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Good Science Project for a 5-year-old

  1. Feb 18, 2015 #1


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    Just looking for ideas here. My initial thought was wave property of light, just using a pinhole image and a water analog, but still thinking of ideas.
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    when I was 5 I remember doing a experiment from a mr. wizard book, it was showing static electricity with water, salt and pepper and maybe sugar for the life of me I can't remember how it worked but the pepper did react to the positive charge and move away from the (sugar? salt?) , when added to the water. they have vids on youtube that use a comb to create the static charge to pick up pepper from salt but that is no where as enlightening as doing the experiment in water.
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    The absolute best book for this, if you can find it, is "Learn While You Scrub: Science In The Tub" by James Lewis. My favorite experiment was "Was I That Dirty?" - it involves putting a coffee filter over the drain.
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  7. Feb 18, 2015 #6
    Tiny paper boats powered by soap and/ or guided by magnets, bicarbonate and vinegar powered rockets and volcanos, pin-hole camera, mentos in a coke, elementary electric circuits, a small electric motor, chromatography using tissue paper- can't think of anything else right now.
  8. Feb 18, 2015 #7
    Kids like explosions:

  9. Feb 18, 2015 #8


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    Kids are also fascinated by poop.
    In the summer of 1984, my mother and I were tasked with baby sitting my 5 nieces and nephews. Mother, being about 60, was not up to the task, so I took charge. I presented them with an old piece of scrap wood wall paneling, 8 containers of fluorescent paint, and a paintbrush for each one. Each child created a beautiful image, until, my two eldest nieces, discovered that when you mix the colors together, something magical happened. One screamed out; "It's poop!". Which prompted the other niece to do the experiment, which prompted her to scream out; "Yes! It makes poop!". At this point, they decided to turn everyones drawing into poop, which make my nephew cry, so I terminated the experiment, and made the poop-meisters sign the resulting masterpiece.

    It still hangs on my bedroom wall.


    Crystal & Kelly were both 5.
    Michael was 7, and was obviously very upset that his relatives were still obsessed with poop.
    I probably would have cried too. It's sad when people don't grow up.

    If you're upset that her conclusion is wrong, remember this:
    Just this past year, I discovered that "Purple" is not a spectral color, but a construct, of our minds.
    And in the last month, I discovered that "potential energy ≠ mgh". It's a lie!
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