How To Do 3D Salt Art Painting for Kids -Simple and Fun

My son is generally excited to do most of the art projects I present to him. However, there are some art projects that don’t appeal to him. This is why I generally let him choose his own as a way to promote interest-led learning.

When I showed my son the 3D Salt Art Painting craft, he was not thrilled to do it. I requested that we try one, just to see if liked it. He agreed.

Once we tried one Salt Art Painting, he wanted to do more. In fact, he did a total of four pictures in one session. This really surprised me! After doing the first picture, he asked if we could make a video showing others how to do it. I said “yes.”

My son has a YouTube channel called, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. On his channel he shows kids and parents how to do his favorite science experiments, art projects, pretend play scenarios, and to play with fun games and toys. He is learning new concepts, such as math and vocabulary, while doing all these activities.

Three of the Salt Paintings he made were freestyle writings and drawings. We used a drawing book called, Draw AlphaBeasts by Steve Harpster. This book shows children how to draw 130+ monsters, aliens and robots from letters and numbers. I wrote another post called Draw Monsters Out of Letters and Numbers featuring this same book.

We liked this activity because we had everything we needed at home. Try this activity! Your children may be like my son, and want to do multiple paintings.

Below is a video of my son doing the 3D Salt Art Painting. It comes from his YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventure. Please subscribe and like for more fun learning activities!

We hope you have fun with this activity!

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Ice Cube Melting Experiment – Fun and Easy

A Love for Science

My son, Corban, loves to do science experiments. Science experiments are a fun way for kids to get their hands messy and to understand how the world works. I have learned a lot through doing these activities as well. For example, I got a better understanding of Newton’s Law of Motion from doing the Colorful Egg Drop Science Experiment for Kids.

Because of our many scientific encounters, I decided it was time to get my son tools such as beakers, test tubes, funnel, and safety goggles. I did not want to purchase these things separately so I got the Educational Insights Geo Safari Rockin’ Reactions Chemistry Set. It includes the following: beaker, 4 test tubes, test tube rack, graduated cylinder, lab glasses, dropper, funnel, stirring rod, and 22-page activity journal.

Fun and Easy

As soon as we got the kit, Corban looked through the activity book at the various experiments. He decided to do Ice Cube Melting Experiment aka Disappearing Ice. I like this experiment because you don’t need fancy science tools. You can use materials you have in your home. In fact, we shared a video of my son doing this experiment with a friend. About 30 minutes later, I get a video text with my friend with her daughter doing this experiment with drinking glasses and ice.

I encourage you to try this easy activity. It will show kids that when two or more chemicals are mixed together, amazing things can happen.

Corban has created a video showing you how to do the experiment below.

Let’s Get Started

MaterIALS NEEDED:

  • 1 funnel (optional)
  • 1 test tube (an alternative is a drinking glass)
  • 2 (more) drinking glasses or plastic cups
  • 2 ice cubes that are about the same size
  • regular table salt

Watch Corban demonstrate the Disappearing Ice/Ice Cube Melting Experiment. It is a great activity to teach kids why, in snowy regions, workers put salt on the road to make them safer for drivers. The video comes from my son’s YouTube channel called Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like and subscribe for fun learning activities!

Have fun discovering how chemistry helps keep drivers safe.

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Colorful Egg Drop Science Experiment for Kids

About a week ago, many families were coloring eggs to prepare for Easter Egg Hunts. This can be a fun and interactive process for children. I knew my son would love coloring eggs this year and we did just that. However, we decided to do something different. We incorporated a magical science trick while coloring our eggs.

It is called the Colorful Egg Drop Science Experiment for Kids. My son saw this experiment in a book and could not wait to try it. He immediately searched our home for the materials to execute this amazing scientific trick.

I was a little skeptical at first because I didn’t think it would work. However, to my surprise, it was successful on the first try! My son wanted to do the experiment repeatedly after it worked the first time.

I love this experiment because it required materials I had at home, it was quick and easy to set up, it taught my son about Newton’s Law of Motion and gravity, and it colored our eggs for Easter in a fun way!

Below my son will teach you how to do this fun experiment.

Let’s Get Started!

Materials Needed:

  • Two toilet paper rolls
  • Three cups of water
  • Food Coloring (we used three different colors)
  • Spoon
  • One saucer size paper plate
  • One regular size paper plate
  • Three white eggs

Watch the video below to see my son doing the Colorful Egg Drop Experiment. This video comes from his YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like and subscribe!

Have fun with this activity!

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Soda Explosion for Kids

The Ultimate Experience

My son, Cory, loves science experiments because they provide the ultimate hands-on experience. Hands-on learning is the best way for children to be exposed to something new. It uses three of the child’s senses which are touch, sight, and hearing.

When doing science experiments, children are touching and seeing the materials they are handling and manipulating. Often times, they are working with others and hearing their friends’ conversations while adhering to the experiment’s directions.

Fun Explosions

Cory would agree that the best experiments have fun chemical reactions and explosions. A few that we like are Elephant Toothpaste, Egg Volcano, and Magic Balloon. We are always looking to add more to our collection. My son found the Soda Explosion in a book. This is a reaction between the carbonated beverage Coke and Mentos mints that causes the beverage to spray out of the bottle/container.

We made a tube with this experiment so the explosion would be more intense and higher.

This activity is simple and fun. It is a popular experiment right now. Let me show you how to do it.

Let’s Get Started!

Materials:

Watch the video below for directions and to see our Soda Explosion experience. This video comes from my son’s YouTube Channel called Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please subscribe!

Why it works

  • Carbon dioxide molecules from the soda attach to the surface on the Mentos.
  • The mentos makes a lot of bubbles that rise and push the soda out.

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Bubble Pipe for Kids

One day my son and I went to the Dollar Tree to buy pans for our next science experiment. While we were there, my son found a big bubble wand with a tray, and asked if we could get it. I told him “yes” because it looked like fun.

I thought we could incorporate science into the bubble play by making our own bubble solution. When we got home, he could not wait to try out his new wand. He also suggested that we try other bubble wands as well. We looked around the house and got pipe cleaners, a straw, tape, and paper.

We took the materials and attempted to make bubble pipes with three different materials. They were simple to make and fun to use. We stayed outside for over an hour playing. The various wands we used made the bubble play interesting and engaging. I will show you what we did below.

Learn how we made giant bubbles by viewing the video below… (this is from my son’s YouTube channel called Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures).

Let’s Get Started!

Materials for Bubble Pipe:

  • Small piece of writing paper
  • Small piece of parchment paper
  • Small piece of Aluminum foil
  • Straws (3)

Materials for Bubble Solution:

  • Water
  • Glycerin
  • Dish Soap (we used Dawn)

Directions for Bubble Pipe

  • Take the small piece of writing paper, roll it around one side of the straw, and tape it.
  • Take the small piece of aluminum foil, roll it around one side of the straw, and tape it.
  • Take the small piece of parchment paper, roll it around one side of the straw, and tape it.
Here is the small piece of aluminum foil.
My son rolling the writing paper around one side of the straw.
My son rolling the aluminum foil around one side of the straw.
Pictured are three straws with writing paper, parchment paper, and aluminum foil around one side of the straw. It is secured with tape.

Now is it time to make your bubble solution.

  • Mix 1 part dish soap, 4 parts warm water, add a teaspoon of glycerin, and stir well.
  • Stick either the writing paper, aluminum foil, or parchment paper straw in the bubble solution.
    • Put with the writing paper, aluminum foil, or parchment paper side of the straw in the bubble solution.
This is our bubble solution.
  • Blow on the straw (opposite side of the paper or aluminum foil.
You can see a bubble forming while my son is blowing.
Here’s another bubble forming.

Watch the video of my son using the bubble pipe made with writing paper.

IMG_3470bubble-pipe
Here is the bubble wand we purchased from Dollar Tree.

Other Tips

  • If your bubble solution is not working, add more dish soap and/or glycerin.
  • You will have a better chance of making bubbles if you blow through the straw slowly.

Have fun with this activity!

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Walking Water Experiment for Kids

“Can we do a science experiment?” This is what my 4-year-old son, Cory, asked me while walking in the grocery store one day. We just passed the aisle with vinegar, which is an item we use for many of our experiments. A week before, we did the Tooth Decay Experiment, which taught my son the importance of brushing his teeth twice a day. He had a lot of fun with this experiment and wanted to have that same feeling again.

So I turned to him and said, “Sure we can do another experiment. Do you know what experiment you want to do?” His reply was, “No, but we can look one up.” We did just that the next day and found the Walking Water Experiment. I was familiar with how to do it without instructions. However, I wanted my son to read the experiment instructions and follow directions. Science experiments are a great way to increase a child’s reading level.

Watch the video below to see how science experiments can increase a child’s reading level.

We looked in our kitchen for the materials needed to do the Walking Water Science Project. We had everything except food coloring. Cory was so excited to do the experiment that he requested we go to the grocery store to get it. When my son is excited to learn something new, I try to act on it as fast as I can. After we got home from the grocery store, we were ready to get started.

This is an amazing experiment to show how water can defy gravity with a capillary action. I will explain this at the end of the post.

Let’s Get Started With This Fun Rainbow Experiment!

Materials Needed:

  • Water (enough to fill seven glasses)
  • Seven drinking glasses
  • Food coloring (we used blue, red, yellow, and green)
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Paper towels (six folded into a rectangular shape)

Directions:

  • Fill four glasses with water.
  • At first we only filled the glasses halfway, then we realized it is best to fill them up.
Cory pouring water in the glasses
  • Put a different color of food coloring in each glass.
Putting the food coloring in each of the four glasses.
  • Stir the food coloring and water in each glass.
Mixing the food coloring and water together.
  • Place the glasses so there is an empty glass in between the ones with food coloring.
Alternating food coloring glasses with empty glasses
  • Fold six paper towels into a skinny rectangular shape.
Fold the paper towel like in the picture shown above.
  • Insert paper towels into two glasses placed beside each other.
Placing paper towels in cups. Here you can see we put more water in the glasses.
This is how the paper towels should look. There should be two paper towels in each glass.
The task is complete!
  • Let this sit for 24 hours and watch what happens.
This is what we saw the next day.
  • The empty glasses now had colorful water in them.
  • The glasses that were once full are now only a quarter full.
  • The water seeped through the paper towels and put water in the empty glass next to it.

Why this works:

  • As soon as you place the paper towel in the glasses, you should see that the it starts to absorb some of the water.
  • Water goes up the paper towel and defies gravity in a process called capillary action.
  • Paper towels are made of many small fibers that have gaps in between them.
  • Water gets pulled into these gaps by capillary action.
  • The water goes up the paper towel and down into the empty glass.
  • This is how water moves through plants.

Watch the video below to see how we did the experiment in real time. This video comes from my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like and subscribe for fun learning adventures.

Try this fun experiment at home. Enjoy!

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Tooth Decay Experiment: Teach Kids the Importance of Brushing their Teeth

I love doing science experiments with my son. One reason is that they help children become better readers. Also, they provide learning that is hands-on and uses the three senses of sight, hearing, and touch (sometimes smelling and tasting as well). They are the best way children can apply what they are learning.

In the past, I have used science experiments to teach my son lessons in hygiene such as the importance of washing his hands. The activity I will show you today is a great complement to that experiment. It is called the Tooth Decay Experiment. This could be your child’s next science fair project (for older kids).

The Tooth Decay Experiment will show your children the importance of brushing their teeth twice a day. Furthermore, it demonstrates what happens to your teeth when you drink certain beverages such as orange juice, tea, and water.

We have fun with all our experiments; even those that don’t work. It gives us opportunities to investigate and solve problems. I tell my son this is what scientist do!

The Tooth Decay Experiment has made my son a “Flossing and Teeth Brushing Advocate!” After you do this activity, it will probably have the same impact on your child. I will show you how to do it.

Let’s Get Started!

Warning: This post contains a lot of pictures.

Materials:

  • 5 cups (we used paper cups)
  • 5 individual labels that read: Orange Juice, Soda, Water, Tea, and Vinegar
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 cup of orange juice (enough to submerge an egg)
  • 1 cup of dark soda (enough to submerge an egg)
  • 1 cup of water (enough to submerge an egg)
  • 1 cup of tea (enough to submerge an egg)
  • 1 cup of vinegar (enough to submerge an egg)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Plastic Gloves to protect hands
  • Goggles to protect hands

Here is a video of my son doing the Tooth Decay Experiment. This video comes from my son’s YouTube Channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like and subscribe for fun activities.

Directions:

  • Make 5 individual labels that read: Orange Juice, Soda, Water, Tea, and Vinegar
My 4-year-old son is learning how to write in cursive. To my surprise, he wrote the labels in cursive.

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  • Cut the labels out and put them on the cups.
My son putting the labels on the cup.
The labels are on the cups.
  • Put the eggs in each cup.
My son putting the eggs in the cup.
  • Pour the liquids in each labeled cup.
Pouring the dark soda in the cup.
  • Let the eggs sit in the cups for 24 hours.
Our eggs are sitting overnight on the kitchen counter.
  • The next day take the eggs out of the cups and see what happened.
The egg in the water stayed the same. So we concluded that water is healthy for your teeth.
This egg was in water. It was clear and maintained its color.
This egg was in the orange juice. It was slimy and we could see the sugar from orange juice on the egg.
This egg was in the dark soda. The soda stained the egg brown. This is how soda stains our teeth.
This egg was in the tea cup. It was stained brown like the soda.
This egg shell was in vinegar. It made the shell soft and squishy.
My son brushed the egg shell that was in soda with toothpaste.
After brushing the egg shell it was starting to become white again. This is what happens when we brush our teeth.

This experiment had a big impact on my son. He knows that brushing his teeth is important. After doing this activity, he said he wanted brush his teeth everyday.

Try it at home and have fun!

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Fun Archaeology Activity for Kids

My son and I read books every night before his bedtime. I have noticed that he likes Science fiction books. One book he liked was called Big Monty and the Lunatic Lunch Lady.

It is about a boy named Merlin, aka Big Monty, who loves astronomy and wants to be accepted by a kid named A’Lo Jenkins. Big Monty discovered that the lunch lady in his school, Mrs. Findlehorner, created a monster out of leftover lasagna. This story takes the reader on a journey where Big Monty and his younger sister, Josephine, figure out how to stop Mrs. Findlehorner.

A wonderful feature in this book is it has scientific experiments and activities that kids can do at home. One activity that caught my son’s attention was the Archeologist activity. Archaeologists are scientists who study history by digging up old artifacts and other physical remains. This activity will keep your child busy and exercise their problem solving skills.

I will show you how to do it below.

Let’s Get Started

Materials:

  • A few toys such as blocks and hard plastic toys
    • Little dinosaurs or Legos are good choices
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Spoon
  • Toothpicks
  • Salt

Directions:

  • Take a few toys and put them in a bowl
We used a big bowl. My son put more than a few toys in the bowl.
  • Cover the toys in the bowl with water
We put water in the bowl. My son also added balls in the bowl.
  • Put the bowl in the freezer until they become a block of ice
The ice in the bowl is frozen.
  • Tell your child that they will be an archeologist.
  • Tell them that archaeologist are scientists who study history by digging up old artifacts and physical remains.
  • Your child’s job is to dig out the fossils, which would be the toys frozen in water.
  • Remind them to dig out the fossils or toys very carefully without breaking them.
  • Give your child a spoon, toothpicks, and salt and tell them to get the fossils/toys out of the ice.
  • THE SALT IS A CHEAT BECAUSE IT WILL HELP THE ICE MELT FASTER.
  • You may immediately tell your child about the salt or let them figure it out for themselves.
My son was breaking the ice with a spoon.
My son was able to get the toys out with salt. He made the process go faster by using warm water as well.

Overall being an archaeologist was fun for my son. There are some changes I would make the next time we do this activity. They are listed below…

  • Use less toys (four or less)
  • Use a smaller bowl

Have fun with this activity!

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Saltwater to Freshwater Science Experiment

Gratefulness

Each night before bedtime, my son and I say a prayer. In every prayer we are thanking God for our many blessings such as a home, food, toys, water etc. As a parent, I try to instill in my son gratitude, appreciation, and gratefulness for his many blessings.

I do remind him that there are people in this world who don’t have homes, toys, and clean water. The first time I explained this to him, he was in disbelief. This led to discussions about people who are homeless and suffer from poverty.

The Problem

One day he was drinking water after being outside playing. He thanked the Lord for ‘good clean water.’ I told him it is great to be thankful because there are some people who don’t have clean water. We talked about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan after their water source was changed. This change contaminated the water, which led to elevated blood lead levels in the city’s children. It also caused hair loss, itchy skin, and skin rashes.

Let’s Put on the Thinking Cap

Whenever my son, Cory, hears about a problem, he thinks and asks questions about solutions. After doing research, we learned that Earth is covered with 70 percent water. Almost all of Earth’s water is salty in the oceans and we can’t drink it. Only about three percent of the water is drinkable fresh water. Most of this drinkable water is frozen in the Arctic and in Antarctica. Therefore, only about 1 percent of the world’s water is available to drink.

Possible Solution, Maybe

Cory wanted to explore how we could turn saltwater into freshwater to drink. He thought this will provide clean water to Flint, Michigan.

We talked about the three properties of water, which are liquid, solid, and gas. We learned how a liquid turns into a gas and solid. Afterwards, Cory asked we could turn gas into liquid. We started doing some research and found the Saltwater to Freshwater Experiment.

This experiment answered his questions about turning gas to water and finding a POSSIBLE SOLUTION to provide freshwater to those who don’t have it.

I will show you how we did this in our kitchen.

Let’s Get Started

Materials Needed:

  • Salt
  • Water
  • A pot
  • A glass bowl

Directions:

  • Put water in a glass
  • Pour salt in the glass of water
  • Mix the water and salt
Mixing the water and salt together.
  • Pour the water in a pot
Pouring the saltwater in the pot.
  • Put a glass bowl in the middle of the pot
Glass bowl is in the middle of the pot.
  • Boil the water and put the lid upside down on the pot
Pot lid turned upside down.
  • Observe what happens
  • You will see water dripping in the glass bowl
  • Turn your stove off and wait until the pot cools
  • Take the glass out of the pot and let the water cool

Watch the video below to see how condensation makes water.

saltwater-video-
This is the amount of water we made from condensation.
  • Drink the fresh water and enjoy.
My son drinking the freshwater.

Happy Learning and Problem Solving!

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Foam Explosion – Elephant Toothpaste

One day my son, Cory, watched the Youtube personality, Ryan. He saw Ryan and his mom do the elephant toothpaste experiment. After watching, he said, “Mom, I want to do that!” So I watched the video with Cory and immediately started to write down the materials and directions.

We had everything needed for the experiment except dry active yeast. I purchased the yeast from Amazon because I figured Cory would want to do this repeatedly. The next day, the yeast came and we immediately started to make the elephant toothpaste.

The first time we did the experiment, we saw an explosion but the cup we used was too big. We decided to use a smaller cup because we wanted the chemical action to overflow out of the cup. The second time was “epic” according to my son.

I will show you how we did the experiment below. Your child will want to do this repeatedly so get ready.

Let’s Get Started!

Materials Needed:

  • Two cups
  • ½ cup of Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 squirt of Dawn dish soap
  • 5 drops of food coloring
  • 15 ml of warm water
  • .25 oz Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast (1 packet)
  • Goggles to protect eyes
  • Gloves to protect hands

Directions:

  • Tell your child that they will create a fun foam explosion called Elephant Toothpaste.
  • Put on goggles and gloves
  • Put hydrogen peroxide in one of the cups
  • Add five drops of food coloring in the cup
  • Put a squirt of dish soap in the cup
  • In a different cup pour 15 ml of water.
  • Add the active dry yeast packet to the water and mix.
  • Pour the water and yeast mixture in the cup with the hydrogen peroxide mixture
  • Watch the awesome foam explosion!
My son adding food coloring to the hydrogen peroxide.
Mixing the water and active dry yeast.

Watch the video below of our experiment!

elephant-toothpaste-video

Have fun with this experiment!

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