Science Crafts

Written by Shirley Parker
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Science crafts for kids often start with raising tadpoles till they become frogs. One thing you learn is that if you feed them earthworms at too young an age, they will become very tiny frogs instead of reaching their full growth. Another science craft is watching eggs hatch into beautiful but fearsome-looking caterpillars and then into large moths, like the privet hawk moth that has a wingspan of up to 12 cm.

Ant farms are familiar to children of many generations. Many a mother has lived in fear that the ant farms would get knocked over or broken and hundreds of ants would run wild inside the house. As if any of us need more ant invasions. But now there are antquariums, where the ants live and create their many tunnels in an edible gel. It is what NASA used to study the ants in space in 2000.

The National Geographic has a lot of ideas for kids. Science crafts range from crazy crystals to water clocks to indoor rainbows. Kids can layer liquids of different colors, bounce raisins, or turn celery red. If that's not their style, they can make scented bath salts or build a model of an Egyptian tomb.

Find a Good Science Book

A number of books containing science crafts will keep kids interested for a long time. Once kids get past the early stages or the simple experiments, they'll want a book that involves them more deeply. These don't have to be smelly or dangerous experiments from chemistry sets in the basement. However, you'll want to keep mold gardens away from pets and, probably, other humans. A good project to start with and monitor is a rain gauge. If it's a soda bottle rain gauge, only an adult should wield the knife to cut off the top of the soda bottle in order to invert it before taping over where the edges meet.


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