One of my favorite science museums in the world is the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
They have been very generous and posted what they call snacks that feature simpler ways of creating many of the displays you’ll find at their fabulous museum.
I would like to share a few with you that focus on the topic of light.
Try out a few activities that feature sound.
Singing Glasses – make a stemmed glass “sing”
Screaming Cup – Use a piece of string to make a cup “scream”.
Water Whistle – Use a glass of water and a cut straw to make a “whistle”.
Short videos make it easy to see the science in each activity.
Here’s the fifth in a series of fun, at home resources
I want to share from SteveSpanglerScience.com.
He’s posting fifty experiments for fifty days starting yesterday 3/23/20. Check them out!
I picked activities that worked for a variety
of ages and with simple materials you might find at home.
I suggest many extensions to challenge
kids as they do science (and make the activity
take a bit longer).
Use sleeves from take out coffee OR scraps of paper to make an optical illusion.
Stare at an image and when you look away you’ll see something very different.
Create an illusion of a pumpkin and then use an image you choose to create a new illusion.
Use wet gloves to bounce bubbles!
Create bubbles inside bubbles!
If you have the supplies you might create bubble cubes or bubbles snakes.
Lots of bubble ideas!!
Try a few activities with water.
You’ll need a wrapped straw, a few toothpicks, and a penny.
It helps if you have an eyedropper, too!
What to do with kiddos who are
suddenly at home for a week or two?
Check out these GREAT activities from
an amazing site that lets you read
about and then watch simple activities.*
Pour a can of clear or lightly colored soft drink into a transparent container. Drop in a few pieces of raw pasta.
Initially the pasta sinks to the bottom of the container because each piece is denser than the liquid.
Bubbles of gas attach to the pasta and it slowly rises to the surface.
Your students are pretty interested at this point in just what’s going on!
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I just posted a new product Resources for Teaching about Buoyancy. Here’s the link that I included in the product. Check out the condiment diver, it just needs a pop bottle with water and a packet of ketchup. Families love the activity. Floating and sinking paperclips on a sheet of foil* can be a great way to start the year with a simple science activity. You might use this as a team building activity, practice for following directions, or that always fun open house with families as we start our school year. You just needs foil, paperclips, and dishpans of water. …