Blowing water in drops along waxed paper is a simple, fun way to demonstrate water science with kids. Even if your child is too young to grasp the concepts of surface tension and the bonding properties of water molecules, it’s still a fun indoor activity that will make kids say, “Cool!!!”
Also, it’s super-duper easy, which is my favorite type of science experiment. Plus, my kids love to play with water.
What you need:
- A straw, or other thin tube. (Actually, this is optional and kids could simply blow without the aid of a straw.)
- Waxed paper
- Flat surface
- Eye dropper (a spoon will also suffice)
- Drop water onto wax paper. Make the drops as large or as small as you like.
- Move the drops by blowing them across the paper.
Kids can experiment by blowing extra hard to make the larger drops break up into smaller beads. Also you can blow the beads together to make larger beads. You can suck them up the straw and blow them back out. Kiddo liked blowing his off the table to “plop” on the floor. (It’s just water, after all.)
I loved how this project has the added bonus of entertaining the kids for an extended period of time without a lot parental involvement.
More easy and FUN science projects to try:
- Water refraction is just like magic!
- Blow up a balloon with kitchen ingredients
- Use household ingredients to create your own preschool science lab
- Amaze your kids with a leak proof hole in a bag!
- Make a coin jump off a bottle
I First Published this idea 3/16/09.