This fabulous junior scientist kit comes jam-packed full of Science laboratory equipment perfect to set up for experiments! The materials can be used over and over again to keep your budding scientist experimenting. Includes ready-to-make experiments to get you started!
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Parents have asked “How can we use the equipment in the Ultimate Kit?”. Here are 30 great ideas!
- Make your own fluffy instant snow. The Ultimate Kit contains enough ingredients to do this activity twice. Instructions are included in the kit. Once you’ve finished playing with your snow, leave it out on a tray and it will slowly revert to the powder form. Then you can redo this activity, over and over again.
- Make your own bouncy balls with the pack included in the Ultimate Kit. Instructions are included.
- Make some sherbet – a science activity you can eat. Instructions inside.
- Instructions and materials are included in the kit to make your own Singing Stick Sandwich. You’ll need to use two paddlepop sticks, three elastic bands and a straw to make this fun musical instrument.
- Instructions are also included to make a Thunderstraw. Experiment with changing the pitch of the sound.
- Find instructions for more musical instruments to make yourself at Musical Instruments.
- Look at lights through the diffracting lenses of the fireworks glasses and discover how white light is made up different colours of the spectrum. Explore what happens when you look at different light sources.
- Fly homemade rockets around your backyard. Make your own rocket fuel from common household ingredients. Decorate the 10mL centrifuge tube to turn it into a rocket, tape on some fins cut from the foam strip supplied, and add a bit of water. Drop in a piece of fuel and quickly click on the cap, turn it upside down and watch it fly. More instructions here: CO2 Rockets and Rocket Fuel.
- Make your own Bath Bombs. You’ll need a few household ingredients and the instructions at Bath Bombs. Mix the bath bombs in the supplied cup, stir with the stick, and layer in different colours in the white-lidded specimen jar before inverting onto paper towel to dry. Bath bombs also look fabulous pressed into chocolate moulds.
- The specimen jars are also great for building your own lava lamps in. You will need some water, oil, food colouring and something that fizzes – you could use a bit of bath bomb or homemade rocket fuel or a vitamin tablet, and the instructions here: Lava Lamp. Use the syringe to measure the water.
- Make underwater fireworks in your specimen jar. So Beautiful. More information here: Underwater Fireworks.
- Create a density tower in the 50mL centrifuge tube. Gently add in some honey, some coloured water, and then some oil and watch as the layers stay separate. Now drop in some small items and see where their relative density fits. You could try dropping in a coin, some popped and unpopped popcorn, a sultana, some rice, an ice cube, a bead, some Styrofoam etc. You could try carefully layering in some maple syrup, milk then dish soap between the honey and water, or some methylated spirits on top. Use a pipette and be careful to not mix the layers.
- Write a secret note with the thermochromic marker included. Use the white plastic end to heat up the writing and remove the colour from the ink, making it ‘disappear’. To make the writing reappear, place it in the freezer to cool it back down.
- Make red cabbage indicator and test household materials to discover if they are acids or bases. Use pipettes to transfer the indicator into separate cups. Try water, vinegar, bicarb soda, lemon juice, laundry detergent, soap, citric acid, lemonade, milk, etc.
- Mix vinegar and bicarb soda in a cup and discover what happens. Explore what difference adding a bit of detergent makes. How does the mixture behave if you put it into different shaped containers? Try putting some in an empty softdrink bottle, and stand back! DIY Volcano.
- Use pipettes to mix red, blue and yellow coloured water to discover secondary colours.
- Grow crystals by evaporating a sugar or salt solution in one half of the petri dish.
- Place some celery or pale cut flowers in the beaker with some water and food colouring. Watch as the colour spreads through the plant.
- Make a sugar solution by dissolving as much sugar as possible in warm water in a cup, add a couple of drops of food colouring, and allow to cool. Add a drop of a different colour of food colouring to water in another cup. Use a pipette to gently drip the sugar solution down the side of the second cup and watch as the sugar solution forms a layer below the fresh water. Use this idea to explore the idea of density. The same can be done with salt solutions.
- Rub the thermochromic pencil rapidly with your finger and the orange ink will become yellow. Try dipping the pencil alternately in warm and cold water. Can you make the pencil stripy?
- Mix cornflour, water and a drop or two of food colouring, and stir well. Make it just thick enough to mix together and then discover the interesting characteristics of cornflour slime, or ooblek.
- Test to see if household materials dissolve. Line up the cups and test some items – try sugar, salt, pepper, spices, coffee, rice, hundreds and thousands etc. When you discover what can dissolve, see how many teaspoons you can dissolve of each material. Which is the most soluble? Test to see if it is more or less soluble in warm water.
- Make your own slime. There are so many recipes online – try a few different ones and discover one that you love.
- Watch birds in the trees with the binoculars. See what happens if you look through the binoculars the wrong way around.
- Accurately measure liquids using the syringes. Practice fine motor skills when transferring small amounts of liquid using the pipettes. Also lots of fun in the bath!
- Build a catapult with the sticks and elastic bands. Shoot marshmallow around the house, and engineer your catapult to be able to through as far as possible, or as high as possible. Can you hit a target?
- Grow mould on a slice of bread in the petri dish.
- Place an egg in vinegar in the beaker and leave overnight to discover what happens to the shell.
- Grow rock candy in the beaker.
- Grow a bean seed in the 50mL centrifuge tube with paper towel or cotton wool. Watch as the roots grow and leaves unfurl.
Note: due to local regulations, this box no longer contains plastic straws.
For more fun and exciting science activities, check out our DIY experiments page www.streetscience.com.au/experiments. There are also many fabulous pages online devoted to hands-on science activities for kids.