Friday, December 2, 2022

Top 10 Environment Science Project Ideas for Kids

Every teacher’s mind goes blank once in a while, overwhelmed by the demand for new activities. And every parent is looking for the perfect high school science fair project. Below are ten top ideas to kick-start your creativity, split into three segments: the environment, magnetics, and chemical reactions.

Top 10 environment science project Ideas for kids

1. Sprinkling Water

Fall Sensory JarUse one color of electrical tape, some pretty ribbon, and markers. Put a few holes in the top of the bottle with a push pin. To allow for air, puncture a few spots close together on the opposite side. Tape ribbons (with a bit of glue to seal it). Add more videos to help the ribbons hold. It’s finished!

2. Egg Carton Tulips

Egg Carton TulipsFirst, cut the egg cups off the carton. Then, poke two holes in the bottom of each cup, using a small pair of scissors. Then, thread the pipe cleaner into each egg cup — add a button to the inside — and threaded an inch or so back out. Next, twist the two ends together. Paint each flower. Use watercolor paints, but any color will work. You can even use markers.

3. Fall Sensory Jar

Fall Sensory JarStart by gathering all your objects. Next, remove about 1″-2″ of water from the bottle, then start adding things to the bottle. Add each item. While making the jar, be sure to keep the number of added things to the bottle to a minimum, or the items will not be able to move around freely. We learned this through trial and error. Bow add colors to all desired objects and seal the lid. Using your craft glue, close the lid shut so it is toddler-proofed. Make sure to use the glue in a well-ventilated area, and don’t give the bottle to your toddler until after the glue has completely dried.

4. Leaky Water Bottle

Leaky Water BottleThis project utilizes air pressure fundamentals to create a tricky water bottle that only leaks when uncapped. Follow along and amaze your family and friends! Use the needle to carefully make three small holes in a straight line near the bottle’s bottom third. Fill the bottle with water and food coloring. As the bottle is being filled, observe the water coming out of the holes. Now tighten the lid of the bottle. Unscrew the lid to reactivate your water sprinkler. Observe Results.

5. Eggheads

EggheadsTap the pointed end of the egg against a hard surface until it is slightly cracked. Using your finger, pull off bits of the shell until the opening is big enough for a good crop of hair. Dump the raw egg out and rinse the empty eggshell. Place your eggshells into an empty egg carton, and then place one soil pellet in each. Add in water until the soil has expanded and is nice and moist, or use potting soil. Sprinkle the grass seeds on top. Place your eggs in a sunny spot and check the soil daily. Add water if it looks or feels dry. You should see sprouts in a few days. Once the hair is long enough, you can style it however you’d like. Try tying the grassy hair or even trimming to a unique cut. Keep watering your eggheads, and enjoy!

6. Sprout Sculpture

Sprout SculptureIn your cup, mix 2 teaspoons of dry chia seeds with about one-half cup tap water. Set this aside to soak while you build your sponge structure. Make a tall skyscraper by gluing two sponges together. Also, make a short skyscraper by cutting one sponge width-wise and hot gluing the pieces together. We then glued the side of the skyscraper by the side on a base of two sponges. Cut up one more sponge into small squares for windows and decoration on the skyscrapers and glued them on. Set your sponge structure on a plate. Use a spoon to spread your chia seeds over your sponges generously. And sprinkle the wheat berry seeds in the areas that you want those to sprout. Set your plate somewhere with gentle sunlight and fill your plate with water. Then put water in your spray bottle and liberally spray your seeds and sponges. Place your clear container over your sponges and plate to act like a greenhouse.

7. Grass Seed + Sponge

Grass Seed + SpongeUse two sponges, one with antibacterial chemicals and one from Trader Joe’s. Grass seed can be found at a local nursery. First, wet the sponge. Then spread some grass seed on top of the sponge. Leave the sponges in a sunny spot and wait. In about four days, you will see some tiny sprouts.

8. Terrarium Note Card

Terrarium Note CardCut shapes from the card stock to resemble that of a terrarium glass jar. Use crayons to add rock and moss layers. Take the different layers of a terrarium garden. Use stickers or draw the plants. Cut the plastic sheet to the same size/shape as the card. Paste or glue just around the edge of the card to seal the plastic layer to the top. This is to create that glass jar look.

9. Frozen Ice and Sand Comets

Frozen Ice and Sand CometsUse a small bin of sand with a scoop. Prepare a large bowl of crushed ice. Place a pile of ice, topped by sand, on a tray. Mix it well. Scoop the mixture into a small bowl. Add more water and put the bowls in the freezer for a couple of hours. When the mixture is frozen solid, dip the bowl’s bottom into warm water to loosen the comet, then flip it over onto our tray.

10. Make a Wind Vane

Make a Wind VaneSketch a triangle on the container lid with a marker and cut the paper piece out. Afterward, cut out a rectangle from the container lid. Make an opening at the end of the straw on both sides and attach the triangle on one side and the other side’s rectangle. Insert a pin in the middle of the straw and to the right end of the skewer. Your wind vane is ready to use. Keep the wind vane in an open area where it is easy to view from the inside so that you could tell the wind direction easily without having to come outside.

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Anushree Trivedi
Anushree Trivedi
Anushree Trivedi is a 2nd-year chemical engineering undergraduate at HBTU, Kanpur. She is well- versed with content creation and have won various national level accommodates like On-Campus International Hult Prize Competition and emerged as the finalist in the Thermax 2020 challenge. She has also been awarded academic merit (top 0.1%) for the English language. She also serves as an Associate Head of E-Cell HBTU, Content Writer of Alumni Association, and Events Head of Robo Club HBTU.

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