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Independence Day Science for Kids

by Rebecca Eanes

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4. Get a load of this Popping Firecracker Goop by Growing a Jeweled Rose.  This is an inexpensive experiment and kids and adults alike love goop! You’ll need corn starch, baking soda, Pop Rocks, and food coloring.

Step 1: Slowly add water to the corn starch until you have your desired consistency.

Step 2: Add the Pop Rocks! You can not only hear them popping, but you can feel it when you scoop the goop into your hands. That’s a new sensory experience for your little one!

Step 3: Add a bit of blue and red food coloring to bring in that Independence Day feel!

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5. The Science Kiddo brings us film canister rocket fireworks, and this not only looks fun, but your kids will create a masterpiece to keep! You’ll need 35 mm film canisters, tempera paint, glitter (optional), Alka-Seltzer tablets, and a white poster board.

Step 1: Fill each canister about ¼ of the way full with tempera paint. Add glitter if desired.

Step 2: Place your poster board on the ground. Drop a half tablet of Alka-Seltzer into each canister and shake well. Place the canister upside down onto the poster board and stand back!

Step 3: Watch as the film canisters blow open leaving a beautiful paint splatter on your poster board. Do this over the board in red, white, and blue for festive firework art!

Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 

 

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