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Having Fun at the Intersection of Science & the Arts Part II

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This post is Part II of a two-part post that brings science and the arts together into fun, easy, at-home projects you can do together with your son or daughter. You can find Part I of this post here

The experiments that can be done using easy-to-find supplies, and in many cases use things you probably already have in your home.

Thirsty Celery
Watch stalks of celery change color as you teach your child that plants need water to survive. This experiment is easy to do using basic kitchen supplies, but it does need time to work its magic. Allow anywhere from an hour to two days of periodic observation with your child to get the most out of the project.

Colorful Carnations
The Colorful Carnations experiment teaches your child about how water is absorbed through the root system of a plant all the way to the petals of the flower.
Do this experiment at home using white carnations, water, food coloring, and a knife.

Visual Trickery
Using water, glue, a pencil or straw, colored and white paper, and tempura paints, learn together about blind spots, refraction, after images, and color combinations through this Visual Trickery experiment from Scholastic.

Ghost Writing
Make your own invisible ink and then write and read invisible messages in this experiment. Talk with your child about he or she is still able to write letters or draw pictures even when he or she can’t see them while writing or drawing.

For this project, you’ll need lemon or grapefruit juice, milk, Q-tips, white paper and a light.

Icy Art
This project, which teaches the properties of water (freezing, melting, and evaporation), is fun for younger kids. The only supplies you’ll need are water, an ice cube tray, crayons, construction paper, paper towels, and newspaper.

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
Homemade sidewalk chalk requires just a few more supplies than the other experiments and projects in this post, but it’s a fun way to teach your child how colors mix together, and how liquids change to solids.

Did you try any of these experiments with your kids? Did they learn something new? Leave a comment today on the Missouri Parent Blog.

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