Summer Science Experiments for Kids

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Summer themed science experiments are a surefire way to make learning fun this summer! While you can do these experiments indoors, one of the best parts about summer science experiments is that you can move the fun, and the mess, outside instead!

Science is all around us, so if you love science like we do, you will definitely want to check out these awesome summer science experiments.

Make Your Own Bouncy Balls

  • ½ Cup Warm Water
  • 1 Tb Borax
  • 1 Tb of Cornstarch
  • 2 Tb White Liquid Glue
  • Food coloring
  How to:
  1. Mix warm water and borax in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl mix the glue, cornstarch, and food coloring.
  3. Pour the glue mixture into the borax mixture.
  4. Wait about 10 seconds, then use a fork to take the glue mix out of the water. If the glue mixture is still sticky, dip it back in the water for a few more second.
  5. Roll the mixture in your hands to make a ball. The more you handle the mixture the firmer it will become. We found that 30 minutes was the perfect amount of time before using. Have fun bouncing your bouncy balls outside!

Biggest Bubbles Ever!

  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup blue Dawn original dish detergent
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. Glycerin
  • Large bubble wand
How to:
  1. Dissolve cornstarch in the water, stirring really well.
  2. Add remaining ingredients – be careful not to create a lot of froth.
  3. Let it sit for at least an hour, stirring occasionally if the cornstarch seems to settle. (Not all cornstarch will completely dissolve – that’s okay!)
  4. Pour in a shallow dish, grab your wand, and enjoy!

Ice Chalk

  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Ice cube trays
How to:
  1. Combine equal parts cornstarch and water in a bowl.
  2. Add lots of food coloring!
  3. Pour your liquid chalk mixture into ice cube trays.
  4. Let freeze before bringing your ice chalk outside to color with and watch melt.
*Note: play clothes are a must for this activity, and be prepared for some stained hands. Nothing a little soap and water can’t fit.

Sand Slime

  • ½ Cup Elmer’s washable clear glue
  • ¼ Cup Liquid starch
  • ½ Cup of water
  • Ice cube trays
  • Sand (play or beach)
How to:
  1. Add glue and water to a bowl and mix well.
  2. Add several tablespoons of sand to the mixture.
  3. Pour liquid starch into the bowl and stir everything together.
  4. Keep stirring until the slime becomes the desired consistency.
  5. Add shells, small ocean animal toys, or a shovel and sand molds to added fun.

Sun Prints

  • Construction paper
  • Heavy flat objects / figurines / cookie cutters
  • A sunny day
How to:
  1. On a sunny day, layout pieces of construction paper on the sidewalk or blacktop.
  2. Place heavy flat objects on the paper.
  3. If it’s windy, add rocks to keep the paper from blowing away.
  4. Let the paper sit in the sun for most of the day, and come back to check on the sun prints you created!


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