@Home Activities

Our @home activity curricula are designed for all grades K-6. Activities include our making oobleck or eggshell chalk (published just in time for Halloween preparation)! Below, you may find follow-along videos for students to watch, in addition to the accompanying activity sheets.

Activity Sheets and Instructional Videos

1. Eggshell Chalk
Sidewalk chalk is an exciting way for younger students to sustainably create art from food waste! This activity provides a simple and natural alternative for students to explore their creativity, while learning a little bit of chalk science!
 

Materials: 2 paper towels, 2 tsp. hot water, 2 tsp. flour, 12 eggshells, food coloring (1-2), small bowl, spoon

Activity Sheets and Instructional Videos

2. Making Oobleck
What’s oobleck?? With just two ingredients, students can create a substance that is both a solid and a liquid which actually does not have a consistent viscosity.

Materials: 2 cups cornstarch,1 cup water, bowl, tape or clips (optional: food coloring)

Activity Sheets and Instructional Videos

3. Chromatography
Chromatography may sound like a complex scientific process, but it’s simply separating a mixture into its different components. In the real world, chromatography is often used to identify unknown substances and can be used to fight crime!

Materials: 4 paper towel strips, 1 cup, water, tape or binder clips, pencil, 3 water-based markers, 1 black marker

Activity Sheets and Instructional Videos

4. Dry Erase Animation
We have all used whiteboard markers! They are an easy way to write and erase our answers or drawings in class. In this experiment, you will be able to bring your drawing to life, using water. 

Materials: glass dishware (bowl or plate), dry erase marker (Expo are best), cup of water

Activity Sheets and Instructional Videos

5. Paper Hovercraft
Even if you’ve never made a paper airplane before, you probably know that they fly when thrown from above the ground. On the other hand, paper hovercrafts move but do so in a hovering position (a little bit above the ground).

Materials: paper, rule, scissors

Activity Sheets and Instructional Videos

6. Candle Vacuum
To create the partial vacuum in this experiment, a glass is placed on top of a lit candle. At first, the air inside the glass is hot, while the outside air is cold. When a candle is lit, the wax near the wick burns and turns into a gas.

Materials: 2 clear glasses, 1 tea light candle, 1 plate/dish (to hold water and candle), water, food coloring (optional), matches/lighter, spoon

Activity Sheets and Instructional Videos

7. Fizz Inflator
A fizz inflator is made by the reaction between vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar is an acid and baking soda is a base; this reaction is called an acid-base reaction.

Materials: empty plastic water bottle, 1/2 cup vinegar, 2 tbsp baking soda, balloon, funnel or piece of paper

Activity Sheets and Instructional Videos

8. Slime
Slime is made when you add baking soda, NaHCO3, and contact solution to the glue, the sticky, liquid-like mixture becomes a thick, stretchy substance called slime.

Materials: bowl, spoon, 4 ounces of glue (Any brand (ex. Elmer’s) that contains the PVA ingredient), ½ tablespoon of baking soda,1 tablespoon contact lens solution.

 

Optional: glitter, food coloring, foam beads, etc.

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9. Homemade Lava Lamp
Lava lamps are created because of the difference in the density of water oil. Using a fizzing tablet, we show how gas is denser than both liquids and creates bubbles in the lamp. When the gas is released the water floats down and causes the dyed water to move up and down.

Materials: a clean plastic bottle, preferably with smooth sides, water, vegetable oil, fizzing tablets (such as Alka Seltzer), food coloring (any color)

 

Optional: flashlight

 

Activity Sheets and Instructional Videos

10. Walking Colors
If you’ve learned about plants in school, you’ve probably learned about capillary action. See how strong this adhesive force is through a "walking rainbow" experiment!

Materials: 6 paper towels, 7 cups, red, yellow, and blue food coloring

Activity Sheets and Instructional Videos

11. Musical Jars
When a glass jar is tapped on the side with a spoon, the molecules of the jar vibrate. This causes the air around the jar to vibrate, creating a sound wave. Have some fun experimenting with the range of sounds that jars can make!

Materials: glass jars (as many as you would like to use), metal spoon, water

 

Optional: glass beverage bottles

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