Experiment with these interesting projects designed to encourage curiosity and creativity
Experiment with these interesting projects designed to encourage curiosity and creativity.
By Shannon Fisher
Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography
Since most children are now back in school, September is a great month to combine science and crafts. Here are a few quick and easy projects to pique your kid’s interest.
You can make a sculpture with milk and vinegar. Start with a cup of milk. Microwave the milk until it’s hot, but not boiling––about a minute. Add four tablespoons of vinegar and stir for roughly one minute. Next, use a strainer or, alternatively, we used a steamer over a pan lined with paper towels. Pour the mixture in and wrap paper towels around to squeeze the liquid out. We transferred the white substance to another paper towel to press more liquid out. It ended up with a firm cream cheese consistency. You can now mold and shape the milk and then set it out to dry. After about two days, your milk sculpture should be dry. Once it’s hard, you can paint it or leave it white. This craft is a fun way to see how adding vinegar to the milk makes it become pliable to shape and mold into a work of art.
Color Changing Flowers
Another interesting crafty experiment is to take white flowers and let them sit in a cup of food coloring overnight. Set up your cups with water, add food coloring, and stir. Cut the flower stems at an angle before adding the flowers to the cups filled with colored water. We used daisies, but any white flower will work. White carnations work especially well with this experiment. After the blooms sit for awhile, you can see the petals turn the color of water you have placed them in. It’s fascinating to see the changes. Take the opportunity to discuss with your child how water flows through a flower from stem to petals.
Mixing oil and water is a fun way to see a reaction. Start with colored water made with food coloring or liquid watercolor. Stir the color together and then add about a half cup of oil. We used vegetable oil, since it’s least expensive. Now, get a cup of plain water to drop the colored water in to. You can use a dropper if you have one; we just used straws. Sink it in the colored water and plug the top of the straw to trap the water and then drop over the clear water. You can see the oil mixture bubble on the clear water. This is a fun and colorful activity that combines science and art all in one.
I hope everyone enjoys making these science-based crafts.
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