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I recently organized a Harry Potter event for tweens. It was a blast! We made wands and dressed up in robes. The best part of the event was the magical activities. These were actually science experiments in disguise. We had a lot of fun with them and the tweens were super impressed.
Sometimes science can be pretty magical.
Want to do something super fun with your family? Here are 11 simple science activities that are pretty magical!
Set up some of these magical experiments and impress your kids by bringing gummy worms to life, changing the colors of liquid, growing crystals, or magically inflating balloons with a simple spell.
Have fun! Enjoy the wide eyed wonder and the exclamations of delight. I know I did!
Bitz and Giggles has instructions for great experiment that lets you make gummy worms come alive!
Transform eggs into sparkling geodes. Wow!
Make some crystal snowflakes with borax
Head over to Happiness is Homemade to learn how to make crystals you can eat.
Have you ever seen slime that changes color in response to heat! How cool is that? Head over to toLeft Brain where you will find a tutorial. This will really wow your kids.
Babble Dabble Do combines art and science and transforms slime into a beautiful sun catcher.
This magnetic slime from Frugal Fun For Boys looks like something you’d see on a horror movie (which means it is guaranteed to impress).
How do you inflate a balloon without using breath? With science of course? At our Harry Potter we inflated balloons by capturing some Fungus Breath. The kids were really impressed with the results. It’s super easy to do. Find the directions here.
Download a free activity sheet to find another simple way to inflate balloons.
A few last experiments
I did this magical plastic bag experiment with some tweens and it was huge success. We used bamboo skewers instead of pencils. The record number inserted in a bag was 35.
We also made this potion that changes color. All you need is a purple cabbage and some vinegar and baking soda. This one really does look like magic. The kids were awed when it changed color.
Now it’s your turn
What do you think? Have you tried any other magical experiments? Which one did your children enjoy the most? Please leave some links in the comments below.