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Fun at-home experiments to do with your kids during virus outbreak from ABC-7 StormTRACK

Steam Labs for kids
Chemical reaction experiment
Lava lamp

School closures due to the coronavirus outbreak mean borderland children are about to spend a lot more time at home. That’s challenging on any number of levels, with many of us wondering what can you do that's fun and educational for your kids?

I’ve been trying to find fun ideas that will entertain my son and teach him about S-T-E-A-M at the same time. I’ll be doing this with items I have around my house ( I’ll try anyway). Here’s something fun that you guys can do at home and it’s inexpensive. Make a lava lamp! It’s a fun experiment about chemical reactions.
Here’s what you need:

*A clear glass bottle or jar

* A bottle of vegetable oil

* Water

*Food coloring

-Pour water into the plastic bottle.

-Pour in vegetable oil.

-Wait until the oil and water have separated.

-Add around a dozen drops of food coloring.

-Watch as the food coloring falls through the oil and mixes with the water.

- Cut an Alka-Seltzer tablet into smaller pieces (around 5) and drop one of them into the bottle, things should start getting a little crazy!
Watch the chemical reaction between the water and the Alka seltzer. You can also see the bubbles during the reaction pick up blobs of color. Add a few more tablets and discuss what happens. You can even discuss why water and oil don’t mix.
🌟: Test it out and let me know how it works out for you.
🧫: If you have any fun STEAM experiments send them my way. We can bounce some ideas off of each other with fun videos and pictures 🤗

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