I know that summer has just started but in case you are bored or curious ... Check this out!
The cool thing about science is that it can be found all around you. Summer is the perfect time to go outside and do some investigating. A quick Google search for "cool outdoor science experiments" brings up several webpages with lots of different ideas. Let's take a look at a couple of these pages and 10 of my favorite summer science suggestions.
The first page that I enjoyed visiting was called Andrea's Notebook. When I looked around I found ideas for crafts to tips for cleaning to recipes to try. But I was most excited about one entry called "25 Outdoor Science Experiments for Kids." These look super neat and some of them even look a little messy. What a great reason to go outside and try some science! Two of the activities reminded me of science fair projects and would be really fun to try at home. Click on the picture to go to her site to find out how to make rock candy ... Ella did this a few years back and it was interesting. Or click on the picture to go to her site to find out how to color flowers ... Carson did this experiment this year and I found it very cool how you can change the color of a flower.
Another site that I looked at for ideas for outdoor experiments was from Scholastic. It was called "6 Favorite Outdoor Science Activities." My favorite ones from this page were the DIY Soda Explosion ... this is like Kinlee's science fair project and is something that I have always wanted to do. I also really, really want to get someone to try the experiment where you stand on a carton of eggs. I have my doubts on whether this will work or not. But any scientist knows you sometimes have to take risks and try things out. Just ask an adult before you go stand on a carton of their eggs!
Now is your chance! Do a little research online and find an experiment that you can try. The coolest thing about science is that you can also design your own experiment. If you see something in nature that you are curious about, then be a scientist and ask a question. Make some observations, design an experiment and then collect some data. See if you can come up with an answer to your question. Of course there are some important science safety rules that I want you to follow:
I would love to hear from any of you scientists about what you did and how it turned out. If you really find yourself getting into being an outdoor scientist this summer, I encourage you to start a science journal to record your experiments. Make sketches, collect data, and keep track of your observations in your journal. There is no limiting your scientific creativity!
If you need a place to start, here are my top ten outdoor science activities. Some of them I've tried and some of them I am going to try this summer. Directions for any of these can be found by searching them on the internet. Happy exploring!
Science is for everyone