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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!

 

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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!

 

Gardening With Your Kids

Simple, kid friendly gardening tips for creating mini gardeners and planet lovers

Children are fascinated by the miracle that is a seed’s transformation into a green plant. Make your gardening hobby into a teaching opportunity for your kids to learn about the planet. Get them involved from the very start, even before the snow melts! Read to your kids about gardening and let them plan as you prepare for Spring! Then when it’s finally time to get your hands dirty, follow these guidelines:

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Yoga for Kids

Give your kids the gift of flexibility, focus, mindfulness and overall health by making yoga part of their regular routine

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If youʼve practiced yoga, you know the awesome feeling of being centered, relaxed and one with your body and mind after your asana. Kids of all ages can also benefit from this experience as their lives are busier than ever with demanding school work, a multitude of extracurricular activities, and over-scheduled social calendars. In particular, the physical stress of competitive sports can be taxing on growing childrenʼs bodies.

 

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