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Independence Day Science for Kids

by Rebecca Eanes

School’s out, but learning doesn’t stop with these fun and engaging Independence Day themed science activities.

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1. If your kids love slime or if you just want to introduce a new sensory experience, try this sparkly 4th of July slime by Little Bins for Little Hands. For each batch of slime, you’ll need ½ cup of clear Elmer’s glue, ½ cup water, food coloring, glitter, ½ tsp baking soda, 1 TBS saline solution. You’ll need to make three batches for the red, white, and blue swirled effect.

Step 1: Combine clear glue and water. Stir thoroughly.

Step 2: Add glitter, baking soda, and food coloring.

Step 3: Add saline solution and mix.

Step 4: Mix well until a slimy blob forms in the bowl.

Step 5: Knead well.

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2. These fizzy ice stars from Teaching Mama are so much fun. You’ll need a star ice cube tray, 1 cup of water, food coloring, ½ cup baking soda, bowl of vinegar, a tray, and a dropper.

Step 1: Mix 1 cup of water and ½ cup baking soda. Add a few drops of food coloring and mix well.

Step 2: Pour the mixture into the ice cube tray. You may need to scoop in the baking soda since it tends to sit at the bottom of the mixture.

Step 3: Once the cubes are frozen, pop them out of the mold and place the stars on a tray or plate.

Step 4: Fill the dropper with vinegar and squirt on the frozen stars. Watch them fizz!


3. This next science is so cool, it’s sure to amaze your kids! Fireworks in a glass is brought to you by Paging Fun Mums. For this experiment, you’ll need food coloring, warm water, and oil (vegetable, olive).

Step 1: Fill glass ¾ of the way to the top with warm water.

Step 2: In a separate glass, add a few tablespoons of oil and a few drops of food coloring of different colors.

Step 3: With a fork, stir the oil and food coloring mixture to break up the color beads into smaller ones.

Step 4: Pour the oil and food coloring mixture into the warm water and watch the fireworks!

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