One of the best ways to create a fun learning environment is to set up science experiments for elementary students. Most of us feel a twinge of joy when we remember how exciting it was to drop eggs off a building and onto some bystander's head to test the law of gravity. Nothing could top the day we socked that annoying kid on the playground in the mouth, took his teeth and dropped it in a basin filled with cola to see how fast it would decay. Want to pass this sort of fun onto a new generation of children? Follow along this guide on some basic science experiments:
To start any science experiment you need:
- open space for the experiment
- step-by-step instructions
- adult supervision
- a creative mind
- Rusting pennies: This experiment aims to answer the age-old question: does soda pop or orange juice make pennies rust faster? All you need is two clean pennies, one bottle each of orange juice and soda pop and two glasses. Simply place a penny at the bottom of each glass. Fill one halfway with orange juice and the other halfway with soda pop. Put the glasses in a safe place and check after one week to see the rusty results. What you find is sure to make purified bottle water your only drink of choice.
- Frozen candles: Can a frozen candle burn as fast as one stored at room temperature? If you touch the flame to your hand, it will burn no matter where you put it. This is an easy experiment to put in action. Simply place one candle in a freezer overnight and another candle in a drawer or cupboard. The next morning, retrieve both candles and place them on a stable surface. Light the candles and watch them burn. For extra fun, gather up the used wax and form some homemade waxed lips, so your young pupils can practice kissing that cute girl or boy on the playground.
- Homemade volcano: Every good science experiment should have an explosion. A homemade volcano fills that quota. Start with an empty pop bottle and use it as your base. Build a clay mountain around it, with only the opening in the bottle remaining uncovered. Use a funnel to pour in warm water tinged with orange food coloring. Add few drops of dish soap and a couple of tablespoons of baking soda. Top it off with vinegar and watch the lava flow.
- Balloon rocket: Building these rockets are a blast. Simply take a cotton string and thread it through a straw. Anchor the thread like a clothes line and make it taut. Then blow up a balloon and hold the untied end closed. Tape the straw horizontally to the balloon. Release the ballon and watch it fly from one end of the string to the other. It's one small step for an elementary student, one giant leap for the elementary student body.
- Decaying teeth: No doubt this experiment was dreamed up as a dental school training exercise. Simply take several small tubs, place a tooth in each one and fill each tub with a different brand of soda pop. Place the tubs where they will not be disturbed and check regularly for decay. The answer can also explain why you paid to fill so many cavities on your last dental visit.
There are dozens more of experiments similar to the ones listed here. Each is designed to make learning science fun and allow students to wreak a little controlled havoc at school instead of at home.