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Celebrating Fall with Science Experiments

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Celebrating Fall with Science Experiments
Celebrating Fall with Science Experiments
looooove fall! Jumping into a pile of colorful leaves, picking pumpkins with my friends, or enjoying a warm cup of tea under a cozy blanket are seasonal things I look forward to every year. And while I’m a fan of classic fall activities, I’m always eager to try new things – and learn along the way. 
Going to class every day and seeing the changing colors made me wonder about how I can enjoy autumn in an educational way. And then I had a “Eureka!” moment – science experiments! Science is one of my favorite subjects, and experiments are the perfect opportunity to combine learning with the fun of fall. 

Here are 5 fall-tastic science activities I tried out this season: 

Pumpkin Volcano
Materials: 

  • A pumpkin 
  • Baking soda 
  • Vinegar 
  • Food coloring (optional) 

Step 1: Carve an opening at the top of your pumpkin and take out as many seeds as you can.  

Step 2: Add a few dashes of baking soda, some dish soap, and a bit of food coloring into the pumpkin.  

Step 3: Pour the vinegar in and watch the “volcano” erupt!

Doll with pumpkin.
Corn Sprouts
Materials: 

  • Colorful ear of corn (husk removed) 
  • Baking dish 
  • Water 

Step 1: Place the ear of corn into the dish and fill it up with water to about a third of the ear. 

Step 2: Let it sit for a few days and add water as needed so that it always stays at the same level. 

Step 3: After about a week, you should see little sprouts appearing all over the ear! 

Leafy Colors
Materials: 

  • 3 leaves of different colors 
  • 3 small containers with lids 
  • Boiling water 
  • Rubbing alcohol 

Dolls playing with fall leaves.
Step 1: Boil a pot of water and place the leaves inside for a few minutes. 

Step 2: While the leaves boil, fill the containers with rubbing alcohol. 

Step 3: Carefully remove the leaves from the water and place each one into a container. 

Step 4: Check on the containers the next day and you’ll see that the liquid took on the color of each leaf! 

Sink or Float
Materials: 

  • Big jar of water 
  • Fall-inspired objects such as a mini pumpkin, pinecone, leaf, apple, bark, stone, and more. 

Step 1: Gather up a little group of friends or family. 

Step 2: Ask each one whether they think a given object will sink or float. 

Step 3: Place the objects in the water one by one to see who was right! (Maybe even have small prizes ready for those who win!) 

Red Apple Slime
Materials: 

  • Clear glue 
  • Saline solution 
  • Water 
  • Baking soda 
  • Red food coloring
  • Apple-scented essential oil 
  • Large bowl 

Dolls around basket of apples.
Step 1: Mix glue and water in the bowl. 

Step 2: Add a few drops of food coloring and essential oil. 

Step 3: Add the baking soda and stir. 

Step 4: Add the saline solution and continue stirring until the fall slime forms! 

What kind of science experiments would you try out this season? Share your results by tagging me @loridolls! 
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