Try conducting some fun and easy indoor science experiments the next time you are stuck inside with the kids on a rainy day. You can make homemade fossils, predict whether objects will float or sink in water, and create static electricity with a balloon.
This science experiment is really cool, and if you are a coffee drinker, you probably already have the needed ingredients in your home. Kids will love creating the fossils and can even conduct a mini-archeological dig to uncover the treasures you hide together. Here is what you need: 1 ½ cups of flour, 1 cup of used coffee grinds, ½ cup salt, ¼ cup sand, 1 cup water, and artifacts like coins and small toys. What you will do is combine all ingredients and then press your artifacts into the rolled out fossil dough. You can hide the artifacts inside the dough or simply leave behind the impression of some artifacts. Then, bake the dough on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper for about 20 minutes in a 150 degree oven. Once the dough has cooled, let your kids search for the artifacts using a small hammer to chip away at the fossil.
This science experiment is mess free and is a great learning experience geared toward younger children. Simply gather a variety of objects such as a coin, paperclip, sponge, spoon, crayon, plastic toy, etc. Then you will fill a plastic container with water. Allow your child to drop each object into the water to see if it floats or sinks to the bottom of the container. Once he or she has tested out a few objects, ask your child to predict the outcome with other objects.
For some silly fun with science, blow up balloons and rub them on your child’s hair, then let your child do the same to your hair. You will witness static electricity and have some giggles too!