Posted on April 2, 2010 by JumpStart
Last July, we posted some of our favorite experiments involving eggs for our readers to enjoy. Based on the responses, we gather that these were some of the most popular experiments we’ve ever posted (except, of course, for the ultimate winner, alien sludge!). Since those who celebrate Easter may have extra eggs on hand this weekend, we wanted to make sure you remember to give these experiments a try. Without further ado, here, again, are some EGG-celent EGG-periments that are sure to get your kids EGG-cited!
#1 Egg in a Bottle
What you need:
- 1 glass bottle with a wide mouth (Snapple or other juice bottles work well)
- 1 sheet of newspaper
- 1 hard-boiled egg
- Peel the egg.
- Have your child cut a few small strips of newspaper and place them into the bottom of the bottle.
- Drop a lit match into the bottle. (An adult should do this step!)
- When the paper catches on fire, set the egg onto the opening of the bottle.
- Wait and closely EGGS-amine the egg.
- The egg should be pulled into the bottle anytime now…POP!
Check out 3 more awesome EGG-speriments by clicking here!
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Posted on March 16, 2010 by JumpStart
Rumor has it that leprechauns just love hiding among leaves. Why, you ask? Well, not only do leaves provide cover from the rain and gold-hunting eyes, but they are usually a leprechaun’s favorite color…green!
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we wanted to find out what gives a leaf its signature green appearance. The answer is complex, but most of it stems from its pigments, the tiny materials that give off color in paint, fur, and even our skin. In this experiment, we will bring out the green pigments that give a leaf its color and see what other colors a leaf can hide!
Click here to see the materials needed and the directions to conduct this exploration!
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Posted on December 17, 2009 by JumpStart
Get on your sweater and start up that fire, because it is getting chilly as winter sweeps over us. To turn that nippy temperature into something fun the kids can learn from by making a simple homemade thermometer!
- 1 pint jar with cap
- 1 straw, preferably clear
- Some clay or play dough
- Rubbing alcohol
- Food Coloring
- 1 marker
See the instructions for this scientific creation by clicking here.
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Posted on December 4, 2009 by JumpStart
Does OJ complete your breakfast too? Orange juice really has some neat properties besides being refreshing. It’s available, it’s sweet, and it’s packed with Vitamin C. But, have you tried OJ frozen before? This experiment will give you and your child the chance to give it a taste, and to compare and contrast straight ice against frozen orange juice. You’ll be able to see the differences between frozen liquids with and without dissolved sugars in them. Also, your child will likely be thrilled to sample frozen orange juice!
- Two Styrofoam or plastic cups
- Orange Juice
Read on to set up this scientific comparison.
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Posted on December 3, 2009 by JumpStart
The snow is falling, the wind is blowing, and there is a cool, crisp feeling in the air. Winter is definitely upon us. Time to bring out the big winter coats! Human beings are able to bundle up with marshmallow jackets, knit hats, and water proof boots, but have you ever thought about how outdoor animals stay warm in the snow without the fluffy parka and gloves?
This ‘hands on’ experiment will help your child understand the very special insulation polar bears and penguins use to keep warm during the coldest season. Now, prepare to get a little messy and test your tolerance for less-than-tepid temperatures!
Read on about this chilling experiment!
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Posted on November 12, 2009 by JumpStart
It’s certainly Thanksgiving when the family is cooking, the game is on, and the kids are scrambling around. Why not reel in the children and have them help you make dinner with this entertaining science experiment!
Make Your Own Butter
All you need is:
- ½ pint of heavy cream
- 1 clean pint jar or other similarly-sized container with a tight cover or lid, preferably plastic
- 1 clean marble
- Take your jar and place the marble inside
- Pour the cream into the jar and screw the cover on tightly.
Three Materials and You're in Business
Click here to complete this delectable experiment!
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Posted on November 9, 2009 by JumpStart
Now that FutureLand has been introduced into the JumpStart world, celebrate with your child by taking on this fun science experiment displaying the physical integrity of eggs. Trust us; it’s out of this world!
What You’ll Need:
- Four eggs
- Transparent tape
- Telephone books or other gargantuan books
- Sharpies or markers
Eggs really carry the weight at JumpStart.
Find out how to take your eggs into the next century!
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