Summer is nearly here already! If you are anything like us, then you are nearly dying over the anticipation of going outside to enjoy the warm breeze and have some fun! For us, the summer season is the best time for science activities. What we have for you are fun, easy, and inexpensive DIY projects that are not just great for summertime, but are also excellent in bringing out the inner Einstein in you. Here are some great DIYs for kids.
A Sound Volcano
Kids have always loved the idea of making volcanic eruptions using vinegar and baking soda. And this is especially true during science fairs. And we have come up with a wonderful idea that every kid will surely love! It’s time for the do it yourself mentality to shine through.
What could be done to the old vinegar and baking soda trick to make it more fun? The answer is simple: adding sounds! This may be a simple addition but it is what gives the volcanic eruption experiment its WOW factor. This will definitely impress the kids!
To make the volcano, we will give you the material options:
- From play dough
- From paper-mache
- From dirt
- From sand
- From some chemical equivalent of any or all the above materials
Whatever you choose for your volcano, it will work just as well as the others. Give the kids a bowl if you want to make the DIY experiment as simple as possible.
For this project, the materials that you will need in making the sound eruptions are baking soda, vinegar, and pop rocks! That’s it! To make your eruptions more colorful, use food coloring.
Make an Awesome Diorama
“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” - Thomas Berger
What kids love about a diorama is its 3D effect, which brings a creation to life. There are just so many ideas that you and your kids can come up with. As a matter of fact, the possibilities are endless! Making a diorama helps in tuning a kid’s motor skills, developing a sense of imagination, and encouraging recycling, especially if you choose to utilize an old shoe box.
If you want to make a winter-inspired diorama with your kids, you’ll need a shoe box, some cotton, cut out snowflakes, cut out snowman, fabric for a scarf, plastic tree, string to hang the snowflakes, and a couple pieces of construction paper to create the mountains.
For a starry night diorama, you’ll need a shoe box, construction paper for moons, stars, and the background, tin foil, pipe cleaner, string to hang moons and stars, and cotton for clouds. Since it will be summertime, it’s just right that you and the kids create a summer-inspired diorama! The supplies that you’ll be needing for this are Popsicle sticks for pool ladder and swing, a shoe box, cardboard for the pool, toothpicks for the flower stems, foam for the swing set, construction paper for the background, and flower cut outs. In making a diorama, be creative and ingenious as much as possible. Have fun experimenting with other types of recyclable materials and be proud of your output!
Growing celery right inside your home is not just fun but it also gives you something to watch out for every single day! Kids love it as their moms usually store celery stalks in the fridge. For this project, all you need to do is to cut the base of a celery stalk. About two inches must be left. Then, place the base in a dish that’s filled with water. Situate the dish that contains the celery in any place in your home that gets ample sunlight. This is one of the easiest diy crafts for home that you can do!
In just a few days, you will witness the yellowing of the center leaves. This area is where the growth can be seen. You’ll start noticing a change with your celery quickly. The center leaves will start to grow. As for the roots, they won’t be visible yet.
After full seven days, the leaves at the center will change their color. They will start poking up as well. Expect to see roots after two weeks. Kids love this as they can see how a plant grows from the DIY labor that they performed.