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Easy and Colorful Science Easter Basket on a Budget

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If you don’t want to overload your kids with candy this Easter, try making a science Easter basket instead!

If you’ve done any sort of science experiments in your home, you know they can quickly add up in price. I can’t spend ALL my money on STEM activities (although it would be kind of fun), which is why I like to shop for my supplies at the dollar store.

Here, I can find most things I need for science experiments and STEM projects without spending a bundle. And I don’t have to wait for shipping.

 If you don't want to overload your kids with candy this Easter, try making a science Easter basket instead using stuff from The 99 Cents Only store!

I want to build a science-themed Easter basket for my kids this year because we’re always doing STEM activities and science projects and we’re always running low on things. This year I wanted to build an inexpensive science Easter basket for my kids.

Related: Peeps STEM Activities and Science Projects

Make Your Own Science Easter Basket on a Budget

 If you don't want to overload your kids with candy this Easter, try making a science Easter basket instead using stuff from The 99 Cents Only store!
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What We Purchased:

  • Cornstarch
  • Peeps
  • Construction paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Safety sunglasses
  • Stand-alone Easter eggs
  • Mason jar cup
  • Baking soda
  • Food coloring
  • Vinegar
  • School glue
  • Laundry starch
  • Easter bubble wands
  • Jellybean-filled Easter eggs
  • Plastic Easter basket
  • Easter grass
  • Easter-themed bucket

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How We Used It

Our science Easter basket has four main science projects. The jellybeans are just for fun!

 If you don't want to overload your kids with candy this Easter, try making a science Easter basket instead using stuff from The 99 Cents Only store!

Project 1: Fizzing Easter Eggs

 If you don't want to overload your kids with candy this Easter, try making a science Easter basket instead using stuff from The 99 Cents Only store!

Add a drop of food coloring to each opened egg.

Pour baking soda over the food coloring.

Pour vinegar over the baking soda and watch the colors fizz!

Project 2: Chick Slime

 If you don't want to overload your kids with candy this Easter, try making a science Easter basket instead using stuff from The 99 Cents Only store!

Mix one part school glue and one part water. Add yellow food coloring. Add one part laundry starch (if you’re using the spray, spray it into a container first).

Mix until strands start to form. Let the mixture rest about 10 minutes. Strain any remaining liquid.

Slime is born!

Decorate the mason jar to look like a chick using the paper and googly eyes. Add the slime, and it becomes a chick.

Project 3: Peeps Playdough

 If you don't want to overload your kids with candy this Easter, try making a science Easter basket instead using stuff from The 99 Cents Only store!

Heat Peeps in the microwave for 30 seconds. Mix the softened marshmallow with cornstarch until a dough forms. Store in your Easter-themed tin.

Project 4: Easter Bubbles

 If you don't want to overload your kids with candy this Easter, try making a science Easter basket instead using stuff from The 99 Cents Only store!

The bubble kit, I was tickled to find, had everything we needed for bubble science already! Kids love trying to see if they can make shaped bubbles (you can’t; they always come out round!).

 If you don't want to overload your kids with candy this Easter, try making a science Easter basket instead using stuff from The 99 Cents Only store!
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