Super Science Projects

Supplement your child's education with these do-it-yourself
Super Science Projects


The Klutz Guide to the GalaxyKlutz Guide to the Galaxy
$19.99; 8+ years

klutz.com

Explore the universe from your backyard with a build-it-yourself telescope, night-sight flashlight, sundial, star and moon maps and an astrolabe. Includes loads of space-science activities.
“Very exciting and fun,” says Evan, age 11.




Reptile Hunter Super Throw NetReptile Hunter Super Throw Net
$14.99; 5+ years
BackyardSafari.com

Budding herpetologists can explore reptile wildlife by catching and observing lizards, turtles, frogs and salamanders.
“Keeps your child active and busy outside. Field guide requires parent’s assistance.”


Science on a Fossil Dig Science on a Fossil Dig
$19.99; 5+ years
Kidsciencekits.com


Use the included brush and scraping tools to dig for real fossils! A magnifying glass and fun fact cards help kids learn about their finds: brachiopod, gastropod and “squid” shells and a fossilized shark tooth.
“Looking for fossils and trying to guess what it will be is a fun treat,” says mom Tianna.


Growums: Ratatouille GardenGrowums: Ratatouille Garden
$9.95; 5–12
Growums.com

Gardening combines with virtual world fun. Kits include seeds, magical coco or peat pellets and everything needed to grow vegetables or herbs for a salad, pizza, herb, taco, stir fry or ratatouille. Kids can register their garden online and watch animated mini videos to learn how to care for their seedlings. Weekly emails discuss watering, weeding, growth cycles and more.
“Easy,” says mom Francine. “All you need is a pie tin.”    
“Wow, I can grow my own vegetables!” says Evan, age 11.



Miracle Gro Mini Greenhouse or TerrariumMIracle Gro Mini Greenhouse or Terrarium
$12.99; 5+ years
PeachtreePlaythings.com

Grow your own flower, vegetable and herb gardens. Kid-safe kits feature the Miracle-Gro Gro-Pod system and Gro-Mix!
“This is so cool!” says Matt, 11.
Naomi, 9, says, “This is the perfect thing for me because I like planting stuff.”



Magic School Bus: Blast Off Erupting VolcanoesMagic School Bus: Blast Off Erupting Volcanoes
$19.99; 5+ years
kidsciencekits.com

Study the science of volcanoes! Paint the volcano, mix up some “lava” and watch it explode. Learn about the layers of the Earth, study tectonic plate movement, explore different volcanic shapes and eruptions and make real pumice float. Includes a poster with volcanic facts, pictures and stickers.
Parental help required with this fun but somewhat messy project.






Warty Licorice

Warty Licorice

Can you make a smooth piece of licorice grow warts? Do this science experiment with the kids to find out!Time: 5 minutesSkill level: Get a grown-upSuppliesTwizzlers licorice twists (the Pull-n-Peel va . . .

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How to Make a Box Oven

How to Make a Box Oven

There are several different types of box ovens you can make. These instructions are for a box oven with a hinged lid. If you use the sturdy materials recommended and take good care of it, you should b . . .

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Build a Rocket

Build a Rocket

Imagine sweeping the dust from a giant rock formation to uncover an ancient dinosaur fossil, or peering through your backyard telescope to identify a hazy comet as it streaks across the sky. Sound exc . . .

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Saltwater Gummi Soak

Saltwater Gummi Soak

The kids will get a lesson about osmosis with this science experiment using gummi worms!Time: Two daysSkill Level: MediumSupplies4 gummi worms or other gummi candy3 small clear bowls, each with 1 cup . . .

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Straw Gliders

Straw Gliders

The next time you visit the beaches near Torrey Pines or La Jolla, be sure to look up at the sky. You may notice many colorful gliders soaring high above the ground. These gliders provide the ultimate . . .

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Acid Dissolving Test

Acid Dissolving Test

Here’s an easy, kid-friendly science project you can do at home!Time: 1 hourSkill level: MediumYour digestive system uses acid. Does that mean that acid dissolves candy?What you need:Candy that diss . . .

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Candy Chromatography

Candy Chromatography

Many science experiments involve candy. Follow the directions below to find out how you can use science to determine how candies get their colors. Materials:Coffee filtersClear jars or cupsPencilTap . . .

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DIY Science Kit

DIY Science Kit

“Mom, do you have a 6-volt battery, two funnels, masking tape and some steel wool I can use?” My daughters ask questions like this, usually when I’m up to my elbows in dirty dishes. Buying scien . . .

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Pizza Box Solar Cooker: Kids Science

Pizza Box Solar Cooker: Kids Science

Few things are more essential to a summer camping trip than marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. Sure, you need a tent and a sleeping bag, but a campfire without s’mores just wouldn’t be t . . .

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Boogie Woogie Raisins: Kids Science

Boogie Woogie Raisins: Kids Science

Have you ever seen raisins dance the tango or spaghetti noodles do the hula? Follow the directions below to find out how to create your own performing raisins. Believe it or not, you don’t even need . . .

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