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  • Growing Crystals with Common Chemicals
    Growing Crystals with Common Chemicals
    Crystal growing is a fun activity for kids and it is relevant to several areas of science, such as chemistry, as well as mineral formation in geology. Schools often use commercial chemicals to grow crystals in the classroom, and these chemicals can be difficult, if not impossible, […]...
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  • Cooking Up a Chemical Change
    Cooking Up a Chemical Change
    Chemical change can be a hard concept for children to understand. It’s much easier to explain a physical change. Water freezes into ice. The ice is still water and can be melted back into liquid water. Tear a piece of paper in half, and you still have […]...
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  • Backyard Ecology
    Backyard Ecology
    No matter whether you live in the country or the city, your child can observe nature close to home. Help your child be a nature detective to discover the ecosystem existing right in their own backyard. First, help your child identify what types of plants and animals […]...
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  • Outdoor Activity Explains Energy and Work
    Outdoor Activity Explains Energy and Work
    Energy is defined as the “ability to do work.” Energy and work are really different forms of the same thing, but to a child, they are very different. Try this simple outdoor summer activity to demonstrate the relationship between gravitational potential energy and work. First, children need […]...
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  • Periodic Table Basics
    Periodic Table Basics
    If your child has already learned about the parts of an atom (proton, neutron, and electron) they can understand the basics of the periodic table. From a basic periodic table, a young student can find: 1) the abbreviation for the element’s name, 2) how many protons an […]...
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