Science at Home! Don't be afraid! Do science at home! Without knowing it, you do science at home every day- many times a day as a matter of fact! When you say, "Does this need more salt?" or "Is it too cold to wear this?", "Is this enough gas to get to town?", you are doing science. Simply questioning, then finding out the answer is science! See how easy that was? Below are simple experiments/activities to do at home to get you started! Have fun! Acid or Base? Make an acid/base indicator by simply boiling some red cabbage(smells gross!).Cool and keep only the water it will be a purplish color. Now the fun begins! An empty egg carton works well for this as does small Dixie cups. Use about a tablespoon of indicator(the purple water) and a tablespoon of vinegar. See how the color changes? Vinegar is an acid- keep this to compare. Now use another tablespoon of indicator and add a tablespoon of ammonia. See how the color changes? Ammonia is a base. Keep this one to compare. Now you are ready! Using a new tablespoon of indicator each time try this with juice, shampoo, shaving cream, milk, pop, dish soap, laundry detergent,- anything you can make liquid! Keep a chart if you wish. Have fun! Tin Foil boats-Fill the bathtub or a sink/pan with water. Using tinfoil design a boat that will hold the most amount of weight- pennies work well. Use the same size of tinfoil each time so you have a fair comparison! Now build a boat that will go faster when you blow on it! Build one that will go forward as well as backwards just as well! Salt water vs Fresh water- Mix a batch of salt water. Place the same amount of salt water and fresh water in the freezer. Check periodically to see which one freezes faster. M&M's-Yes, you should eat some too! 1- Put vinegar in a cereal type bowl(enough to cover the m&m's). Predict what will happen to the m&m's when added to the vinegar. Place different colors of m&m's along the side of the bowl( about 4 total) about the same distance apart. Watch and see! 2- Predict what will happen to the "m" on an m&m when left soaking in plain water. Try it and see! 3- Will the color of an m&m come off faster in vinegar or fresh water? Try it! 4. Which color comes off faster?(Don't forget to use the same liquid for this experiment. Below are photos taken during science.
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