10 Genius Science Experiments That Families Can Safely Create Right At Home
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10 Genius Science Experiments That Families Can Safely Create Right At Home

Teaching your kids about science can feel like a Sisyphean feat. Sure, you can let Google do the grunt work, but then you still need to boil down the complex topics you read about into lessons a five-year-old kid can grasp. Maybe you should just leave science to the professionals, eh?

The good news is that your white lab coat doesn’t have to sit in the closet collecting dust. There are a lot of fun, simple, and hands-on science projects families can do together to learn and understand some of the basic principals of the natural world. And they’re not just for kids: even moms and dads will get a kick out of these 10 family-friendly science experiments!

1. Magic rotor: How do you even begin to help your kids—or yourself—understand the power of magnets? Try making a magic rotor! This experiment requires only a AA battery, a magnet, and some copper wire.

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After placing the magnet on the battery’s negative side, bend the copper wire to look like the one below. When you place it on the magnet, you’ll have a made a homopolar motor, or a self-sustaining engine, which utilizes opposing magnetic fields!

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2. Walking water: Water works in mysterious ways, and this little dude showed it with family-friendly experiment. He lined up eight plastic cups and filled every other one with some water and a few drops of food coloring. Then?

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He folded four paper towels into strips and placed the end of one strip into a water-filled cup and the other end into an empty cup. Thanks to absorption—and the flow of time—the water traveled from one cup to the next!

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3. Fireworks in a glass: With water, two tablespoons of vegetable oil, and food coloring, you can learn a little bit about the weight of different liquids—and make some pretty “fireworks,” too. First? Mix a few drops of food coloring into the oil.

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