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Do you have a child who has a science project due in school, or maybe you just want to have a little fun? I have listed five easy and fun experiments that will wow you and your child. Make sure an adult supervises at all times to avoid potential accidents.

1. Volcano eruption

For this project you will need:
Baking Soda, vinegar, empty toilet paper roll, plastic cup that fits the circumference of the toilet paper roll, salt dough, and a large bowl to catch the “lava” (optional item paint).

Use the empty toilet paper roll as the center of the volcano and wrap the salt dough around it. Shape dough like a volcano and let the dough dry for two hours. If you want to add paint to the dough let it dry overnight. Put the volcano in a large bowl, place the plastic cup in the top of the volcano, add a teaspoon of baking soda, and then drizzle vinegar into the cup and see what happens.

2. Will it float?

For this project you will need:
A basin of water, various objects which can get wet and not be damaged, and towels.

Place a large bowl of water on your table. Gather the objects to experiment with and place them on the towel. Write down what you think will float and what you think will sink in the water. Test each object and write what happens.

3. Static electricity

For this project you will need:
Socks, fluffy carpet, and a willing co-experimenter.

This experiment works best in cool, dry weather. Put socks on your feet and have the other experimenter stand on the carpet approximately five feet away. Shuffle socked feet across the carpet and touch the hand of the helper. What happened?

4. Egg in a bottle

For this project you will need:
A hard-boiled egg, a glass bottle with a mouth slightly smaller than the egg, a match, an eraser, a flat surface for the jar to rest on.

Without damaging the hard-boiled egg have the experimenter try to put the egg in the glass bottle. Wedge the match into the eraser so it will stand up at the bottom of the jar. Light the match and carefully place it in the bottom of the jar, and then put the egg on the mouth of the jar. What happens?

5. Will it mold?

For this project you will need:
Various foods, a plate with partitions, a refrigerator.

Put a few teaspoons of different foods in separate spaces on the plate. Put the plate in the refrigerator and make a guess which food you think will grow mold and what food you think will not grow mold. Check the plate after three days and see what occurred.

Children love to learn especially if it is disguised by fun. Did any of the outcomes surprise you? What experiment will you try again?

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