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6 Ridiculously Cool Scientific Projects For Kids

6 Ridiculously Cool Scientific Projects For Kids

Super-cooled Water

Ice needs something to hold on to. We all need someone to grab onto to keep us strong, and so does ice. Without a nuclei to form around water, will stay water even below freezing temperatures with something to initiate the process if it turning to ice. If you super-cool purified water bottle by yourself you can pour them onto ice to make an instant ice cone, or a tower of ice like in this video.

Directions:

Put your water in a freezer, then let it sit in the refrigerator for a day. Make sure it hasn’t frozen yet, and be careful with them. The water could freeze on you at the slightest touch, in fact you can tap them and they will freeze instantly. If they don’t freeze well enough when you pour them give them more time in the freezer, just a little. They should be cooler than freezing temperatures. If they don’t freeze when you pour them you don’t have a nucleus for them to freeze around, stick an ice cube half in the glass and hold it, it will stay. Remember to be careful with them and pour quickly or it will freeze in the neck of the bottle.

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    Mentos and Cola

    This turns out to be another case of nucleation. Because Mentos have a porous surface and are dense they drop into the bottle fast, creating a physical reaction with the carbonation in the cola. Aspartame, which is a rather unhealthy sweetener found in high concentrations in diet sodas also facilitates this reaction. Putting dish soap in the 2 liter before you try it will give you a bigger geyser. Just get some diet Coke, and a pack of Mentos, and have fun.

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      Magnetic putty and anything metal, The mechanical Blob (That ate everything Metal)

      This is a complicated project, but one your children will enjoy. You’ll need some magnetite or iron oxide (Fe3O4), Elmer’s glue, Starch (liquid), and some bowls to mix it up in. Here are the instructions to make it, the page calls for other magnets but those aren’t necessary because the iron oxide is magnetic, but if you already have some rare earth mineral sitting around the kids can have even more silly fun with making and playing with it. Just make sure you don’t have metal ceiling fans that are hard to reach!

      1. Mix equal parts starch and Elmer’s glue and continue to add magnetite to the mix to get a good consistency.
      2. Dry it off wait for it to set, and remember to wash your kids hands off, let them mix it, that’s the fun part.
      3. Get a magnet or metal object and play with the magnetic putty all day, or for weeks, however long it take for them to get bored with it.

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        Acids and Bases, a marriage of opposites

        This is one experiment that every child should know. The basic vinegar and baking soda experiment, add a little food coloring and you have a rainbow of “exploding” gases.

        1. Get some cups and a good place to get food coloring all over.
        2. put vinegar into the cup and add food coloring to your liking.
        3. mix them up then add a spoon of baking soda in the cups to light your rainbow up.

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          This can be a fun artistic project as well; let your kid mix the food coloring to their own array of colors. You can even let them add the baking soda, this is a very small and basic chemical reaction. But if you really want that “nailed it moment” visit this page to get the proper instructions for the picture perfect rainbow.

          Building a Better mousetrap

          Your child may be bored with coloring by now, he or she has sat through too many classes where they were forced to paint or share their feelings and they might be bored with that. If they’re interested in what dad does in the garage maybe they’d like to learn how to make power with this fun scientific project. Everyone likes electricity, especially kids today. If they want to know what had to be done to power their I-Pad maybe you can Watch this video and help them make their first generator. Mechanical engineering and new energy is very lucrative, but don’t tell them they may be be learning about their future job! Kids don’t want to hear about how they might not be a ballerina/cowboy or Superman. Let’s not break it to them that Superman is literally the only Kryptonian left.

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          Directions:

          1. Cut out a cardboard square.
          2. Get a large nail, tape it with electrical tape and affix two magnets to the middle.
          3. Get your cardboard and make a cube with it. (it will obviously now have two open ends this is okay)
          4. Makes holes in the cube so that the nail can go through it, and the magnets can fit inside.
          5. Wrap a lot of copper wire around your cardboard so that you can still twirl the nail inside it.
          6. Get two wires and hook them up to the copper coil, then attach them to a small bulb and twirl the nail till it lights up. Viola!

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            Cooking is a Chemical Reaction too

            • 1 cup sugar
            • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
            • pinch of salt
            • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
            • 4-5 drops neon blue food coloring

            Directions:

            1. Place sugar, corn syrup and salt in a heavy duty pan with a thick bottom.
            2. Over low heat, slowly bring mixture to a boil, stirring often.
            3. Let it boil until it reaches 300 degrees or hard crack stage.
            4. Remove from heat and add peppermint extract and food coloring.  Stir.
            5. Poor in a parchment lined pan.
            6. Let cool completely.
            7. Use your hands or a knife to crack the candy into smaller pieces, or crush them up and put them in a bag
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              Ashley Phipps

              After a hard day of learning about science, why not have them help you make a treat? The science is basic mix ingredients and add heat. The blue peppermint rock candy was inspired by frozen, and any child will love that Elsa has made them special candy with her magical powers. If have you have much older children who enjoy the Breaking Bad series, an alternative to the frozen theme could be a simple hint that a man named Heisenberg stopped by to give them some “samples.” If you know any chemistry teachers you could also drop off a bag of this to them at work.

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                A full list of activities for your child can be found here. There are 35 fun Scientific Projects that you and your family can enjoy with simple ingredients and make right at home.

                Featured photo credit: smartschoolhouse.com via buzzfeed.com

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                Last Updated on May 21, 2020

                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                1. The Paleo Diet

                The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                2. Whole30

                The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                During the month you are eliminating:

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                • sugar
                • alcohol
                • legumes
                • grains
                • dairy
                • soy

                Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                3. The Mediterranean Diet

                The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                • Fruits & vegetables
                • Whole grains
                • Legumes & nuts
                • Replacing butter with olive oil
                • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                • Moderate amounts of red wine

                Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                4. The Alkaline Diet

                The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                The Big Takeaway:

                Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

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