Science is one of the best ways your child can explore the world and build their problem solving skills. They are also great activities for rainy days when you are stuck inside and can’t make it out to the park. Here are three fun science activities you can try with your kids with everyday items you probably around have around the house!

Layered Juice

Science concept: Density 

What you need:

  • A tall clear glass
  • Three kids of real fruit juice with different sugar contents (Example: White grape, orange, pomegranate.)

What to do:

Before you begin, guess which juice will sink to the bottom and which will sit on top. Look at the ingredients and sugar content of the juices. Start the experiment by pouring one juice into the glass. Then use the eye dropper to test out the other two juices by dropping drops with an eye dropper. Watch to see if the juice floats or sinks. Once you know which juice is the most dense and which is the least dense, then create your layered juice drink by putting the most dense juice in first, then gently pouring some of the next densest juice and then pour the least dense on top. Enjoy!

Blow up a Balloon with Yeast

Science concept: Microorganisms

What you need:

  •  2 tablespoons (or one packet) of yeast
  • small plastic soda bottle
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Some warm water
  • A small balloon

What to do:

Fill the bottle up with about one inch of warm water. Add the yeast and swirl it around the in the water. Notice how nothing happens year. Then add the sugar and and swirl it around some more. Blow up the balloon a few times to stretch it and then place it around the neck of the bottle. Let the bottle sit in a warm place for about 20 minutes. The balloon should inflate. Yeast is a microorganism that is resting until it is fed sugar and warm water. Then it comes to life and starts eating the sugar. This produces a gas called carbon dioxide that inflates the balloon.

Magnets in a Bottle

Science concept: Magnets

What you need:

  • An empty two litre pop bottle
  • Pipe cleaners cut into half inch pieces
  • A magnet

What to do:

Put a couple handfuls of the pipe cleaner pieces into the bottle and screw the top on. Use the magnet around the outside of the bottle to show how the pipe cleaners are drawn to the magnet. Talk about magnets and how they work.

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