Projects For Elementary School Students

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Fizzing Bath Balls

Make fizzing bath balls in class or as an at home project. This is a great science project that can also be used as gifts for family members. For this project you will need a measuring cup, Epsom salts, baking soda, lemon juice, food coloring, scented oils, wood spoon, spray bottle, melon baller, mixing bowl, waxed paper, blender, and cookie sheet. Cover teh cookie sheet with the waxed paper. Use the blender to powder 1/4 cup Epsom salts. Add 1 cup of baking soda to the powdered Epsom salts in a mixing bowl and blend together using a wooden spoon. In a spray bottle add 1 teaspoon lemon juice, two drops of the scented oil of your choice, two drops of the food coloring of your choice, and 1/4 cup water. Spray the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients, carefully stirring, The mixture will begin to bubble as the citric acid begins to reavt with the baking soda. When the mixture holds together and resembles damp sand, it is ready to be made into balls. Scoop out balls of the mixtures using the melon baller and place on the cookie sheet. Let the fizzing bath balls sit out over night, allowing them to dry. When ready to take a bath, drop the fizzing bath ball into the water.

Pop-up Forest Project

Bring the magical world of fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood or Snow White to life by making a pop-up forest after reading the story to the class. Have the students bring an empty cereal or cracker box from home. Other needed supplies include scissors, glue, construction paper, markers, paint, and paint brushes. Cut your cardboard in a rectangle then fold the cardboard in half. Open the cardboard back up and paint it to resemble a forest floor. Draw a few characters from the fairy tale, trees, bushes, and flowers on construction paper. Cut each drawing out, leaving a small tab at the bottom of each out-out. Fold the tabs down so each figure can stand up, and glue the tabs to the cardboard. Fold the cardboard and write the name of the story on front.

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