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Back in November I found a post about homemade science kits at Roots and Wings. I tucked it away knowing that it would make a great gift one of these days.
My nephew’s birthday was this month and I was thinking about what we could get him. Then I remembered the science kit idea. I knew this would be a hit. I set out in search of some cool science experiments.
My problem was choosing which experiments! There are so many, in books, on the internet ideas abound! I did research for a couple of days and finally came up with a list any 7 year old boys would love.
I used two websites. Science Bob and Steve Spangler Science. This is a fantastic website where you can buy science kits, supplies and much more. I went to the science experiments page and looked over the different experiments.Here is a list of the experiments I used:
- Silly Putty (also called Glacier Gak) this experiment worked really well. The boys and I tested this one.
- Film Canister Rocket
- Make Your Own Lava Lamp
- Make Your Own Volcano
- Clean Pennies with Vinegar
- Color Mixing Tray Experiment
- Grow a Dinosaur
- Water Cubes Experiment
- Jelly Marble Experiments
- Baby Soda Bottle Test Tube Experiments
I typed them up and added a couple of science related graphics and put them in a three pronged folder. I wrote my nephew’s name on the front in the title laminated it, cut it out and attached it to the cover of the folder.
I picked up a container with a snap lid from the dollar store and filled it with the items necessary for the experiments.
I recycled some containers (I keep a large plastic tote filled with used clean containers that can be recycled for other uses.) Pictured above:
- polymer clay (on sale for 99 cents at Michael’s craft store)
- Elmer’s glue (bought in quantity for 20 cents at the back to school sale)
- Magic snow found in stores such as 5 Below. Also called Insta-Snow
- Mini color mixing tray (Steve Spangler Science)
- Baby soda bottle test tubes from Steve Spangler Science or this set from Amazon.
- Pop rocks experiment kit (Dollar Tree)
- Mentos Geyser Tube kit (You can order this from Amazon or the SSS site, but I found it at 5 Below a bit cheaper. You actually don’t even need to buy this kit you can pick up a pack of mentos and use a test tube that will hold them in a row to drop them into a soda bottle for this experiment)
- Liquid Marbles or water beads(these are similar as the jelly marbles you can buy at SSS but I found them in Dollar Tree for a $1. The difference is they are already hydrated and the ones at SSS are dehydrated.)
- Watch it grow dinosaur (5 Below for $1.50. You can also find these at Dollar Tree)
- Pennies and screws for a penny experiment
- Water Cubes (SSS)
- Mentos~extra pack to do the soda geyser experiment a second time. (Dollar Tree)
- Antacid Tablets (like Alka-Seltzer only I purchased the generic)
- Food Coloring
The science kit box all packed up and ready to go. I created a label for the top to match the experiment folder.
- connector and two one liter bottles for creating a tornado effect (SSS)
- Vegetable Oil
- Baking Soda
- Empty soda bottle
All ready to go into the gift bag. This kit did cost me a little over $25. You could spend as little or as much as you wanted and really make kit for around $15 if you cut back on some of the more pricey items. It was super fun putting it together and my boys and I are going to be trying many of these experiments though out the year.note: I do not work for Steve Spangler Science or get any compensation for the products mentioned. I just love their products!