Particle physics experiments

Science experiments at home for your children — RISMedia

Science should not just be reserved for the classroom. Incredible scientific feats are happening around us all day, every day! Bring the lab to your kitchen and show your kids that learning can be fun with these simple science experiments to do at home.

Baking soda balloon
Change up the classic trick of baking soda and vinegar. Use the power of the chemical reaction to inflate a balloon. Fill the bottom quarter of a plastic water bottle with vinegar. Put baking soda in a deflated balloon. Attach the balloon to the top of the water bottle. Once it’s secure, tilt the balloon so the baking soda pours into the bottle. The chemical reaction will produce carbon dioxide which will fill the balloon.

Teach your kids about the states of matter with this fun craft. Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid, which means it behaves both like a liquid and like a solid depending on the pressure you apply to it. When you squeeze this goofy stuff, it forms a ball. But, as soon as you open your hands, he’ll be back to slimy, gooey pleasure! Mix cornstarch, water and food coloring in a large bowl and let your children explore how the substances behave differently.

Balloon Car
Building a balloon car is great physics exercise. This activity is a bit more advanced, so it might be more suitable for older children. Turn a plastic water bottle into a balloon-powered car. Use water bottle lids, toothpicks and straws to create an axle and wheels. Attach this contraption to the bottom of your car. Make a hole in the side of your water bottle. Thread a plastic straw through the top and out of the hold. Securely tie a balloon to the straw with a rubber band. Blow into the straw to inflate the balloon. Once the balloon is filled with air, pinch the straw to hold it inside. Put the car on the ground, release the straw and watch your car take off!