I must have lived a very sheltered childhood because there are so many things that I never did as a child. Having a child of my own, I have been introduced to so many things that I missed out on when I was young. It is as if I am reliving my own childhood vicariously through her. My husband on the other hand has the inside scoop on all sorts of fun stuff that I never heard of, mostly in the form of science experiments. He introduced me to baking soda volcanoes last year & then the other day when I came home from grocery shopping he was working with Mai on another one.
I walked in the door to see my husband & daughter playing with a Cartesian Diver. I am sure many of you have heard of this, but this is one I missed as a child. I must have dozed off during science class that day. It was such a simple concept and I was as fascinated by it as my daughter was.
All you need is a clean soda bottle, water, & a ketchup packet (or in our case a duck sauce packet) Do a float test first on the packet to make sure that it floats.
Fold the packet in half the long way to insert it into the bottle.
Fill the bottle all the way to the top with water & put the cap back on.
Squeeze the sides of the bottle. The little ones will need two hands. Squeeze the bottle & watch the packet sink.
Let go of the bottle & let it float back up.
Mai had so much fun that it inspired a few more experiments.
Salt & Ice Experiment
All you need for this experiment is some ice, salt & food coloring.
On a baking tray, lay out some ice. You can choose to use a large sheet or cubes.
Sprinkle salt on the cubes. The salt will cause the ice to beginning melting where sprinkled.
Squirt different colored food coloring onto the ice & watch as it seeps into the ice and follows the melted tracks. It makes a lovely effect.
We also had some fun experimenting with oil & water this week. For more on our oil & water experiments please check out our latest article in SEEK MAGAZINE.
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You seriously always share the best and most kid friendly and fun stuff here. All I can say is thank you and got to try at least one of these soon here with my girls ;$
Thank you Janine and you are welcome. These are mostly courtesy of my hubby. Thanks hubs.
Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing!
You are welcome. My daughter was still playing with the diver this morning. She was very excited to show her Nana this morning.
Such fun stuff. Your daughter will grow up to be not just creative but experimental too.. Loved this post (yet again!)
Thank you so much. She loves mixing ingredients. She is mama’s best helper in the kitchen.
Thank you Mindy for linking up with us. 🙂
Cool ideas. I love activities that are simple! We will definitely be trying these soon!
Thank you. They are very simple and are great activities for the little one.
This is awesome! I love easy science projects!
Thank you! 🙂
The ice cube with the food coloring looks so pretty! We melt ice blocks alot and my kids love ‘rescuing’ whatever they have hidden inside but we’ve never tried the food coloring and salt. I must have fallen asleep in science class too because until your post I’ve never seen the ketchup packet and water thing before!!
Oh good! So it is not just me. Lol!
I’ve never seen the salt & ice experiment before. It looks like fun, and it’s so pretty too!