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Summer Science Part 3

Uploaded: Aug 26, 2019
Last week we finished our last science project of the summer. A Pringles ring! I’m excited to make a new list of projects to try over our next school break. Here were some of our favorites:

1. Hexbug mazes. While searching for Lego activities, I came across Hexbug mazes. This was our first time playing with Hexbugs and it was a lot of fun to build mazes for the bugs to wiggle through.

2. Gum drops and toothpicks sculptures. Growing up I remember connecting toothpicks with marshmallows. Gumdrops worked a lot better. Our kids enjoyed making structures that were sturdy enough to hold a book or taller than a ruler.

3. Water Rainbow. My mom gifted us this science book. I don’t have a lot of mason jars, but we could easily conduct many experiments using glasses. I’ve seen this experiment many times before, but this is the first time we actually tried it ourselves. We predicted how long it would take the water to start dripping in the empty glasses and how long it would take for the experiment to be completed.

4. Mentos and diet coke. Last summer we conducted this experiment in grandma's backyard. It was a hit! It was a lot of fun to do the experiment again this year now that our youngest is a bit older.

5.
Yardstick, marbles and clothespins
. When I saw this marble run online, I couldn’t wait to try it. What a clever idea! Grandma had a lot of clothespins at her house so we tried this experiment with a yardstick to make an extra long marble run.

6. Pringles ring: I was expecting this activity to be much more challenging than it was. Our kids were too young to make a full ring on their own, but they enjoyed trying and watching me build a complete one. If you haven't made one yet, it's a great family challenge.


7. Ivory soap in microwave. Our kids enjoyed watching a bar of Ivory soap expand in the microwave with their friends. The experiment is very simple and short, but it's still a lot of fun. Great for a rainy day or a playdate activity.
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