Make Mushroom Monkeys : Spore Science Craft

Monkey Craft – Make Monkeys with Mushroom Spore Print

It’s fun making puppets and that too monkeys look so cute in the puppet and make it with the mushroom spore print (mushroom). Using this science craft idea children can now make craft while learning biology

Mushroom monkeys! Cute science craft for kids, where kids can learn about mushroom biology and spore prints

I am sure you must not have forgotten our  DIY Mushroom spore prints activity with field mushrooms? I am excited to do this with mushrooms again and this time with tiny button mushrooms. Also, we will be using the spore print and present the cutest craft with the monkey.

Suitable For
My gut feeling says this would aptly suit kids of age 5 and above. That does not meet a 4-year-old will not have fun. But the 5+ girls can make a better craft than the little ones. You can try with preschool kids as well.  

Steps for Making Mushroom Spore Monkeys

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 Things required

    • Knife, chopping board and mushrooms (button type)
    • Paper – either a construction paper or even other paper that is strong
    • This is optional but you can use them for additional fun – pipettes
    • Box – for covering the mushroom overnight
    • clear-drying glue
    • craft sticks
    • Optional – googly eyes and white dot stickers 
    • Markers and scissors  

Mushroom spore prints
monkey craft, from a mushroom spore print. Fun science biology for kids
Instructions to do the craft

  1. Let the gills get exposed by slicing the lower part of the mushroom
  2. Keep the mushroom such that the cap side faces inside the paper and the gills inside
  3. Place a water droplet on every single mushroom cap.
  4. Keep them closed and leave it without disturbing one full night.
  5. In the morning take the mushroom and you will witness the spore print
  6. Use hairspray and you can set the print as it is. Smudging also can be done
  7. Use scissors to cut all the print. Draw the face of the monkey or make use of googly eyes to give a dashing look.
  8. Paste this on a popsicle stick.
  9. Hurray! you can now play with these puppets.

Mushroom spore print monkeys - science craft for kids
Let me be honest – we used black paint over some places just to make the puppet look better. You can also try using different paints in combination with the spore prints.  We even tried other faces such as Lion, Donald duck, etc. Its fun to see – how kids can be so creative and start creating their own puppets with their favorite animals and cartoon characters. 

Mushroom spore print monkey puppets! Fun science craft for kids!

Science facts about Mushroom

Mushroom belongs to plant family called fungi.

Fungi plants reproduction happen through the tiny spores getting released and that will germinate or sprout to become a new fungus.

These spores look very tiny and a microscope is required to be used. Every matured mushroom will contain several 1000s of spore and grows on a single gill.

Each mushroom has an individual colored spore ranging from black, brown, or white.

Check this link to know more about spore print activity.

Make mushroom monkeys from mushroom spore prints! Fun science craft for kids
 Mushroom monkeys! Fun science craft idea where kids can learn about mushroom biology and spore prints

Please Note ...

Make sure you guide kids and do not let them alone. Your monitoring and guidance are required. Teach them the concept along with the activity. Do not let them do things unattended to avoid any hazards.

Mushrooms are good to make a spore print, but there are some which can be poisonous too. Check the mushroom before you use them. These puppets will be used by kids repeatedly and hence ensure safety.

Mushroom monkeys! Cute science craft kids can make & learn about mushroom biology and spore prints

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Upcycled Catapult – STEM go green DIY Challenge

You can now make an upcycled catapult easily. With the right projectile ready you can now teach Fun physics for kids.

Easy DIY Upcycled Catapult - science play for kids

We are going to be part of the 4 weeks STEM challenge. It is running for 28 days with hands-n science activities. Every week they will announce a new theme and under the Go Green theme, we are going to make a DIY. GO green is nothing but an eco-friendly experiment with some science concepts involved in it. Your kids can have fun and you can feel glad to teach them science. We will be using upcycled items which are available at home. Also, it is part of 10 minutes activity and you need not spend much time.

Suitable For

It is an experiment with logic and fun so you can try with all age group kids. How will different age group find it useful is listed below.

Toddlers – Can have fun with the activity but make sure you are using a soft projectile

Preschoolers – These kids can try changing different projectiles and understand which one goes high and far.

Kindergarteners  – They will do the catapult on their own and can try with different items to find the best make. Try using projectiles of different size and shape to understand the science behind the experiment. Also, will try to move the fulcrum or use a long beam and find the effects. You can fix targets to hit and score them to announce the winner.

Things required to make the DIY catapult

    • Cardboard tube which is strong (preferably an empty toilet tissue roll)
    • Hair elastic
    • Projectile
    • safety glass (optional)
    • Wooden spoon

Making a DIY catapult using recycled materials

Check the tube that is available at home. The one I used is the toilet tissue roll which will be thrown after use. If not use a rolling pin and that will do the job.

Loop the elastic on the cardboard tube two times. In the place where the elastic gets crossed insert a wooden spoon and fix it. So at the end of the spoon you can keep the projectile.

With this basic catapult model you can start your experiment and choose the projectile. For toddlers use a crushed paper and that will be soft. Also, can be played indoor without any fear of damage. Indeed it is one of the best rainy day activity.

Where did it go Experimenting with projectiles
Indoor science fun with DIY catapult and projectiles

Try this activity outdoor when playing with preschool kid. Try with pinecones or seed pods as the projectile.

With these projectiles, you need not worry about any damage caused to the neighbor’s house.

Also, we suggest you to use the safety glass and protect kids eyes. You can check this to know about safety glass.

Upcycled eco-friendly catapult - science fun for kids

I have tried this several times as my kids love to do this at home and outside. It’s really a fun activity. You can also try this and have fun.

DIY Upcycled lever catapult - fun science activity for stem goes green

Fun Science

This is a lever and the science behind this is similar to a simple machine. It consists of a beam, the spoon handle is the beam. It is fixed to the fulcrum (cardboard tube) at one point with the help of the elastic. Imagine a seesaw that works on the same principle.

The lever will affect the effort required to raise something. Vary the distance between the fulcrum, force, and the load (projectile) to test the height traveled by the projectile.

This experiment is listed under 4 weeks of STEM challenge. Take a look and you can find many activities for kids.

Easy DIY Upcycled Catapult - fun science activity you can do at home, indoors or outside. Great STEM activity for kids

How to make Curds and Whey

Here is the cool science activity that is kids-friendly. This time I am going to demonstrate how to make whey and curds using different juices.

Lets Make Whey Curd edible science experiment for kids
We have been curious to know about whey and curds. You can now learn to make the same with this recipe. Being an edible science experiment , It increases fun for your kids. 

Hope you are excited and wondered since it is a simple cool science experiment as well as a great introduction to kids learn ‘milk chemistry’ i.e. how milk turns into various products like cheese, curd, butter, whey, and butter milk etc. when treated with different methods.

My younger daughter Tisha is 3.5 years and she wanted to make curd. So I decided to try this DIY curd recipe at home.

 

Who is it for

3-4-year-old kids can make this experiment with little guidance and they will like this because of that rhymes. In fact, I took help from my kid Tisha while doing this. 

5-6-year-old kids will do it little more independently. 

7-9-year-old kids can experiment with the working principle by substituting with milk types including raw milk, skim milk, goat milk, etc. Also, they can use different edible acid like lemon juice in the place of vinegar. Even they can try changing the length and draining time to observe the results. They can additionally take these observations and prepare ricotta-filled cannelloni.

How to make whey and curd using juices

The generic name for whey and curd is called curdled milk. The solid portion separated from curdled milk is called curd and the watery portion is called the whey. The process of curdling of milk can be done in different methods and based on that you will get a different quality of cheese. Our method of getting curd is called ricotta cheese. We can make ricotta cheese by combining milk and vinegar. You can recall recipe used for making paneer and queso-blanco for making this recipe.

Coagulation is a process (of changing liquids into solid or semi-solid states) what actually happens in the milk. In fact, without coagulation you cannot expect milk turn into curd, cheese or any other dairy products that are mandatory in our daily usage or kitchen. Yes, this is absolutely proven science regarding milk.

Apart from this, we can make milk curdle without spoiling it. Try this simple science activity to find out how!?

Procedure

We are going to make milk curdle using four different liquids like vinegar, pineapple juice, lemon juice and mosambi juice.

Things Required

Things We Need for making whey

    • Milk
    • Glass jar
    • Glass Bowl (Take four clean and clear glass bowls as we are going to make milk curdle using four different liquids)
    • Spoon
    • Pineapple juice
    • Vinegar
    • Lemon juice
    • Mosambi juice

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Preparation

  • Take the milk in a saucepan. Place it on the stove top and stir while it is getting heated. Let the flame be low and allow it to reach a temperature of 80oC (175oF). You can check this with the thermometer. 
  • Take freshly prepared juices to get the better results. Make sure the milk is hot and fresh.
  • Label four of the small glass bowls like “pineapple juice”, “lemon juice”, “vinegar”, and “mosambi juice”.
  • Take fresh pineapple, lemon, and mosambi and grate them into smaller pieces. Make juice out of it using any blender or juicer.

What to do

Have you ever ended up with something closer to cottage cheese while making pineapple smoothie!? Definitely the answer would be ‘yes’!! You might be blaming pineapple for spoiling your smoothie. Do not know whether you know the right reason to blame pineapple. But you are right, pineapple is the solely reason for turning milk into curd and whey.

pour milk into the bowl

1) Take a required quantity of hot milk in the glass bowl labelled ‘pineapple juice’. Ask your little ones to add a few drops of freshly prepared pineapple juice into the hot milk.

Making whey with pineapple juice

2) My girls were amazed seeing the wonderful end result of the activity. Soon after you add few drops of pineapple juice to the hot milk, the milk will turn into curd separating the whey clearly.

How to make whey using vinegar

3) In the same way, repeat the above two steps with lemon juice, vinegar and mosambi juice in the labelled glass bowls we already kept ready.

Making whey using mosambi juice

4) Anybody irrespective of ages will be fascinated seeing the final product of the activity. Yes, all our four different liquids make milk curdle very clearly separating whey.

Separating curds and whey

Separating ricotta cheese curds from whey

Making Curds and Whey Kitchen Science for Kids

Science of making whey and curd using juices and milk

Milk is a slightly acidic complex compound made up of fat and proteins together with casein. The pH of milk ranges between 6.4-6.8. When the milk’s pH drops (it might be due to any reasons like souring naturally or by adding extra acid), the negatively charged casein starts attracting another molecule and begin to form clumps. Eventually, the clumps become large which are considered as curd. Since all the juices we used in the activity are acidic making the milk more acidic (when added to it) and further turns to curd and whey.

What to explore

  • Ask your kids to change the quantities of milk and juices and try the activity.
  • You can try with different kinds of vinegar
  • Also try with different kinds of milk like skimmed milk, whole milk, soya milk etc.
  • Make a record and compare the results.

Clean up

Also tell kids some clean up activity after the work is done. You can ask them to keep the work area clean by cleaning the used bowls and pouring all the waste solutions in the sink. This way kids also learn keeping things clean and neat.

Tisha’s role in this experiment was to help to get the ingredients, measuring milk and pouring. However, I did not let stir because it was hot.

Curds and Whey Kitchen Science for Kids

In case your kids are older, then you may ask them to mix. But be with them and help them.

I checked the temperature and switched off the stove.

She was proud that she helped in adding vinegar too.

I was so glad that making cheese is a damn easy process. Not more than 30 minutes we spent to get this done. By only using things available at home we made this cheese. Also, it is the best activity to be performed indoor during the rainy day.

Also, you can make it in small quantities and these are fresh every time. Do away with the store bought cheese from now on. There is no need to store it anymore as you need 30 minutes time to prepare this for your meal. When there are more milk packets, then convert them into cheese and have a treat. Are you thinking of what to do with the whey? Try these suggestions and stay healthy. 

Why curds and whey get separated

Milk contains minerals, fats, proteins, sugar, and water. The proteins present in milk include whey and casein proteins. These are all combined together forming a colloid. The colloid will not settle down together and hence gets separated in this process when adding vinegar.

Molecules in protein repel each other at a normal pH level. When the pH drops, the immediate casein proteins attract with each other and form a clump to become curd. This process is called curdling and the water left out is called whey.

You can drop the pH level in milk by adding buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, etc. We have tried it with variety of juices. In a nutshell, adding acid will curdle the milk. Heating is required to speed up the process.

How do you separate whey from curd?

Take a cheese cloth muslin cloth as a strainer. Place it over a bowl and pour off the mixture of whey and curds. It takes few minutes for the whey to drain. Squeeze the curd that is strained in the muslin cloth until all the whey separates out from the curd. 

Does curd contain whey?

Whey is the leftover liquid after the milk is curdled ans strained. So, curd doesn’t contain whey anymore.

What exactly are curds and whey?

Curd and whey are the by products formed during cheese making. Curds are formed when the milk coagulates with rennet (an enzyme). Whey is nothing but the liquid that is expelled while curdling process. 

How do you separate milk from curd?

Take a pot with required amount of milk and add an enzyme derived from new born ruminant. the enzyme helps milk to separate curd by coagulating process during curdling.

How do you separate whey from milk?

Pour off the curd into the strainer (a cotton muslin cloth can be used) and let it drain for sometime. the liquid whey drain out into the bowl after several hours at room temperature. 

 Is cheese made from curds or whey?

Yes, cheese makers cook curd and whey at desired temperature to achieve the perfect consistency of the curd which is then processed into cheese.  

What part of milk is whey?

Whey is the liquid part of milk after curdling process.

What is the difference between curd and whey?

Curd is the solid mass of milk during curdling process whereas whey is the liquid portion.

What exactly is whey?

Actually, milk is made of two proteins i.e. whey and casein. Whey gets separated from casein in the milk during cheese making and as a by product of milk curdling process. 

What can you do with whey?

Yes, whey is very much useful and handy ingredient in our kitchen. Below are some uses of whey:
1) Use it as a starter culture when fermenting vegetables.
2)Add it to smoothies and shakes to provide more vitamins, minerals, and proteins.
3)Drink it straight!
4)Reconstitute fruit juice to add nutritional value
5)Use whey to soak grains, Nourishing Traditions style
6)Make tasty whey lemonade

 

If you’d like to read about recipe variations, I liked this post from The Food Lab where he tries out a bunch of different methods to make ricotta and documents the results.  And in case you’re confused about where the recipe actually is at the end of the post (like I was), here it is here.

Try this recipe posted in Food lab to make some variations in the recipe. See here to know where exactly the post is.

Get more edible science projects for kids that includes the following

  • Try sherbet recipewith your kid to feel the fizzy reaction on the tongue.
  • For making a delicious recipe with fun and observe the frothy reaction, try Anzac biscuits
  • Check out the edible glassrecipe in which you can make glass from sugar and eat them too.
  • My favorite one is the Honeycomb Feel free to add or not chocolate on its top.

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Making Whey And Curd using Juices
How to make curds and whey edible science for kids

How To Make Balance Scales for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Lets make balancing scale

Toddlers and preschoolers always love to weigh every item. They play “Which one is heavier?” game and we can now help them make a balance scale at home. Side by side you can also teach them about gravity.

Lets make balancing scale

My elder daughter is 7 years old now and she started learning about measurement and weights in Maths. So I had to make a homemade balance scale. Firstly, I thought it would be very difficult to make a balance scale but once I started working on it I realized that it is much easier than I thought.

Our balance scale is a simple balance, a rod with a pan at each end that is suspended in the middle. This is a perfect activity for introducing the kids to the concepts of weight and measurement. So let us add little balance to our day-to day life.

Suitable For
Children who are 5 years and older are perfect to do this experiment. However, both toddlers and preschoolers can also try this. Tisha had real fun and she is 3.5 years old when we did the simpler version of this experiment (scroll down to the second part)!

What Your Child Will Learn or Practice

  • How to compare and contrast objects
  • Estimation skills
  • Measurement skills
  • Force of gravity

Materials required

What We Need

  • Two identical paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencils to mark
  • Thread
  • A long and big straw
  • Jump clips
  • Paper clips
  • A long stick (should be of same length like straw)

Building a Balancing Scale

Balance scales are often used to find weight. Balance scales work like a seesaw. They have two main parts: the beam and the fulcrum.

1) Making Baskets for the scale: To make a homemade balance scale at home, we require two identical paper plates. Punch three holes to each plate using a hole punch. Make sure to make the holes close to the rim of the paper plates and in a triangular shape. If you don’t have paper plates, you can make use of plastic or paper cups to serve the purpose.

2) Making the strings: Take six pieces of woollen thread that are each around two feet long and cut. You can use any kind of strings which perfectly balances the balance scale. Thick and strong strings make the balance scale more durable. After you cut the strings, please check whether all the strings are of same length or not. If not adjust them by cutting using scissors.
Making Balance Scale plate

3) Attaching the strings to the plates: Insert the three strings to one of the paper plate separately in to the three holes made. Repeat the same to the other paper plate as well. Then bring the free ends of the strings together to the centre point and give a knot. Insert a paper pin around the knot as if to hold the paper plate perfectly. You can follow our pictures to get an idea on how to insert and tie up the strings.

4) Making a beam: Beam holds the objects to be weighed in the weighing baskets. In order to make beam, measure the length of the long straw and cut according to our required length. It depends on how big we are going to make the balance scale.

5) Attach the weighing baskets to the beam: Now beam is ready in your hands. Insert two jump clips one each at the free end of the straw as shown in the figure. These jump clips help to hold the weighing baskets freely on both sides of the beam. Now the model looks like a see-saw. J Take a piece of woollen string and tie it to the beam exactly in the middle. This helps to hold the beam to the fulcrum.

My younger kid Tisha started shouting and clapping seeing the see saw like model thinking that I am going to make one of her play area rides. J Sometimes kids are too innocent to understand the things that are happening around. No matter what she understands but younger kids enjoy watching this activity.

6) Making fulcrum: Fulcrum is also one of the major parts of a simple balance. It helps to hold the beam up and move. Take the wooden stick and a pencil and tie up both together. Now bring the stick and pencil perpendicular to each other. See the figures for reference. Now attach beam and the fulcrum with the help of the small woollen string (in the middle of the beam). But where!? The answer is you can attach to one free end of the pencil. Almost we are nearing to end the activity.

7) Wrapping up: Now that your balance scale is almost ready. I made a thick and hard base using hard thermocol sheet. Tisha was excited to paint thermocol and she used black color to paint. We made a hole exactly in the centre of the thermocol base so that we can insert our simple balance scale in the hole.

Now we are ready with the homemade balance scale to measure and weigh the objects. It is easy to weigh any objects using balance scale. Place the objects that you wish to weigh on one side of the weighing balance machine. Add standard weights to the other pan. Check the weight of the objects being placed according to the standard weights.

Here is our little homemade balance scale. My elder daughter proudly displayed it to all her friends in our society and explained how the balance scale works to measure weights. My kids enjoyed weighing the small objects like paper pins, dice etc…Every day they are using balance scale measuring whatever the objects they find in the home. 🙂 As a parent I am very happy to see kids learning some simple craft science experiments even at home. I highly recommend you to try out this simple experiment along with your kids and do amaze everyone around you with your discoveries and research. 

Building a Simple Balance Scale Using Coat Hanger

I wanted to make a simpler version of the balance scale to teach my younger one. Here is another version of balance scale that you can try at home. 

Which one is heavier fun science for toddlers

This 10 minutes craft is fun and can be made by kids very easily. Tisha my 2.11-year-old little one enjoyed making this and went crazy at the end of the day. It was so exciting and she was looking for objects at home to weigh them. Did not spare any single toy from weighing.

She compared weights of the following things.

  • Tangerine
  • Christmas baubles
  • Costume jewels
  • Lego Duplo animals
  • Mandarins
  • Decorative pebbles

Collecting items to weigh

She will collect things in the bucket and run to the balance scale and weight them. We composed a song in a rhythm and shouted “Which is heavier?” while comparing the buckets and she will point to the bucket that is heavier correctly. I will ask her how. Then she will explain to me that the bucket with more weight will go down when compared to the other.

 

I was happy for my Tisha as for her age she understood gravity very clearly.

Which one is heavier weight game for toddlers

Things required to make DIY Balance Scales 

  • paper cups – 2
  • children’s clothes hanger and notches
  • kitchen twine
  • scissors
  • single hole punch

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How to make a DIY balance scale using coat hanger

  1. Take one coat hanger and hang it in a place where it can swing. But make sure it is not tied at a height. Let it be accessible to kids. I did it on my pantry door.
  2. Using a hole punch create holes in the paper cup to tie twines of equal length and make it look like a bucket.

Let it be lengthier so that kids can handle them easily. Also, they can remove and hang them on their own.

Kids can add items to the scale all by themselves

3. Instruct kids to fill the bucket with things.

Let them feel free to do it and anything can be filled. As long as it is solid in nature to avoid any mess. Let the kids guess which will be heavier before they see the results.

 4. Now by adding the buckets with the hanger, your kids can witness the heaviest bucket by noticing that heavier one moves down.

Toddler science comparing the weight of Duplo animals vs Christmas decorations

If they have guessed it correctly, then ask them how? Also, teach them about gravity. Allow them to change things and understand better about weight and balancing.

Slowly they will get a hold. Show them about balancing with equal weights in both buckets as well.

Do not keep on tracking them but let them explore and ask them to make a note of their observation. But let them guess every time to make sure they understand the weights correctly.

Tisha was explaining her dad with so much excitement and demonstrated everything to her.

This kept them busy in their “Which one is heavier?” game for couple of hours 🙂

Fun Science Fact
Gravity is nothing but a force which pulls things downwards. The earth core in the center attracts things towards itself and heavier things move lower than the others. Therefore gravity pulls the object downwards.
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Magnet Maze Game Designing Activity – Learn Science and Art

Four Magnet Maze Designs

From this article, you can learn to make a magnet maze game and teach physics as well as art (STEAM) activities for kids.

Design a magnet maze

My kids love to play with magnets and hence I decided to teach them the magnetic force with an experiment.

Suitable For

Both preschoolers and kindergarteners can try this experiment. Tisha was 3 years and 6 months old when we did this experiment.

Please Note ...

This activity includes magnet and steel ball. Therefore you need to be vigilant in not letting children put them in the mouth. It causes a choking hazard. If you are sure that your kids will not put in their mouth, then let them do this activity. Anyways use a big size magnet to avoid any accidents. Even by mistake if kids swallow the magnet then it will get attracted with the particles present in the gut and lead to serious problems.

Steps involved in making the magnet maze game

Things required

  • Long Magnet
  • White Paper
  • Markers, pencils, and crayons
  • Steel balls small in size

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Steps to follow

  1. Draw the maze with a clear path on a paper. You can also choose online maze and print them. Allow kids to color them and decorate.
  2. Place the magnet below the paper and steel ball on top.
  3. When the magnet is moved it will pull the steel ball on the top and make it move as well.

We tried with multiple combinations of mazes. Each time, I tried to increase the complexity by adding different routes and then let the kids find out the right way out. The kids loved them 🙂

Playing with the DIY magnet maze game 

Initially, kids will find it tricky to understand how the steel ball rolls by moving the magnet. But once they get a hold on it, then they will start playing maze crazily. I have experienced this personally with my Tisha who is 3.5 years old.

She also tried with different colors and designs to add more fun. She played with crayons and colors having loads of fun.

Design your own magnet maze game

You can see her moving the magnet to see the ball rolling above.

DIY Magnet Maze game

After school, my elder one Pritika 6 years old played with the maze. But she tried to analyze the design and then figured out a traditional maze design.  I helped her with some images from online to inspire her to get some ideas.

DIY magnet maze

Extension Idea: Older kids of age 7+ can think innovatively to make new designs and decorate them. This is one of the best STEM pillar subjects. Also, this can be a good STEAM activity.

Several IT programs like Picmonkey can be used to design maze online.

Fun Science Facts

The invisible force gravity will pull objects downwards to earth. The movement metal ball is due to gravity. Yes, this force will pull the ball to the floor.

Magnetic force is another force applied in this game and that is invisible too. This force is created by the magnet and it attracts the steel ball towards it.

This is the basic concept used in this activity. Both are physics concepts and kids can quickly get a grip of it. They may not understand in depth but at least will know that there is a force named gravity that will pull the object towards the ground. Likewise, there is a force called a magnetic force which will attract metal objects towards it.

Four Magnet Maze Designs

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DIY Fridge Door Marble Run Using Magnets

This is a fun STEM (STEAM) activity of making a marble run with magnets for kids. This is best suited for refrigerator doors any steel surface (you can also try with magnetic white/black boards.)


Magnetic marble run for your fridge door fun science project for kids

Suitable For

This can be done by all age group kids namely, preschoolerskindergarteners, and school-aged kids. My kids Pritika and Tisha were 6 and 4 years old at the time we tried this activity.

I would like to share this with you all and you can also have fun with your kids. Follow these steps and let your kids make one for your fridge door as well.

 

Kids can make it on their own and it is very easy too. 

Steps to follow for making the marble run for the fridge door

Things required

  • Cardboard rolls – We used toilet rolls and paper towel rolls. You can also include foil rolls or cling film rolls. Multiple sizes of rolls can be used.
  • Tiny balls like pom or marbles

  • Scissors

  • Magnets

  • Glue

  • Decorative Tape 

Fridge door marble run

In case you don’t have rolls as I mentioned before, then you can make it from cardboard but let them be decorated with tapes to look great on the refrigerator door.

Using glue gun we managed to stick magnets on the side of the rolls. However, usual craft glue (PVA) can do this job perfectly. But leave it overnight and allow it to dry completely.

Choose magnets that are strong only then steel balls or marbles can be placed in the rolls. It can withstand the weight. However, pom poms are not very bulky and you can choose light magnets in that case.

Decorate toilet paper rolls with washi tape stick on magnets to create a magnetic marble run for the fridge door

My kids both elder and younger decorated the cardboard rolls. Off course I helped them with the final finishing.

Testing out the marble run

Also, we made them look in different shapes by cutting the corners into small sections, etc. You can skip this if kids are trying and don’t allow them to handle scissors alone.

Creating magnetic marble run pieces

Now after completing, place them on the fridge. Kids will love to play with them.

Magnetic marble run for your fridge door fun science for kids

Make a magnetic marble run

Make a colourful DIY magnetic marble run

DIY magnetic marble run

Points worth considering

  • How many can be added in one go (zigzags)?
  • Using a stopwatch can we time the running marble? Is it possible to make it slow or quick by modifying the track?
  • Try to run marble with heavy balls, light balls, rough, and smooth balls. Test if the design can handle all types of balls or should the design be modified? What is the relation between the ball type and speed?

Fun Science Fact

Factors influencing the marble run design are as follows.

  1. Gravity – It is the force which will pull the object in the downward direction (in the direction of the earth’s center). Thus marble travels down.
  2. Energy– The speed of the travel will decide the energy consumption. Faster it travels better energy it will possess. The object collides and exchange energy between them thus changing the motion.
  3. Force– Heavy object will have more force and rapidly moving object will have more force too. At the same time, heavy balls require a slower track to handle the force and preventing from falling out of the track.
  4. Friction – The resistance happening when two things rub against each other is called friction. The ball texture affects friction.

Make a DIY magnetic marble run for the fridge

In this activity, you can teach them science as well as introduce STEM activities in a playful manner. Also, include art in the STEM activity to make it STEAM activity.

  • Science–Marble runs make a physics activity with concepts like force, gravity, friction, and energy
  • Technology– Using a stopwatch to set time is the technical aspect.
  • Engineering– Designing and testing with different marbles, weights, texture, and size teach engineering activities.
  • Math– You can estimate, measure and compare time and teach math for kids. Ask kids to make a table by estimating, measuring and comparing the distance traveled by the marble. You could record results in a table.

+ Art – Tube decoration with paints and tapes is the best part of art activity in this experiment.

Make a DIY magnetic marble run for your fridge door

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Delightfully Fizzy Sherbet

In our edible science sections, today let us look at the easiest way to make sherbet not the ordinary version but a fizzy version.

Kids can have colorful sherbet with joy!

Delightfully Fizzy Sherbet - fun science activity for kids

We will always watch out for science exhibitions and will pack our bags to visit them with family. We always wanted to make our kids learn science in a fun way. With the same enthusiasm sometime back we attended a science exhibition and really had fun and learned so many concepts.

 

This is where I got some ideas of making sherbet fizzy version at home. It is because we could not stay for long as we had a long way to drive back home.

We know that this experiment was missed on that day. So what, I am doing it at home. This is the way I did and I want to share it with you all. My kids felt really glad we did this at home.

How to make fizzy sherbet - edible science that kids can make (and eat). Kids love this! From Go Science Girls

Suitable For

Edible science fun activities help kids to understand chemistry in an easy way. These reactions are great to see in real-time. My elder one was 5 years, 4 months and the younger one was less than 3 years old.

I tried this with them and both had fun in a different way. Elder one learned many concepts as well. So do not worry about the age and you can try with kids at any age. They will learn things based on their knowledge. 

I got inspired from the recipe posted in CSIRO site and used that with some modifications to make my sherbet fizzy version. Actually, this site is a good one which has many DIY activities for kids to learn science.

What can you expect from this sherbet? Fizzing sound, great flavor, sweet taste, and really fun. I have posted this in my collection of activities that can be done in less than ten minutes, because it does take not more than 5 minutes to prepare this sherbet.🙂

Fun Science Fact

How does it make a fizzing sound? It is because of the reaction that happens chemically between the acid and the base. Which is the acid here? Yes, citric acid. What about the base? It is the baking soda. Both these react with the water present in the saliva and make a sound as well as bubbles in the tongue. The bubbles are nothing but CO2 – carbon dioxide.

What will you require to make this sherbet fizzy version at home

( As usual, we used things available at home or got it from my nearby store. However, posted the online links for your reference.)

Homemade sherbet ingredients

  • 1 tsp baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1 tsp citric acid
  • 3 Tbsp icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flavoured jelly crystals
  • bowls & measuring spoons

Check out for citric acid and baking soda at your local store where you buy things to make sponge cakes. Don’t worry about the name of baking soda as it is called bread, cooking soda or bicarb soda. Citric acid is a usual preservative which is added to food for giving a sour taste can be added without any worry.

 

The powdered version of sugar is called icing sugar which you can prepare by just grinding the sugar crystals in your mixer. I always do this as it is cost-effective. There is no difference from this one and the one available in the shops but for the cost. I prefer a cheaper and healthier version always.

Blend regular white sugar into superfine icing sugar

Steps to make this sherbet 

1. Measuring the ingredients

Involve your kids and ask them to measure all the ingredients as mentioned in the above section. Monitor and guide them based on their age to do this work. Talk to them and explain about measuring and thee taste of different items. Also, ask them to guess the taste when all are mixed.

Measure, pour and stir - kids making sherbet in the kitchen
2. Mixing and tasting!

Let them get all the ingredients on the table and ask them to do the mixing work. This work they truly love and my two kids used to fight for doing this. Allow them to lick every time when they mix one item and tell the taste. For instant sugar will taste sweet, citric acid will be sour. The crystals with different flavor and color will make them look great and taste differently. When all this mixed with baking soda kept on the tongue will produce the fizzy sound and feels great.

Edible Sherbet: Science that kids can measure mix pour and taste - Go Science Girls

We tried with the following flavors with different colors. Yes, jelly crystals are the owner of this coloring section.

 

  1. Yellow – pineapple
  2. Pink – raspberry
  3. Orange – Orange
  4. Blueberry

Kid-made sherbet fun kitchen science

This sherbet, when made for the first time, will add a lot of pleasant surprises to you and will activate our sense organs. The colors for eye, taste for the tongue, and much more. You can see them soapy and fizzy, taste them sour and sound fizzing. Overall you will get a new experience.

 

Remember to consume them in small quantity as too much will make you feel kind of unpleasant. Do not panic, however. Just a caution though. Let the kids lick to have fun.

How to make sherbet: fun acid base chemical reaction science activity for kids

Additional point is that this homemade sherbet has a long shelf-life. Yes, they are good to be stored in airtight containers for ages. Make sure it is dry to retain its life.

 

I also tried spraying this sherbet to Tisha’s strawberry salad and she was so happy to eat a new fruit. Yes, she got convinced that it is a new fruit. This way you can make kids eat a variety of things adding this as a flavor to it.

It’s time to share details to have additional fun. Yes, click here for more ideas and all these can be tried at home with things available in the kitchen.

 

Some more for you

 

  • With just 3 items Laughing Kids Learn has posted a sherbet recipe which you must try.
  • Try making glass with sugar at home to teach about original glass making process from the sand.
  • Learn with Play at Home has shared interesting lemonade making the recipe and that is fizzing too.
  • One more experiment with acids and bases is presented in the Anzac Biscuits making a post.
  • Left Brain Craft Brain has explained about polymers in its fruit gummies making DIY.
  • Make cupcakes with this glowing frosting recipe from The Kitchen.

 

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Are you excited to make sherbet with your kids? Choose the color and the flavor from the below picture. Yes, you can have great fun with kids.

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