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Old 03-06-2009, 07:30 PM - Thread Starter
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Posting this on gifted and on homeschool boards. Thanks!

Easter is coming and we give the kids baskets from the "bunny". Dd knows that we are the bunny, but we plan on keeping this as a tradition even when all three know. However, I don't want pointless junk in the basket. Since Anna is REALLY into science lately, I was thinking of picking up some stuff for science experiments and making her basket kinda themed. But, I don't really know what to put in it. We have plenty of baking soda and vinegar here but we really don't have any "basic kit".

What would you include?

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How old is she? Does she have a preference for type of science (biological, chemistry, mechanics, earth science, physics, etc.)

Well anyway here are my ideas - a magnifying glass, a net for bug catching, some pH paper, her own lab notebook, some books on classifying bugs or plants, a Styrofoam board and some pins for collections, a mortar and pastel, a graduated cylinder, a couple of inexpensive little motors (we got several small ones at radio shack for a couple dollars), wheels, a small balance, a reasonably priced microscope (It doesn't have to be real expensive or a high magnification to see lots of cool things).

I'll probably be back as I come up with more.

There are so many cool lab experiments you can do with regular household items that I can't think of a whole lot of special stuff you would need.

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She is nine. She seems really interested in chemisty the most. She is also interested in electricity -- which to me seems different than science, but I guess it is science.

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Oh man... my favorite book in the whole world for this is the "Everything Kids Magical Science Experiments Book." It's like $8.00 trade paperback and has tons of great ideas way beyond baking soda.
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Maybe one of those electricity meters? http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...LAID=107593109

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Since she is into electricity...
  1. Tiny light bulbs (it'd be really cool if you can find them in easter colors.)
  2. Wire, the usual coated stuff, but also plain copper wire (with enough copper she can make a generator.)
  3. A set of wire cutter, pliers and stippers.
  4. Solar cells.
  5. Magnets (needed if she wants to make generator.)
  6. batteries.
  7. A book or video that explain what to do with all this stuff.
If you can't find something locally try here http://www.sciplus.com/index.cfm (if you are tempted by the rock drill on the front page, I just saw one at Michael's on clearance.)

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What about a molecule modeling kit? Mega Molecule is one brand...
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With electronics there are lots of cool kits out there to play with. Like this one or this one

In my above post the chemistry stuff would be the ph paper, the mortor and pestal, the graduated cylinder and the balance. Some flasks and beakers could be fun as could some dry ice to play with for the day.

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It would be neat to theme it to Easter/spring... like all the materials to make a rubber egg.

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A box of lemon jello and a laser pen light. I'm only partly kidding.

You can make jello fiber optics (we did a few days ago):

http://growinginpeace.wordpress.com/...ics-revisited/

Though it wouldn't fit into an easter basket, what about snap circuits?

http://www.elenco.com/snapcircuits.html

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UC Berkeley's Lawrence Labs designed a chemistry kit based on ice cream: http://www.scientificexplorer.com/%2...pages/506.html
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I can't believe how many good ideas there are out there. EEPSTER, how do you make a generator? Is it very difficult? Thanks for all the ideas. Keep'em coming. This is great!

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EEPSTER, how do you make a generator? Is it very difficult?
It's very easy, but oddly hard to find directions for it online. This was the best I could find.
http://www.utm.edu/departments/cece/...SAM/psam36.pdf
Most of them have you start by building a complex contration to hold the copper coils and magnets in place, but really all you need is to move the magnet past the coiled copper wire as fast as you can. You can just use a pencil to coil the wire around.

Here's how to make a really simple motor with the listed supplies.
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/728863...rash_dc_motor/
It was much easier to find these directions.

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Some great generator plans here: http://www.re-energy.ca/

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I saw this thread off the main MDC page - when I was that age, I was in a science club. One of the things we were starting to get into was model rockets. Maybe she'd like them too - they combine a lot of interesting science topics.
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I posted on your other thread that I like checking out stuff on Edmunds Scientific http://scientificsonline.com

(Try code FGR for free shipping off $50 or more or try TY2 for 12% off.)

But I wanted to add ds and I enjoyed this electricity themed online puzzle game, in case your dd would be interested. http://www.kongregate.com/games/Twin...s/electric-box

We're stuck on level 14 so if anyone checks it out, let me know what we're missing there.

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I was thinking about getting my DS the Bugville Butterfly treehouse for Easter. I think that would be a neat science project for spring!
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But I wanted to add ds and I enjoyed this electricity themed online puzzle game, in case your dd would be interested. http://www.kongregate.com/games/Twin...s/electric-box

We're stuck on level 14 so if anyone checks it out, let me know what we're missing there.
That really is pretty addictive. I'm affraid I can't help with level 14 though, since the program crashed on level 13 . What browser are you using?

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That really is pretty addictive. I'm afraid I can't help with level 14 though, since the program crashed on level 13 . What browser are you using?
Ack how frustrating (for me )! We have Macs and have been using both Safari 3.2.1 and Firefox 3.0.6.

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We are going to check out that game. And thinks for the info on generators and motors. I was never interested in them as a kid so I am learning too!

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OK, I got level 14 but my solution didn't work consistently. I dunno if it's a program glitch or due to using a slower computer. But I unlocked the next level, at any rate.

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