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Ten Super Summer Science Activities

Hoping to avoid the summer slide? Science activities, projects and experiments are perfect for keeping kids' brains engaged during the school break.

Check out these cool summer science activities for students of all ages:

  1. Sticky Ice: Turn a piece of ice into a sticky, glue-like substance. This experiment can be done outdoors and only takes a few ingredients: water, an ice cube, a piece of string and salt. Kids will learn about salt's effect on water and cool off in the process!
  2. Exploding Lunch Bag: This experiment will wow children as they see the result of a chemical reaction between vinegar and baking soda.  
  3. Lemony Eruptions: With simple household ingredients, students can conduct this fun, hands-on experiment with ease. Combine learning, sensory and fine-motor skills and have fun touching the colorful super foam. 
  4. Tie Dye: Tie dye is always a crowd favorite and afterwards, kids can incorporate the results into their wardrobe!
  5. Make Lightning: With a pencil, aluminum tray, wool cloth, styrofoam plate and thumb tack, kids learn how static electricity and a metal component can create a spark!
  6. Grow and Shrink Marshmallows: Use a kitchen vacuum packer and watch the favorite s'mores ingredient grow and shrink before your eyes. 
  7. Anemometer: Teach about how meteorologists measure wind speed by creating your own anemometer. Just wait for a windy day and keep track of how much the cups spin. 
  8. Rocks and Minerals Scratch Test: Teach and study the cycle of rocks with this easy scratch test. Read up on rocks and minerals and then get to work! All you need is a collection of rocks, black and white construction paper and a magnifying glass. 
  9. Rainbow Bubble Snakes: With an empty water bottle, duct tape, an old sock, dish soap and food coloring, students can make a colorful stream of bubbles--or bubble snake--form like magic.
  10. Foam Dough: Kids love crafting objects from play dough. With just shaving cream and corn starch, they can create their own moldable dough. Add food coloring for more fun!

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor
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