I know which activity I plan to start with. How about you?

Gotta jet! Have a great day celebrating Earth Day (for some fun Earth Day crafts, check out Superman Duffy's Twitter account!) and I'll see you back here tomorrow for the perfect "T" activity. You won't want to miss it!

~ Chase Superman Duffy

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