25 July 2012

Science experiments with plastic bottles (discovery bottle, lava lamp, magnet bottle, blowing up a balloon and plastic bottle links)





This summer we having been enjoying lots of science play in our garden. Here our some of our recent science experiments with plastic bottles.

DISCOVERY BOTTLE

We made a discovery bottle using a large plastic bottle, water, vegetable oil, glitter and sequins.










Later we added coloured glass stones (which make a nice sound when the bottle is shaken),



and some red food colouring.



MINI LAVA LAMP

We used a small plastic bottle to make a simple mini lava lamp. We filled the bottle three quarters full with vegetable oil and then filled the rest with a mixture of water and blue food colouring. This works best giving the bottle a good shake.









PIPE CLEANER MAGNET BOTTLE

We cut pipe cleaners into small pieces and put them in a plastic bottle, then used a magnet to move them about inside the bottle.



BLOWING UP A BALLOON

We used a plastic bottle, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to blow up a balloon. This was inspired by Little Homeschool Blessings who posted instructions at Balloon Experiments and linked up at the Summer Carnival. I knew Sunnyboy would love this experiment!









5 plastic bottle links from the Summer Carnival:

Little Homeschool Blessings shared instructions for blowing up a balloon with a plastic bottle in Balloon Experiments.
Mama of Many Blessings made wonderful Ocean in a Bottle discovery bottles as part of an Ocean/Beach Unit.
Zing Zing Tree used a plastic bottle as the storage core for a fabulous giant Paper Mache Volcano.
All Things Beautiful used buckets, cups and plastic bottles for a fun Water Bottle Relay.
We-Made-That.com painted inside plastic bottles to make a great set of toddler Color Matching Bottles.



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18 comments:

  1. AnonymousJuly 25, 2012

    Wonderful, really good fun while learning too. Mum and Dad

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  2. Some great learning tips there and fun in the process. I love the idea of the lava lamp! Thanks for sharing with me on Country Kids

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  3. That's a lot of fun to get from one bottle!!!
    I love the lava lamp idea. I'm going to find a little bottle to make our own as soon as I post this comment :)

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  4. Not sure if this posted the first time. Sorry if there was a double up.
    That is a lot of fun to get from a bottle! I love the the lava lamp idea so much I'm going to go and find a little bottle to make our own when the boys wake up. Thanks

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  5. Great collection of bottle ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Looks like fun and educational too, great outdoor fun x

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  7. I love discovery bottles, I think my favorite is the magnet one.

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  8. Oh what a brilliant experiment. I love it.

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday showcase.

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  9. Oh, how fun! I love it!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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  10. brilliant ideas! I love the mini lava lamp. xx

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  11. Wonderful set of experiments. So fascinating!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  12. Looks like loads of fun & learning taking place, thanks for adding this to the outdoor play link up.

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  13. Such simple experiments - I especially love the lava lamp!

    Thanks for linking up to Learning Laboratory!

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  14. What great ideas. i love the one with the pipe cleaners and the magnet.

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  15. These are great! what a clever idea for minimum expense.

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  16. We love science fun at our house, and any use for plastic bottles is always welcome (especially when magnets are involved!) I will be following along to read more of your terrific ideas. If you have the time and interest, I would love if you checked out my blog of kids' projects etc at Kartwheels. Have a great day!
    Karen
    http://kartwheels.org/

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  17. We love science fun at our house, and any use for plastic bottles is always welcome (especially when magnets are involved!) I will be following along to read more of your terrific ideas. If you have the time and interest, I would love if you checked out my blog of kids' projects etc at Kartwheels. Have a great day!
    Karen
    http://kartwheels.org/

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