Surface tension is one of water's most important properties. It is the reason that water collects in drops, but it is also why water can travel up a plant stem, or get to your cells through the smallest blood vessels. Help your child understand surface tension by showing her how she can create a "skin" on top of water. Test this theory by trying this experiment.
Balloons are rather fragile things. You know that they must be kept away from sharp objects. The also need to be kept away from flames. A fire can weaken the rubber and cause it to burst. However, in this experiment you will find out how you can hold a balloon directly in a flame without breaking the balloon.
Humans and other animals are very complex creatures. So let's first consider plants. Plants seem to be simple examples of the way life works. You plant them in the ground, water them, and let the sun shine on them. Pretty soon, they grow, they bloom, and then they die. But inside a plant, there are processes happening that we don't see — processes unlike anything else we encounter. Let's begin to understand these processes with what everyone knows is the most important resource a plant can get: water.
Some things just don't get along well with each other. Take oil and water as an example, you can mix them together and shake as hard as you like but they'll never become friends.....or will they? Take this fun experiment a step further and find out how bringing oil and water together can help you do your dishes.
Anyone can stack blocks, boxes, or books, but only those with a steady hand and a little understanding of chemistry can stack liquids. What if you could stack seven different liquids in seven different layers? Think of it as a science burrito!