It’s December, and even though the winter season hasn’t officially hit, there are telltale signs that the cold weather is swiftly approaching. As parents, we love watching our children revel in everything that this season offers…usually. Yes, the mere thought of a potential no-school snow day can conjure up all sorts of anticipated fun and excitement. However, the thrill can quickly wear as thin as our already soaked-right-through mittens, bringing with it the dreaded phenomenon known simply as the “winter doldrums.”
Science Projects Can Help Beat Cabin Fever Anywhere
Fortunately, there is a way to effectively combat the winter doldrums. Preparing in advance for some winter project ideas can help ensure that you and your little snow angels stay entertained (and educated) throughout even the longest and coldest of days. Even if you live in year-round tropical climate (lucky!), we all know it has to rain sometime. Keep these needed materials and ideas on hand to battle a bout of cabin fever when it strikes, no matter what your zip code may be.
Ice Melting Experiment: Want a simple, yet fun project that can entertain all ages? Try experimenting on ice cubes to see how various factors can affect them. Leave out on a plate, wrap in tin foil or (under your supervision and guidance) apply heat to them to find out what happens next. Do they melt at different speeds? What causes them to melt the quickest? What happens when you apply salt to the cubes? Your little ones will quickly be able to answer these questions and more.
Microwaving Ivory Soap (seriously): Did you know that microwaving an unwrapped bar of Ivory soap on a microwave safe plate for roughly 90 seconds expands it into foam more than six times its original size? It’s true. Once it comes out, allow it to cool for a few seconds and show the kids how, even though it feels and looks different, it still possesses all the same cleaning capabilities that it had in its original state.
Grow Non-Toxic Crystals On Your Window: Want a fun and safe crystal project to keep the gang entertained? All you’ll need are a few drops of liquid dishwashing detergent, 1/3 cup Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) and 1/2 cup hot water. Dissolve the salt in the hot water (microwaving for a few seconds if needed), add the drops of detergent and use a paper towel to wipe the window with your homemade solution. Viola! Non-toxic crystals will appear in just minutes!
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