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Engage with your kids by doing fun science-y activities with ingredients you have at home.

Make a tie dye mask! This activity is best enjoyed with a grown-up present.

Make a tie dye mask! This activity is best enjoyed with a grown-up present.

Materials:

  • Cotton masks (We found ours at Big Lots)
  • Fabric dye (We found ours at Walmart)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rubber bands
  • Bowl of warm water

Steps:

  • Make your work space – We found some discarded paper from an Amazon package and put a few layers of it on the ground outside to avoid making a mess indoors. The paper absorbed any dye that wasn’t absorbed by the masks.
  • Prepare your fabric – Twist, crumple, fold, or manipulate your fabric however you’d like to make a cool design, wrapping with rubber bands along the way. There’s no wrong way to tie dye, so feel free to experiment! Then let the masks soak in warm water for a few minutes. This will help them accept the dye more easily.
  • Put on some protective gloves and mix your dye – We filled our dye bottles with warm water and shook them to make sure all the dye was dissolved.
  • Dye your masks – The fun part! Carefully apply the dye to the masks, and make sure it gets into the folds of the fabric. If the colors mix together – no worries! You’ve made a new color
  • Wrap your dyed masks in plastic wrap, or reuse a plastic bag, to keep the fabric damp. Let it set for several hours. We wanted our colors to be really vibrant, so we let our masks set for 24 hours.
  • Rinse – Wearing your protective gloves, rinse your dyed masks and then remove the rubber bands to reveal your amazing creation! Then wash in hot water with a little bit of laundry soap a few times to make sure any loose color is washed out. We threw a couple Shout Color Catcher sheets into our wash to easily absorb loose color. We recommend washing and drying the masks separately from other laundry for their first few washes to avoid transfer of color onto other garments.
  • Wear your mask!

Bubble Science Experiment with Pumpkins Combine Halloween science and sensory exploration for your early learners

Bubble Science Experiment with Pumpkins Combine Halloween science and sensory exploration for your early learners

Materials:

  • Pre-gutted pumpkin
  • Straw
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Optional: pan or towel to catch the mess

Steps:

  • Fill your pre-gutted pumpkin with water (filling halfway)
  • Add a drop of dish soap to the water
  • Use a straw to blow bubbles into the pumpkin
  • Watch in amazement as the bubbles expand and overflow in the pumpkin!

FUN FACT: Bubbles are made by a soapy “skin” surrounding the air. When you blow the air into the soapy solution, the bubbles surround the air. You may find a rainbow appear in the bubbles if one separates!

NOTE: Parental supervision is advised. Do not ingest the soapy mixture.

Things to DO

Engage with your kids by doing fun science-y activities with ingredients you have at home.

Make a tie dye mask! This activity is best enjoyed with a grown-up present.

Make a tie dye mask! This activity is best enjoyed with a grown-up present.

Materials:

  • Cotton masks (We found ours at Big Lots)
  • Fabric dye (We found ours at Walmart)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rubber bands
  • Bowl of warm water

Steps:

  • Make your work space – We found some discarded paper from an Amazon package and put a few layers of it on the ground outside to avoid making a mess indoors. The paper absorbed any dye that wasn’t absorbed by the masks.
  • Prepare your fabric – Twist, crumple, fold, or manipulate your fabric however you’d like to make a cool design, wrapping with rubber bands along the way. There’s no wrong way to tie dye, so feel free to experiment! Then let the masks soak in warm water for a few minutes. This will help them accept the dye more easily.
  • Put on some protective gloves and mix your dye – We filled our dye bottles with warm water and shook them to make sure all the dye was dissolved.
  • Dye your masks – The fun part! Carefully apply the dye to the masks, and make sure it gets into the folds of the fabric. If the colors mix together – no worries! You’ve made a new color
  • Wrap your dyed masks in plastic wrap, or reuse a plastic bag, to keep the fabric damp. Let it set for several hours. We wanted our colors to be really vibrant, so we let our masks set for 24 hours.
  • Rinse – Wearing your protective gloves, rinse your dyed masks and then remove the rubber bands to reveal your amazing creation! Then wash in hot water with a little bit of laundry soap a few times to make sure any loose color is washed out. We threw a couple Shout Color Catcher sheets into our wash to easily absorb loose color. We recommend washing and drying the masks separately from other laundry for their first few washes to avoid transfer of color onto other garments.
  • Wear your mask!
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Bubble Science Experiment with Pumpkins Combine Halloween science and sensory exploration for your early learners

Bubble Science Experiment with Pumpkins Combine Halloween science and sensory exploration for your early learners

Materials:

  • Pre-gutted pumpkin
  • Straw
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Optional: pan or towel to catch the mess

Steps:

  • Fill your pre-gutted pumpkin with water (filling halfway)
  • Add a drop of dish soap to the water
  • Use a straw to blow bubbles into the pumpkin
  • Watch in amazement as the bubbles expand and overflow in the pumpkin!

FUN FACT: Bubbles are made by a soapy “skin” surrounding the air. When you blow the air into the soapy solution, the bubbles surround the air. You may find a rainbow appear in the bubbles if one separates!

 

NOTE: Parental supervision is advised. Do not ingest the soapy mixture.

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