5 Fun Science Experiments the Kids Can Do at the Beach
With so many kids participating in virtual school, many families have chosen to head out for an early fall vacation! We thought it would be a great time to share some fun beach science projects you can try with the kids. If you haven't planned your fall beach vacation yet, take a moment to look at our late summer and early fall specials. We are offering up to 25% off on many of our vacation homes. If you need a home with WiFi to allow you to continue virtual classes then you are in luck, as most of our homes have great WiFi service.
Dissolve a Seashell
This is a wonderful way of showing children the power of acids in a safe and fun manner that's all about the beach. All you need for this experiment is a glass, some white vinegar, and a seashell. This experiment can be done anywhere and is certainly safe to do in any of our vacation homes. All you need to do is pick out your favorite shell. Place it in a glass and add white vinegar. The rest is science.
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Build a sand volcano
Volcanoes are an amazing expression of the earth's power. The flying lava and the rivers of magma are perennial favorites among kids at science museums. Our volcano is a lot safer and a whole lot more hands-on for the little ones. You only need a few items and you’re ready for an eruption of fun.
Here’s what you need:
Sand, a Sand Bucket, Baking Soda, Vinegar
Optional: food coloring (which adds a lot of wow factor to the experiment)
To make the volcano grab a bucket (a tall, skinny one is best, or a liter water bottle with the top cut off is ideal). Build up the sand using the bottle as the core until you have a large volcano-shaped mound. Add up to a cup of baking soda and then add the desired vinegar for the eruption. The kids will love this.
Fun with sand slime
Kids love the beach and kids love sand. So, making sand slime is a winning combination that'll be a fan favorite. This is an easy to make experiment that is appropriate for big and small kids alike. Learn about viscosity, surface tension, and don’t forget to grab a few scoops of sand to take home and have as a unique Ocean Isle Beech memento. Click here to get everything you need to make the ultimate sand slime.
Saltwater Experiments and Buoyancy
Kids will love learning about the difference between salt water and regular water with the floating egg experiment. This is a very simple experiment that is perfect to try while at the beach or, of course, it is also the perfect experiment to do on a rainy day. Check out this video to get loads of informative information about how saltwater affects the buoyancy of objects.
Learn about beach erosion
It’s never too early to start learning about the effects of beach erosion. Discover the causes of beach erosion and the science behind it. With this simple and fun experiment you can engage the kids in a meaningful discussion about this important topic.
Check out this video to see how easy this experiment is.
There is still plenty of time to book a fall beach vacation. We have a huge selection of great homes to choose from and many are featuring end of summer and early fall discounts. Call us today at 800-727-9222 to speak with one of our reservationists or click the button below to plan your next fall vacation today.