Developing a love of science and an inquisitive nature in children is very important, and doing so is so much easier than you might think. A few interesting science experiments that you can do at home or in the classroom, coupled with some funny science jokes and puns, and they are hooked. They will be begging to know when you can work with science again.
There are so many really fun, inexpensive science experiments that you can perform with kids of all ages to get them asking questions and thinking scientifically. Here are a few examples, followed by some science jokes and puns. Yes, some of them are really, really awful, but most kids think they are hilarious!
Slime only takes a couple of minutes to make and it can provide HOURS of entertainment. There are so many different ways that you can jazz up your slime, too, with gel food coloring and glitter. This is really like a science experiment with art! You will need:
Plain school glue (clear or white)
Contact lens solution that contains boric acid or borax
Gel food colouring
Pour one cup of glue into a clean bowl. Add one teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate into the glue and mix together. Add one tablespoon of contact lens solution into the mixture. Stir the mixture until it starts becoming stringy and pulling away from the sides of the bowl. Take your slime out of the bowl and knead with your hands. It will be stick on your hands at first, but should soon begin to stick only to itself. If that doesn’t happen, add a couple of drops of the contact lens solution. At this point, you can add your gel colouring or glitter.
This one is fun to watch and you get a snack too! You will need:
Pick 3 or 4 colours of Skittles out of the bag and place them on your white plate. Now pour a small amount of the hot water on the plate, just enough to get the bottom of the Skittles wet. Now watch what happens! The hot water will dissolve the sugar coating on the Skittles and you will see a rainbow begin to form on your plate. You can experiment with different colours and patterns for this one.
Egg in a bottle
This experiment is always a hit because it seems like it will be impossible for the egg to fit into the bottle. For this experiment you will need:
One peeled hard-boiled egg
Glass jar or bottle with an opening just a little smaller than the width of your egg
Make sure that your glass jar or bottle is clean and dry or this might not work. Place the glass jar on the baking sheet (this is not part of the experiment, just a fail-safe in case your jar cracks). Drop two lit matches into the jar and quickly set your hard-boiled egg on top. Now watch as your egg is sucked into the jar!
Ready for the jokes? Probably not – some of them are really bad, but they will crack up a younger audience!
What did the thermometer say to the graduated cylinder? “Well, at least I have degrees!”
How does the moon cut his hair? Eclipse it!
How do you organize a space party? You planet!
The jokes are corny, but your kids will likely love them. They may even be encouraged to go find some science jokes and experiments of their own!