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    Best Bubble Recipes

    Kids, how often have you felt like blowing bubbles but couldn’t find a bottle of them around the house? And are you tired of bubbles that pop as soon as you blow them? A soap bubble consists of a thin layer of water trapped between two layers of soap molecules. The tricks to longer-lasting,...

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    Glowing Petroleum Jelly

    Kids, what makes certain things glow under black lights? First, let’s talk about the light. The reason black lights are called "black lights" is because they give off very little light that our eyes can see. Visible light contains the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, and bl...

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    Make Fake Glass

    Kids, why aren’t people really hurt in movies when they appear to be thrown through glass windows? To discover their secret you can make stage "fake" glass by heating sugar and spreading it onto a cookie sheet. Be sure to have adult supervision when you do this activity! Please note: All ...

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    Water Balloon Ice Gems

    Kids, this is an easy way to make some decorations for your house if you live in a cold climate. You'll need water, balloons, food coloring, and outside temperatures below 25°F for at least two days. Please note: All chemicals and experiments can entail an element of risk, and no experiments ...

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    Homemade Essential Oil Air Fresheners

    Kids, have you heard that necessity is the mother of invention? For those of you with asthma who can use some help in the room-deodorizing department, there is hope. The answer is homemade, all-natural, essential oil powered, gel based air fresheners. They smell great. They last a good long time....

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    Crystal Snowflake Ornaments

    Kids, learn how to cover a paper snowflake with crystals to make a glittering crystal snowflake decoration! You will crystallize borax onto homemade paper snowflakes, in any size you like. You will need: round paper coffee filters, borax, water, scissors, and food coloring (optional). Please not...

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    Rainbow in a Glass

    Kids, can you imagine drinking a rainbow? In this example of the principle of density, you can! All that you’ll need is four glasses of the same size, sugar, water, and food coloring. Please note: All chemicals and experiments can entail an element of risk, and no experiments should be perf...

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    The Chemical Bulletin - January 2012 to December 2012

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    Burning Your Candle from Both Ends

    Kids, the “seesaw” candle is a fire science trick that teaches how combustion and Newton's Third Law of Motion work. A candle, balanced between a pair of glasses, seesaws up and down on its own as it burns. The most important thing you’ll need to try this trick is an adult partner....

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    Newspaper Nails

    Kids, how did your friend get that newspaper text on her fingernails? Here you will learn how to do it and why it works. This activity gives new meaning to having the latest information at your fingertips! You will need: pieces of newspaper, top and base coat nail polish, grey/nude/white/light pink ...

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