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Backyard Adventures

School is out and the kids are bored. Here are some "assignments" to keep them busy and have fun.

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82 Summer Activities for Families

While originally developed for kids with special needs, this resource has a wide rage of great ideas to entertain your kids. Some activities will even help your kids stay safe.

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Floating Rainbows Science Experiment

Drops of food coloring will float in the oil for a few moments before creating floating rainbows in the glass jar. Children learn during this project that food coloring is more dense than oil, and the two do not mix. Instead, the drops pass through the oil to mix with the water.

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10 Best Backyard Science Experiments

Transform your backyard into your very own science lab and have a blast with these awesome summer science experiments. Everything from bubbles to "float or sink" to a nature color hunt.

You can ask your child or students what they think will happen, and then discuss their observations and results afterwards.

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Summer Science Projects

This site has projects for older students, with ideas like building an earth wormery, growing crystals, a model roller coaster, pizza box solar oven, a water purifier and easy solar prints.

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Backyard Science Lab!

Hosting a kids backyard science lab is educational, messy FUN (but easy to clean up outdoors). Do this for the neighborhood kids or a small class. Includes general tips and a couple of experiments.

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10 Backyard Science Experiments for Kids

Ten fun, messy science experiments that can be done outside. Experiments include squirt gun volcanoes, crystal geodes, the exploding sandwich bag (baking soda and vinegar), making bouncy balls and a lemon battery.

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50 Summer Science Ideas

Another site with ideas for student science experiments, like a parachute for an egg, a solar oven, making clean water, rose petal perfume, build a den, and measure a tree.

As an educator, you might want to assign a couple of these projects (the less messy ones) as extra credit. Or pass these resources on to the parents.

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