Fun Experiments to do at home during lockdown

Fun Experiments to do at home during lockdown

As millions across the globe are going through self-isolation to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a sudden surge in free time is leaving many people thinking of things to do during the lockdown. And for those who stuck at home with kids – these four weeks can be a little daunting with trying to find things to keep your children entertained. So here we’ve put together some fun experiments to keep the fun going. This will help you out to find out the little scientist inside yourself and keep your child engaged.

1. Make your own Rock candy

Materials Required:

3.5 cups sugar, Food coloring (optional), 2 cups water, Spoon, A tall and narrow glass, Clothespin, A wooden skewer, A stove and metal pot or tea kettle to heat your water

 Step by step Instruction:-

  1. Start by preparing your skewer. Run it underwater and gently roll it in sugar. Let the skewer dry. 
  2. Now you’ll prepare your sugar solution. Bring your two cups of water to boil in a pot on the stove. Once the water is boiling, turn the heat down and add one cup of sugar. Stir with your spoon until the sugar is dissolved. Add the next cup of sugar after the first cup has dissolved. Continue like this until no more sugar will dissolve in the water. This may take some time, so be patient. 
  3. Pour the solution into your glass. Add several drops of food coloring if you want your rock candy to have color.
  4. Attach the clothespin to your skewer and gently lower it into your sugar solution. The clothespin should span the top of the glass to hold the skewer.
  5. Rock candy setup – Let your project rest for the next three to seven days. When you return, you should have a beautiful rock candy skewer.

2. Make a Leaf skeleton

Reagents and Equipment :-

Stove; pot; 0.5 L water; leaves; 3 tbsp. baking soda; tooth­brush; cutting board.

Step-by-step Instructions :-

Heat 0.5 L water in a pot and dissolve 3 tbsp. Baking soda in it. Immerse a leaf in the so­lu­tion. Cook for 2.5 hours on medium heat. Gently transfer the leaf to a cut­ting board. Use a toothbrush to carefully clean the pulp from the leaf. Press the resulting skeletal structure. In 24 hours, your skeleton leaf will be ready!

3. Make a Lava lamp

Material Required:-

A clean 1-liter clear soda bottle; 3/4 cup of water; Vegetable Oil; Fizzing tablets (such as Alka Seltzer) or aspirin or baking soda; Food coloring 

Step by Step Instructions:-

  1. Pour the water into the bottle.
  2. Use a measuring cup or funnel to slowly pour the vegetable oil into the bottle until it’s almost full. You may have to wait a few minutes for the oil and water to separate.
  3. Add 10 drops of food coloring to the bottle (we like red, but any color will look great.) The drops will pass through the oil and then mix with the water below.
  4. Break a seltzer/ aspirin tablet in half and drop the half tablet into the bottle. Watch it sink to the bottom and let the blobby greatness begin!
  5. To keep the effect going, just add another tablet piece. For a true lava lamp effect, shine a flashlight through the bottom of the bottle.

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