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What Dissolves in Water? A Child-friendly Science Experiment

Science experiments often get children curious and excited about what will happen as a result. This activity is all about dissolving. To get started, find several pantry items that will dissolve in water.

Examples: (Use your imaginations – there are lots of possibilities!)

  • sugar cube
  • salt
  • Smarties
  • cake sprinkles
  • cocoa powder

What You Will Need:

  • Items that dissolve (sugar cube, salt, cake sprinkles, Smarties) 
  • Ice cube tray or paint palette 
  • Pipette (or turkey baster, or medicine dispensing syringe, or a teaspoon) 
  • Cup of water 

Process:

  • Place an item in each compartment of the ice cube tray or paint palette.
  • Ask your child to make predictions for each item before you start the experiment.
    • Example: “Do you think that the salt crystals will fully dissolve with one drop of water? How many drops will it take to dissolve this much salt?”
  • Using the pipette (or whatever you have) have your child drop water (one drop at a time) on the different food items to see what will dissolve and what will not. 
  • After the experiment is done, talk with your child about which of their predictions came true, and where things differed. Reflecting on the process is a great way to make sense of what just took place and allows for further discussion and learning.  

Additional resources for child-friendly science experiments:

https://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments.html

https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/zoom/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/kids-science-experiments-that-adults-can-enjoy-too#.qwBaLdYgn

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/science/science-lab/

 

 

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