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.
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. I was challenged by the 99 to create a budget-friendly Easter basket, so I jumped at the chance to build an inexpensive science Easter basket for my kids.
Make Your Own Science Easter Basket on a Budget
What We Purchased:
- Construction paper
- Googly eyes
- Safety sunglasses
- Stand-alone Easter eggs
- Mason jar cup
- Baking soda
- Food coloring
- School glue
- Laundry starch
- Easter bubble wands
- Jellybean-filled Easter eggs
- Plastic Easter basket
- Easter grass
- Easter-themed bucket
How We Used It
Our science Easter basket has four main science projects. The jellybeans are just for fun!
Project 1: Fizzing Easter Eggs
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
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
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
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!).
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