DIY Quicksand Science: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

January 20, 2015

DIY Quicksand Science experiment fun for kids from waddleeahchaa.com

 Week at a Glance:

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler
  • DIY Quicksand Science with Photo Directions

Fun Science Experiments for Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler

Why we love this book:

I am going to pick up where we left off before the Christmas Holidays. The Holiday season was a blur for me but I finally think I’m beginning to get back on track. (As much on track as I can be!) In December, I introduced our new favorite science book Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes and our Easy Homemade Gak Experiment. Teacher Steve Spangler is a science experiment sensation.

After doing a bunch of research, we checked out both of Mr. Spangler’s science experiment books from our local library. Mr. Spangler is a science teacher who turns science time into a hands-on, incredibly fun time.  I like the Naked Eggs version because it has clear step-by-step directions with photos. Each science experiment also includes an in-depth kid friendly science explanation. My kids love this book so much that I gifted it to MacGyver for Christmas. My kids actually cheered when the book was unwrapped Christmas morning.

When it is science experiment week, my kiddos peruse the experiments in the book and pick one, making a list of the supplies we need. You’ll have most of the supplies at home and the others can be found at the grocery store. I prefer Mr. Spangler’s first book as the experiments are fairly easy and don’t require unusual supplies. His second book is very cool, but the experiments are a bit more involved. Now that the chaos of the Holidays is over, I’m back to sharing some of the experiments we have enjoyed.

DIY Quicksand Science Fun

DIY quicksand science experiment fun for kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Supplies

  • Corn Starch (16 oz. box)
  • mixing bowl
  • cookie sheet, large pan or tray
  • 2 cups water
  • spoon
  • food coloring optional

DIY quicksand science experiment fun for kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 1: Mix Corn Starch and Water

  • Add about 4 ounces of corn starch to mixing bowl.
  • Slowly add about 1/2 cup of water.
  • Use a spoon to mix or have more fun and dig right in with your hands.
  • Continue adding corn starch and water in small amounts until the mixture is the consistency of honey.
  • You’ll mix roughly one box of cornstarch with 1 to 2 cups of water.

DIY quicksand science experiment fun for kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 2: Sink Your Hand into the Quicksand

  • Sink your hand into the quicksand, moving it slowly and very quickly. What happens?
  • Sink your entire hand into the quicksand and try pulling it out. How does it feel? That is the sensation of the quicksand?
  • Drop in a small plastic animal and try to pull it out. Is it easy or hard to remove?

DIY quicksand science experiment fun for kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 3: Pour the Mixture onto a Tray

  • Put your hands in the mixture and try to move them around. What happens?
  • Move them slowly and move them quickly. What happens?

DIY quicksand science experiment fun for kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 4:  Roll the Mixture Between Your Hands

  • Try to pick up the mixture with your hands. What happens?
  • Roll the mixture between your hands. What happens?
  • Put the mixture in your flat palm. What happens?
  • “The cornstarch-water mixture, and real quicksand, are both examples of non-Newtonian fluids because their viscosity changes when stress or force is applied,  not when heat is applied.” *Steve Spangler

DIY quicksand science experiment fun for kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 5: Experiment, Play and Have Fun!

  • The kids added all kinds of plastic toys to experiment with their quicksand mixture.
  • Hint, hint . . . this will keep your kids occupied for a long time!
  • This quicksand goo is great for this time of year when everyone is trapped indoors.
  • You can store the mixture in a plastic Ziploc or bowl with lid.

DIY quicksand science

Step 6: Record Your Findings

  • My kids each have a little science journal where they record their experiments and what they’ve learned.

Fun Science Experiments for Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes by Steve Spangler

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Have you ever seen real quicksand? Just curious. I don’t know anyone who’s ever experienced real quicksand. But I have seen it in the movies. Does that count? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, February 6, 2015

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, February 9, 2015. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

*Disclaimer . . . I am sick today  . . . so if any part of this post sounds like I’m hallucinating . . . I just might be . . .

*Update . . . I have the flu . . . wish I had just been hallucinating this flu stuff stinks!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsay M January 20, 2015 at 1:44 pm

No, I have never seen real quicksand.

Kristin Goodson January 20, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Thank goodness I have never seen quicksand! But these experiments look fun!

maryanne @ mama smiles January 21, 2015 at 5:22 pm

I HAVE seen real quicksand – at Le Mont St. Michel is France. It’s pretty scary stuff!

maryanne @ mama smiles January 21, 2015 at 5:22 pm

(sigh) IN not IS. I need to type more slowly/accurately.

Elizabeth January 23, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Love the sailboat in the quicksand. :) What a great way to get kids interested in science!

Thanks for sharing,
Sail Away Girl

Tara H January 23, 2015 at 8:03 pm

Not seen real quicksand but this experiment seems great! Hope you’re feeling better soon!

Shannon F January 25, 2015 at 3:29 am

I have never seen real quicksand… in fact, I was almost 20 before I realized that quicksand is real and not just in movies! Hahaha!

Jeannine January 26, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Thanks Tara, nothing like the flu to take a week off of your life.

Brittany Koelmel January 27, 2015 at 10:25 am

I have never seen real quick sand and I hope to keep it that way!

Krista January 28, 2015 at 8:54 pm

I have not seen quicksand but I have seen a redwood tree fall with no help from a chainsaw and it made a sound, a rather loud sound.

Shalome Westberg February 4, 2015 at 11:46 pm

I have seen a quicksand like situation when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa! All the locals were deeply scared of water and mud and there was probably good reason.

Shalome Westberg February 4, 2015 at 11:47 pm

I have seen a quicksand like situation when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa! Fun book!Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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