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Eco-Friendly Science Projects For Kids

There are so many amazing things to learn about the planet! Yet many kids sit at home in front of the television or computer, missing opportunities to use science to learn about the world around them. Science offers a window into the natural world through physics, chemistry, biology, and many other disciplines – and there are so many ways to bring science into your home! So encourage your kids to discover just how fantastic their world is with our totally awesome DIY kids experiments!

 

lemon battery

Amazing Eco Science Projects You Can Do at Home that Your Kids will Love!

If you’re looking for really cool ideas for eco-friendly science experiments you can do at home with your kids, check out this list! These ideas use common ingredients, many of which you can upcycle from your recycling bin or pantry to ensure there’s little to no waste when you’re done!

 

  1. Make a lemon-cell battery out of produce (not just lemons!) to teach your kids about how batteries work.
  2. Play with digesting agents to learn how enzymes work using different types of detergents and to find out about whether they can actually eat stains.
  3. Simulate an oil spill using vegetable oil and water to discover what happens in a major industrial oil spill and the types of clean-up solutions available.
  4. Learn about acid reactions by making sherbet that reacts in your mouth.
  5. Dive into carbon dating with microwave popcorn.
  6. Make a cloud in a jar using just rubber bands, a tea towel, and some matches to get a sense for how weather works.
  7. Create a pollen trap to see how plants reproduce.
  8. Assemble a DNA model using glue and string to learn more about how we are the way we are.
  9. Make a parachute from upcycled plastic to experiment with gravity and lift.
  10. Become a decomposition expert by developing a vermicompost bin with worms that break down organic waste.

 

Enjoy all of these experiments and more with Science-in-the-box for SchoolsScienceKids.co.nz, and CSIRO Do-it-yourself science resources. You never know, you may have a budding scientist in your midst – it would be a shame not to fuel a curious mind!

 

Vegan Cheese

A great vegan alternative made from almonds and Brazil nuts!

Making the decision to stick to a plant-based diet may eventually bring about the question “what about cheese?!” If you’re wondering how you’ll ever survive without cheese in all of its pungent, creamy, and gooey glory; fear not. With a demand for a healthier alternative and cruelty-free options, vegan cheese has hit the shelves of grocery stores in many cities. And thanks to nutritional yeast, with a wide variety of nuts and seeds and a dash of creativity, it’s become easier to let the dairy option fall by the wayside to make room for a healthier alternative.

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Recycle With Style: DIY Upcycled Mason Jars

Add style to your mason jars!

You’d be pleasantly surprised at how much time and money you can save by shopping in your recycling bin. Many of us will feel inspired to purchase storage containers to keep small items in, such as: rice, cotton balls, buttons, pencils, markers, kitchen utensils and other mini trinkets, especially after we see a beautifully structured room on Pinterest or showcased in a magazine.

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