Rainbow ice chalk and 3 other easy child-led science experiments #How-To & DIY#big kids#creativity#diy#lil kids#tutorial July 15 2013 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Photos by Stephanie Kaloi. We're big fans of science experiments and experiences in our home so I'm always on the lookout for fun things to try. I found these experiments at Reading Confetti and Science Bob, and knew we had to try them. I feel like it's only fair to warn you that each of these experiments has a certain degree of mess involved — there's a lot of corn starch in this post. Without futher ado, let's get messy: Rainbow Ice Chalk What you need corn starch water food coloring ice tray How you do it Mix together equal parts corn starch and water Add food coloring Freeze Take it outside and experiment! Make clouds My kid is a big fan of Bill Nye the Science Guy, and while watching the episode about water cycles he asked if we could make our own clouds. I figured we likely could, and found this video tutorial pretty quickly. Here's a photo version: Related Post Bath time + Valentine's Day = an awesome mess-free, water-friendly craft I set up the fun bath for my two preschool-aged children by tracing foam hearts on the walls around the tub using bath crayons. Inside... Read more What you need a jar of water matches spoon tray of ice How you do it To see cloud better, put black construction paper behind jar (or some other dark backdrop) Place match and lid on a table next to open jar. Heat about a cup of water to boiling, enough for it to steam plenty. CAREFULLY pour water in jar (make sure the jar isn't cold so the expanding glass doesn't shatter). Light match or paper (if using paper, first roll it up tightly so it burns more slowly). Extinguish lit object to cause smoking, then quickly drop into jar and cover. Watch cloud form. Make a parachute What you need plastic bag scissors string willing participant (tip: don't use a hard, plastic toy. Especially don't use a toy your husband has had since he was a small child, or be prepared to scurry to Ebay to buy a new one like, immediatley after launch.) How you do it Cut your plastic bag into an octagon (I did this, but older kids could do this themselves. Bonus round: talk about shapes!) Attach string to the bag. I poked a hole with a thumbtack and threaded the embroidery thread through. Launch your parachute Succeed or fail! As you can see, Spidey didn't quite do so well, but my son and I both yelled, "In the name of SCIENCE!" when we were finished. Quicksand What you need corn starch water spoon bowl How you do it Mix one cup of corn starch and 2/3 cup of water. Stir Adjust levels if necessary, mixture should be solid when you pick it up, liquid when dripping. Have fun/make a mess. Seriously, here's what my kitchen looked like after my son was finished: I only had to mop three times to get it up. THREE TIMES. If you don't like messes, don't do this. Luckily I don't mind them… too much. There are tons more experiments here — get nerdy! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS How to deal with a bad landlord that just doesn't care… NEXT When you're not your biological child's "first" parents Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] Yay science! One tip I want to pass on for anyone looking for science experiments/demonstrations for their kids. If you're not particularly savvy in science yourself, don't use pinterest. The amount of misinformation I have seen on there (most troubling is when they're pinned on homeschooling boards 😐 ) is insane. And I'm not just talking about the fact there are a fair number of creationists on pinterest – no, they are attempting to do things such as say that making a rootbeer float is a chemical reaction. 2 agree Reply Totally agree! I found the ice chalk on Pinterest and liked it a lot, but the rest are from the site linked at the bottom. 🙂 Reply I saw on some blog (and of course now I can't remember which to link it) a recipe for ice chalk that replaced some of the cornstarch with baking soda – maybe half? or a quarter? Then after the kids are done drawing, they can squirt vinegar on it to make it bubble and fizz. 1 agrees Reply Due to the size of my browser window, I could only see the top half of the final picture… "Ha thats not a mess!!" *scroll down* "Oh…" 1 agrees Reply Definitely going to try that ice chalk. I had to comment, though, to tell me how much I love your kitchen table set! 🙂 Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.