The most common phrase in my house at the moment has got to be a stern “wash your hands.” (Closely followed by “no more video games, please.”) For kids like mine who might need a little extra motivation to wash the full twenty seconds, we decided to dig into the science of handwashing so you can share a little bit of kid-friendly chemistry while encouraging safe hygiene!
We’ve all heard it a million times: Wash your hands! Scrub between your fingers! Use plenty of soap! But did you know that washing your hands does a lot more than getting rid of dirt? It’s also the best tool we have to get rid of nasty viruses and keep ourselves healthy — and it’s all thanks to the chemistry of handwashing.
Many parents are stepping into the shoes of teachers, and for some, it’s foreign territory. We’re collecting tips and tricks from educators across the country, so we can try to soak up some of their superpowers!
Have you ever experienced a static shock when you touch something metal? The shock is because of static electricity which can cause materials to attract or repel each other. Learn about static electricity with these jumping frogs!
Fizz, fizz, zoom! This baking soda experiment boat is easy to build and fun to race. If you’ve ever dropped a fizzy tablet into a cup of water or made a baking soda volcano, you’ve made the same chemical reaction used here. But this time, we’re using that reaction to power a soda bottle boat!
Water is usually loaded with particles and impurities, which enables ice to form. But purified water isn’t. This allows purified water to reach way colder temperature before solidifying.
If you leave an unopened bottle of purified water in the freezer for two to three hours, the bottle will be way colder than the freezing point of regular water. When you pour that super-chilled water onto a block of ice, it latches onto the ice’s impurities and freezes instantly!
Create your very own balloon powered rockets and see how far they can travel. Experiment with different balloon shapes and sizes to experiment with the travel speed. You can even add some cargo for your balloon rocket, and see how that impacts the journey!
Create an adventure around the world – while at home! Find interesting spots in Google Street View and send those snapshots to family and friends. Have them guess where they are! There are several handy online tools to create even more detailed Google Maps adventures.
Studying sign language builds awareness of the deaf and hard of hearing community, along with appreciation of the community’s culture. While there are a variety of sign languages in the world, this video features ASL (American Sign Language).