DEAR PARENTS! HERE ARE SOME GREAT AND EASY ACTIVITIES THAT YOU CAN DO AT HOME. THE CHILDREN WILL LOVE THEM AND MANY OF THE MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE AT HOME OR IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THEM, THEY ARE EASY TO FIND. THE CHILDREN WILL LOVE THEM!
LET’S START WITH SCIENCE!!!
SCIENCE AT HOME
WHAT YOU WILL NEED: milk, food colouring, liquid dish detergent, chopstick or skewer and a shallow dish.
STEP 1: Pour some milk into the bowl, doesn’t need to be right to the top, but close. Choose at least three colours of food colouring. Add 3-4 drops of each colour at different places around the milk. Stick the chopstick in the middle and see what happens? Nothing should happen. Now let’s create a reaction.
STEP 2: Put a small amount of detergent at the end of the stick. Then put the chopstick back into the middle of the dish and see what happens! The colours start to move around the stick.
STEP 3: Now move the stick around the milk and watch what happens with the colours. The detergent is having a chemical reaction with the protein and fats in the milk and mixes everything together. Watch the colourful patterns that you make with the stick. You can also do this experiment without a stick. Simply add a drop of milk into the centre of the shallow dish of milk and food colouring and watch what happens. You can also add drops of detergent into the middle of the food colouring drops and watch the colours swirl. What a work of scientific art!
WHAT YOU NEED: White carnations, water, 3 clear plastic bottles, food colouring, celery, a funnel, plastic knives, and 3 plastic cups.
STEP 1: Use a funnel to fill the 3 plastic bottles about 2/3rds full with water. Add a different colour of food colouring to each bottle. An adult can cut the bottom off of each stem of your carnations. Put them in the bottles and watch what happens.
STEP 2: In a couple hours the flowers of the carnation will start to become the same colour as the water that they are sitting in. This is because the coloured water travels up the stems of the flowers to help them grow. As the water travels into the flower the white carnations begins to change colour!
STEP 3: This experiment can also be done with celery. Follow the above steps, remembering to cut off a portion of the celery stalk before placing in coloured water. Leave them overnight in the water and in the morning they will have taken on the colour of the water, just as the carnations did!
WHAT WILL YOU NEED: Blue, yellow and red food colouring, 6 clear plastic cups, water, white paper and a flashlight.
STEP 1: Pour some water in each of the cups, about 2/3 to 3/4 full. Add each of the three colours into a cup, you should have three cups with water that does not have any food colouring. These three colours are the primary colours. Next you need to place the coloured cups of water in a triangle formation. Put the other 3 cups of uncoloured water in the spaces between them.
STEP 2: Now you can make the rest of the colours of the rainbow in the cups of uncoloured water. For purple, mix red and blue food colouring. For green, mix blue and yellow and for orange, mix red and yellow food colouring. Now, put all the glasses in a line to make an indoor rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple).
STEP 3: Now you can make a real rainbow using the three primary colours (red, yellow and blue) and a flashlight. Place the 3 glasses with the primary colours on a piece of white paper in a triangle shape and shine the flashlight through the glasses, these three colour make many different colours, including the colours of the rainbow!