Parents, however, often do not know where to start with making science accessible to children. But, to make life easier, there are many great websites that are there to help, such as The Royal Institution (http://www.rigb.org/experimental/) which has some fantastic on-line video and activity packs to encourage families to conduct hands-on science experiments in their kitchens using household objects or cheap materials. You don’t need to have any existing science knowledge as alongside the videos are info sheets with all the information you might need to make lava lamps, juice bottle rockets, microwave mug-cakes, candle-chemistry or Fizzy Fubes…and lots more!
Parents may balk at the explosive combination of small children with vinegar, milk, cooking oil, raw eggs, food colouring and effervescent tablets but ingredients like these make for fantastic hands on investigations that really make no more mess than cooking. You can use the acids in the orange juice and vinegar to dissolve the shells of raw eggs and are left with a bouncing egg – just like magic!