Outdoor Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park

Outdoor Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park

by Liz Lee Heinecke

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Learn physics, chemistry and biology in your own backyard! At-home science provides an environment for freedom, creativity and invention that is not always possible in a school setting. In your own backyard, it's simple, inexpensive, and fun to whip up a number of amazing science experiments using the great outdoors. Science can be found all around in nature. Outdoor Science Lab for Kids offers 52 fun science activities for families to do together. The experiments can be used as individual projects, for parties, or as educational activities for groups. Outdoor Science Lab for Kids will tempt families to learn about physics, chemistry and biology in their backyards. Learn scientific survival skills and even take some experiments to the playground! Many of the experiments are safe enough for toddlers and exciting enough for older kids, so families can discover the joy of science together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631591839
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication date: 06/01/2016
Series: Lab for Kids Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 30 MB
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Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Liz Lee Heinecke has loved science since she was old enough to inspect her first butterfly. After working in molecular biology research for ten years and getting her master's degree, she left the lab to kick off a new chapter in her life as a stay-at-home mom. Soon she found herself sharing her love of science with her three kids as they grew, journaling their science adventures on her KitchenPantryScientist website. Her desire to spread her enthusiasm for science to others soon led to a regular segment on her local NBC affiliate, an opportunity to serve as an Earth Ambassador for NASA, and the creation of an iPhone app, with the goal of making it simple for parents to do science with kids of all ages, and for kids to experiment safely on their own. You can find her at home in Minnesota, wrangling her kids, writing for her website, updating the KidScience app, teaching microbiology to nursing students, singing, playing banjo, painting, running, and doing almost anything else to avoid housework. Liz graduated from Luther College and received her master's degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Table of Contents

Introduction 08

Unit 01 Captivating Creatures 13

Lab 1 Macroinvertebrate Marvels 14

Lab 2 Water Bear Hunt 16

Lab 3 Tadpole Transformation 18

Lab 4 Butterfly Garden 20

Unit 02 Driveway Physics 23

Lab 5 Produce-Bag Parachutes 24

Lab 6 Crazy Catapult 26

Lab 7 Cardboard-Box Projector 28

Lab 8 Sock Centrifuge 30

Lab 9 The Bernoulli Effect 32

Unit 03 Invertebrate Inspection 35

Lab 10 Bug House 36

Lab 11 Sweep Net Arthropod Inspection 38

Lab 12 Fishing for Flatworms 40

Lab 13 Earthworm Eruption 42

Unit 04 Picnic Table Chemistry 45

Lab 14 Foaming Slime 46

Lab 15 Giant Bubbles 48

Lab 15 Driveway Frescos 50

Lab 17 Lemonade Stand Lip Balm 52

Lab 18 Super Spheres 54

Unit 05 Bountiful Botany 57

Lab 19 Flowerbox Phototropism Bomb 58

Lab 20 Marvelous Moss 60

Lab 21 Petal Bomb 62

Lab 22 Aquatic Oxygen 64

Lab 23 Tiny Trees 66

Unit 06 Atmospheric and Solar Science 69

Lab 24 Solar Heat Beam 70

Lab 25 Sun Prints 72

Lab 26 Bike-Pump Cloud 74

Lab 27 Flipped Water Glass 76

Lab 28 Ultraviolet Wave Detector 78

Unit 07 Garden Hose Science 81

Lab 29 Siphon Roller Coaster 82

Lab 30 Kiddie Pool Boats 84

Lab 31 Wavy Science 86

Lab 32 Water Elevator 88

Unit 08 Playground Physics 91

Lab 33 Ramp Races 92

Lab 34 Swing Pendulum 94

Lab 35 Picnic Blanket Relativity 96

Unit 09 Glorious Gardening 99

Lab 36 Allelopathy Experiment 100

Lab 37 Comprehending Compost 102

Lab 38 Plant Race 104

Lab 39 Garden Guest Book 106

Unit 10 Excellent Ecology 109

Lab 40 Protected Pitfall Traps 110

Lab 41 Algae Aquarium 112

Lab 42 Capture-Mark-Recapture 114

Lab 43 Moonlit Nature Walk 116

Lab 44 Quadrat Sampling 118

Unit 11 Earth Science 121

Lab 45 Supercool Experiment 122

Lab 46 Crystal Caves 124

Lab 47 Soil Filtration 126

Unit 12 Frozen Fun 129

Lab 48 Ice Cream Keep Away 130

Lab 49 Mouthwatering Maple Candy 132

Lab 50 Snow Melt Experiment 134

Lab 51 Frozen Volcanoes 136

Lab 52 Cole-Air Balloons 138

Resources 141

Acknowledgments 142

About the Author 143

About the Photographer 143

Also Available 144

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