Saturday, January 10, 2015

DIY Homemade Science Kit

For Li's homemade Christmas present from me this year, I decided to make him a science kit. 

He loves it even more than I hoped he would. He is always asking to do a new experiment and we have so much fun doing them together.

If you want to make your own, I've provided you with a materials list and instructions for each experiment below.

I started by making labels for the experiments and the box. 

I printed off the directions and attached them to card stock. 

I wanted to make him something that made it truly his gift, so I made a name badge. 

Then I gathered my materials placed them in the box and it was ready to go.

Materials Needed
box or container size 18" X 12"
small jars (glass or plastic) or baggies for materials
safety glasses
lab coat (men's sized white dress shirt)
scientist badge
6 T. baking soda
2 c. vinegar
quart size baggie
gallon size baggie
toilet paper square
handful of cotton balls
2 liter clear pop bottle
16 oz clear water bottle
ivory soap bar
1 c. white school glue
2 t. borax
geode kit
several different kinds of candy
food dyes
1 1/4 c. vegetable oil
salt container
1/4 c. corn syrup
handful of raisins
2 T. dish soap
1 1/4 c. flour
1 T. yeast
several pieces of uncooked spaghetti
1/2 c. 20 oz volume peroxide
play dough
clear pop
clear plastic cups
test tubes

science kit
  • Make a Lava Lamp
  • Clean Pennies with Vinegar
  • Exploding Volcano
  • Break Your own Geode
  • Cloud Dough
  • Elephant Toothpaste
  • Dancing Fruit
  • Gak
  • Cotton ball with Colored Water
  • The Floating Egg
  • Exploding Sandwich Bag
  • Balloon Magic
  • Puffed up Soap
  • Dissolving Candy
  • Playing with Density
  • Swimming Spaghetti 

Experiment Directions
~Exploding Volcano
Form a volcano with play dough. Put 2 T baking soda and 1 T dish soap in cup. Add 5 drops of red and yellow food dye to the cup. Then add 1 oz vinegar.

~Break your own geode
Use the kit.

~Cloud Dough
Mix 1 ¼ cups flour to ¼ cup oil

~Color Mixing
Mix different colors of food coloring with water and then mix those together.

~Elephant Toothpaste
Wear your safety goggles. In a 16 oz bottle placed in a baking dish, put 8 drops of food coloring, add 1 T. of liquid dish soap, and mix it. In another cup, mix 3 T warm water and 1 T yeast for 30 seconds. Pour it into the bottle with a funnel. Then add ½ c 20 volume hydrogen peroxide.

~Dancing Fruit
Pour clear pop into one cup and water in another. Then drop raisins into the water and see what happens.  They should sink to the bottom. Then the pop. The fruit will go down, up, down, up.

Mix 8 oz white school glue and 2 t borax that is dissolved in 1 c. water in a large gallon sized bag. You can remove when mostly solid.

~Cotton Ball With Colored Water
Put some food coloring in water. Mix and play with the cotton balls.

~The Floating Egg
Put water in a glass. Carefully drop an egg into the glass. Remove it and add salt. Stir the salt in and carefully drop the egg in.

~Exploding Sandwich Bag
Wrap 1 T. of baking soda in a square of toilet paper. Pour 1/4 c water and 1/2 c white vinegar into the baggie.  Partially zip the baggie, drop the packet in and seal the baggie. Put the baggie down outside and watch!

~Balloon Magic
In a bottle, put 1 c. vinegar. Add 1 T. baking soda to a balloon. Attach it to the top of the bottle. When ready tip balloon up and watch it blow up.

~Puffed up Soap
Put ivory bar soap on a microwave safe plate. Then in the microwave. Set your microwave for 2 minutes. Watch expand. Stop microwave when soap stops expanding.

~Dissolving candy
Put candy in different solutions: water, oil, vinegar

~Playing with Density
Put 1/4 colored water, 1/4 oil, and 1/4 corn syrup in glass.

~Swimming Spaghetti
Put 1 c water and 2 t. baking soda in a glass. Stir until the baking soda is dissolved. Break some uncooked spaghetti into 1-inch pieces. Put about 6 pieces in the glass. Add 5 t. vinegar to the mixture in the glass. You can continue adding vinegar.

~Lava Lamp
Fill a glass about three-quarters full of cold water. Stir in a few drops of food coloring. Add a half inch layer of cooking oil. Wait until the oil and water have separated into two layers before the next step. Sprinkle salt on top of the oil. Keep adding salt to see what happens.

~Clean Pennies with Vinegar
Pour vinegar on a plate. Add greenish colored pennies.

What fun!

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Phyllis said...

Your kit is great!I made one very similar to that for Sam when he was younger. It is great that you put this all in one place.

Bethany said...

Thanks! Li really enjoys it.

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