Here follow my instructions for parents and other adults who help kids with the experiments.
In order to get the most out of the experiments, there are some ground rules for parents to keep in mind:
Do the experiments together, but don’t take over. I guess that sounds obvious, but it is really easy to become so involved and want to help the children, that the kids end up doing nothing. Let your child be the driving force!
Make sure to pay extra attention when chemicals and fire are involved. These experiments are designed to be safe for kids, but as both fire and hazardous chemicals (ex. detergents) are used, it is important that you as an adult take the responsibility for the safety of the lab.
Dare to experiment! The instructions are there for guidance in the experiment, but please try to change proportions, try other subjects and play on the basis of your imagination. Ask a lot of “What if…?” questions.
If you don’t already know the answer, make it a project to find it out together with your kids. You will most certainly receive 1000+ questions as a result of your experimentation. For each experiment, there is an explanation for the phenomenon, but I am sure more issues will pop up – both in your child’s and your own head. Google is your friend!
The experiments are adapted for children aged 7-12, but they can be done with both younger and older kids. If your child can read, start by letting them read the entire instruction high before you get started.
Some more, obvious rules:
Do not light a flame under anything flammable.
If someone gets a chemical on the skin, in the eyes or accidentally consumes it – follow the safety instructions and/or contact the health care provider.
Do not eat the lab material (even if it is a piece of candy) – thoroughly clean and wipe off all surfaces used in the lab.
Some extra material that might be needed during the experiments:
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