Five Cool Scientific Experiments You Can Do at Home

You don’t have to be in science class to perform cool experiments. There are easy-to-complete experiments that can be done right in the comfort of your own kitchen. If you have kids, or even if you don’t, try one of these awesome experiments to learn something new.

Egg in a Bottle

For this experiment, you need one hard-boiled egg, an empty, glass fruit-juice bottle, a three-inch by three-inch piece of newspaper, and a match. Remove the shell from the egg, fold the piece of newspaper into a strip, and ignite the paper. Drop the paper into the bottle, and set the egg on the mouth of the bottle before the flame goes out. If all goes right, the egg will be sucked straight into the bottle.

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Crazy Colors

To complete this experiment, you’ll need disposable cups, three different bottles of food coloring, milk, white glue, and blue Dawn detergent. Pour room temperature milk into a cup, filling it halfway. Add one drop of food coloring at the top of the cup, and one drop at each side of the cup, on top of the milk. Place a drop of Dawn in the center of the milk. Watch the colors move and collide. You can complete the experiment with glue instead of milk to see the differences.

 

Fingerprints

This is a great experiment for kids who don’t understand or believe that no two fingerprints are the same. Scratch on a piece of paper with a pencil until you have a big black mark. Have your child rub his index finger in the mark. Place a piece of tape, sticky side down, over your child’s finger, and place the tape on a piece of paper. Let your child look at his fingerprint under one of the cheap microscopes that you can find online. Take different fingerprints, challenging your child to find two that are identical.

Floating Raisins

Fill a clear glass with club soda. Drop in half of a raisin. Wait 30 seconds to see what the raisin does. You and your kids will be amazed as the raisin floats to the top. The reason that the raisin floats is that the bubbles attach to the raisin, giving it more buoyancy. Experiment with different objects to see if you get the same result.

 

Making Butter

Challenge your kids to make their very own butter. Put heavy cream into a mason jar, screw on the lid, and have your child shake it. Ask your little ones to predict how long they will have to shake the jar to make butter. The answer, in case you are wondering, is about 10 minutes.

Never think that you have to be sitting in a classroom to learn. You and your kids will have a great time performing these easy science experiments at home. With a few household items, you can have hours of fun.

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